Next Stop: Overnight Train to Berlin

As many of my readers know, my husband and I go to Cuba every year for anywhere from 8 to 11 weeks. (Click the Cuba tag on the right hand side to pull up those travel blogs if you’re interested). One of the joys in going to the same place every year is meeting fellow tourists who also return year after year. It’s akin to a family reunion most of the time we’re there, as different tourists from all over the world return at different times during our stay.  Over the 12+ years that we’ve been going, we’ve become good friends with some of those other tourists, including Kerstin and her daughter Janine from Berlin, Germany.

Every year for the past few years, Kerstin has been asking us when we were going to come and visit them in Germany. Finally this year we took her up on her invitation. André had been stationed in Germany for four years while he was in the military, but hadn’t been allowed to visit Berlin at that time, so it had always been on his list of places he wanted to see. So he was especially excited when we finally left Paris and were headed to Berlin.

We had decided to take the night-train from Paris to Berlin. It was 13 hours, which for me had caused some anxiety, given that I suffer from fairly severe motion sickness. But to my delight, all it took was a little Gravol and I had no problems whatsoever. The train ride was quite rough throughout the France portion, but once we crossed into Berlin, the difference was pleasantly noticeable and we were actually able to sleep for a few hours.

The compartment was very tiny. I took pictures, just in case anybody who stumbles on this blog wants to see first-hand just how small these sleeping rooms are. They’re ingeniously laid-out though, and would have been comfortable enough if we had been able to check our baggage rather than have to stow it alongside the bottom bunk.

Here are those few pictures from the train. This is just a “stop-gap” blog while I put together part 1 of the Berlin series…I have lots of pictures and things to research in order to provide more information, so it might take a couple of days. So in the meantime, come and have a peek at our teeny tiny room on the overnight train to Berlin.


This is our sleeping compartment. There are three bunks in this room, but we didn’t need the uppermost one so it was not made up. This picture is taken from the door. The unit in the right-hand corner is a sink.

Another picture taken from the doorway

A better picture of the upper bunk

Andre inspecting all the gadgets and buttons that were all over the walls.

André inspecting all the gadgets and buttons that were all over the walls.

At least the luggage served as a useful shelf! Looking from the window.

At least the luggage served as a useful shelf! The brown slab on the bottom far right is the table which hooked up to notches located behind the suitcase, so we had to move everything around in order to eat. Well, I didn’t want crumbs on my bed, did I!


The yummy French baguette sandwiches (made with mouth-watering fresh bread) that we bought at the train station in Paris before catching the train. There was no dining car on this overnight train (which we found very strange), but once we were on board we learned that we could have ordered food, though probably not as good as these baguettes turned out to be!


André enjoying his baguette supper on the overnight train to Berlin.


Sharon enjoying the baguette supper and eyeing André’s too…just in case he decides he doesn’t want his…


André’s REALLY enjoying that baguette – and eyeing Sharon’s sandwich…just in case she can’t finish it…


Last glimpse of André’s baguette…going, going, gone…

Next Stop: Berlin Hauptbahnhof

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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5 Responses to Next Stop: Overnight Train to Berlin

  1. That is tiny! I’m glad you were able to sleep.


    • Sharon says:

      Can you imagine having three people in here? Or worse, six in the double compartments, which I’m sure are just two of these without that middle wall. I’m glad we slept too. But around 3am I was wishing we had bought more of those sandwiches.:)

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  2. Ha ha… ‘going going gone!’ So did Andre’ get to finish your baguette? I think the compartments look cozy, the beds are wide enough… sure is more comfortable than a plane. I love your blog! I feel I have been traveling with you. I love that you are sharing with us,… and whenever I see you have posted a new chapter, I click right on it. Thank you, Sharon, for sharing so much: all the details, so personally written, with charm and love.


    • Sharon says:

      It’s fun to write when I know that others are enjoying it…when we’re travelling I often take pictures knowing that you and Ruth will enjoy and “get” why I took those particular photos.

      Yes, the compartment was cozy, and the beds more than ample. And well-appointed, if you know what I mean. Beautiful sheets, plenty of reading lights, the table. We were surprised at how cleverly designed the rooms turned out to be.

      No, Andre didn’t get to finish my baguette. I think we both wished we had bought 3, one for each of us and then a third one to split between us. But we had plenty of chocolate with us too, so filled up on that as well. 😀


    • Sharon says:

      (Thank you, Angelika, I love your words)


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