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#1
Right. Tomorrow I will officially be up to hi-do with the flying, no-flying bollocks. To an extent the wonders of 3G cards means I can work as effectively (ish) here in Bavaria as I could in Wales.

However there is then all of the other factors - not least being I work to live, not live to work.

So if my old mucker Colin and the boys at NATS say no-go for tomorrow's aircraft...what options remain.

constraints/factors
- every hire car in eastern Europe is parked up on the docks of Calais.
- Eurostar is fully booked until Sunday.
- I've decided no to build a glider out of loo-rolls and papier mache

courses
- snail rail to Calais, ferry on foot then snail rail to LHR where the Cuddlesmobile is sat waiting its release.
- erm...that's all I've got so far

Does anybody have any constructive - or I will accept genuinely funny alternatives! - suggestions or know something about the European transport plot that I am missing out on?

It's either help free the Munich 1 - or I'll soon be climbing into women's bedrooms and not just peering in through them! :twisted:
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#3
Buy a ride in a truck heading to the coast (A ride for a ride), then down the docks and do favours for sailors in return for a trip over the Channel
 
#5
You could end up like that bird who was caught as a stowaway on the IOW ferry. When asked why she did it she replied that the ships engineer told her the ship was going to America and she could share his cabin. Apocryphal? Probably.
 

Sixty

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#7
Right. The film I watched last night would appear to suggest a multitude of options. Pick one of these:

1. Steal a rowing boat and set off down the Elbe until you chance upon a Swedish freighter. Straight up the ladder, identify yourself as an escaped British airman and you’ll be back in Blighty in time for tea and medals.

2. Bicycle the length of Germany and France until you reach the Spanish border. Affect an appalling Australian accent throughout. Avoid open-air cafeterias.

3. Steal an aeroplane. If I’m honest, this method was only partially successful but the chap brought it on himself by teaming up with a blind bloke as a co-pilot.

4. Steal a motorcycle and make it to the Swiss border in 20 minutes flat. Avoid barbed wire.
 
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fozzy

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#8
Alsacien said:
Train to Hamburg is quick, then:
http://www.dfdsseaways.de/ Hamburg - Harwich as a foot passenger.

Personnally I am amazed Wales has a mobile network - stay in Bayern, the weather looks good here for the week :D
Yep - thats one way

Or overnight train (Nachtzug) to Brussells then get the Eurostar from there

http://www.bahn.de/nachtzugreise/view/index.shtml

or once at Brussells look at Antwerp and Zeebrugge for crossings

The European train service is pretty joined up
 
#11
Thought about buying a horse, ride it to Calais and then get your money back by selling it to a frog for his Sunday lunch.
 
#12
Just cling to the underside of a 38 tonner like everyone else. Lose your passport and you might even get a council house.

On a serious note I'd think an ICE train to Hamburg, or and ICE and snail train to Rotterdam or Oostende may be the best bet.
 
#14
Cuddles, forget about railways - every seat in Europe was fully booked when I tried in Copenhagen on Saturday. The best option is to Google something like 'Private coach companies', destinations' and 'spare seats'. Alternatively, ring G.H. Watts coaches (who brought me back from Denmark on Saturday) on 0116 287 4037, I know they are doing a run to Geneva this week and will maybe have some spare seats.
 
#15
Look, mate. You can't expect the Chinese parliament to bail you out. They've got enough on their hands with earthquakes knocking down houses, and Uighur pikeys kicking off.

You'll just have to take a number, like everyone else.*

*No.94 Chicken and noodles in black bean sauce.
 

udipur

LE
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#17
Every man and his dog (should suit your avatar) is heading for the choke points of the main Channel ports.

If that won't work, why not head west, get to the Channel Islands and get a ferry from there? Or east up into the Baltic as mentioned above?

Public transport on the Continent shouldn't be a drama (probably more efficient than here) so you should have no worries.
 
#18
My parents are, at this moment, somewhere between Zurich and Paris on a train. Apparently, they had very little bother booking except for the language barrier- which was sorted when the clerk at their hotel got on the phone for them and translated.

Personally, I'm a bit disappointed- things are so much quieter when they're out of the country.
 
#19
Epaminondas said:
Right. The film I watched last night would appear to suggest a multitude of options. Pick one of these:

1. Steal a rowing boat and set off down the Elbe until you chance upon a Swedish freighter. Straight up the ladder, identify yourself as an escaped British airman and you’ll be back in Blighty in time for tea and medals.

2. Bicycle the length of Germany and France until you reach the Spanish border. Affect an appalling Australian accent throughout. Avoid open-air cafeterias.

3. Steal an aeroplane. If I’m honest, this method was only partially successful but the chap brought it on himself by teaming up with a blind bloke as a co-pilot.

4. Steal a motorcycle and make it to the Swiss border in 20 minutes flat. Avoid barbed wire.
If you do try any of the above methods UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES say 'thank you' if a foreign bod wishes you 'good luck' in a Bahnhof.
 

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