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Train Friends

I've got to admit I’m getting a bit sick of the perpetual threads which are different variations of 'i don't like other people’s habits'.

I spend a lot of time at the mercy of the Swiss train system and on the whole enjoy it. Interaction with other humans included. I do like seeing the same people in the same seats every day and the little human stories that go with them...the pregnant woman who came back after 4 months off, the students who do their course work out loud, the guy with the home-made Bircher muesli etc etc

Sometime, while having a beer on the Friday evening trip, you get to chat to someone. It’s nice, beer always is, but also it’s much nicer than being in a little box on the motor way. I've got a good friend that got married and invited 3 "train friends", so it can go pretty deep.

Anyone want to share your train friend stories, or even better share a Friday after-work beer in the bar-car?
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:41
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Not really., but...

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so it can go pretty deep.
...that's what she said....
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Not really., but...

...that's what she said....
That could be a train story!? The yard-high club?
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I've got to admit Iím getting a bit sick of the perpetual threads which are different variations of 'i don't like other peopleís habits'.

I spend a lot of time at the mercy of the Swiss train system and on the whole enjoy it. Interaction with other humans included. I do like seeing the same people in the same seats every day and the little human stories that go with them...the pregnant woman who came back after 4 months off, the students who do their course work out loud, the guy with the home-made Bircher muesli etc etc

Sometime, while having a beer on the Friday evening trip, you get to chat to someone. Itís nice, beer always is, but also itís much nicer than being in a little box on the motor way. I've got a good friend that got married and invited 3 "train friends", so it can go pretty deep.

Anyone want to share your train friend stories, or even better share a Friday after-work beer in the bar-car?
I agree that it is easy to chat to people on trains...and planes. About a month ago I was travelling from Bristol to London. An guy got on who was slightly 'Tourettes' and I swear to God people fell in love with this guy in a span of just 3 stops. He was ADORABLY ANNOYING.

He looked about 60-odd and was dressed like a polite, quirky gentleman in tweed and brogues. He had two umbrellas and wore two ties and looked and sounded very similar to the English actor Phil Davis.

He just chatted to himself and 'involved' the six of us strangers all sat closeby. It was an outflow of bizarre conversation and some of the most eloquent poetry, random prose and factoids I have ever heard in one sitting. The train past an old oak tree and he spewed out war time poems about trees, Shelley stuff and anidotes about a squirrel he knew in the 1980s. It was bloody hilarious and endearing.

When he left the train one of the witnesses said it best: "F*** me, if I see that bloke again, I'm adopting him."

I'll never forget him.
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Old 07.02.2011, 18:23
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I was on the train from Zurich to Fribourg once with a friend who was visiting...somehow we got into a lengthy conversation with the woman sat opposite, who explained in detail the Swiss popular initiative voting system and current issues people were about to vote on.....she said she'd show me all the papers they get through the door one day...gave her my email and never heard from her...I guess what happens on the train, stays on the train....
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I spend 18 hours a week in the train.

Nobody sits with me never mind talks to me. Except one German lady who lives near Lugano and has done for over 30 years. And decided to speak to me in.....English.

Very nice lady. Never seen her again. Oh....it was in first class....I was lost
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Old 07.02.2011, 18:44
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gave her my email and never heard from her...I guess what happens on the train, stays on the train....
yeah, there's the 3 contacts rule. no exchange of contact details unless you meet 3 times on the train.
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Old 07.02.2011, 18:48
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Re: Train Friends

I never seem to have a problem striking up a conversation on my daily commute:

Outward journey:

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Homeward journey:

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Maybe it's worth paying the extra.
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yeah, there's the 3 contacts rule. no exchange of contact details unless you meet 3 times on the train.
If only I'd known!
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I spend 18 hours a week in the train.

Nobody sits with me never mind talks to me.
That sounds like 'commuting'. Commuters are semi-comatose because it's the part of the day they are trying to dispense with.

Do you want someone to sit with you? Chat to you?
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That sounds like 'commuting'.
Nah.

He's a part time train driver.
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...He was ADORABLY ANNOYING.
Ah...you make me miss my friends even more

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Anyone want to share your train friend stories, or even better share a Friday after-work beer in the bar-car?
Yes. I had the best work meeting here actually in the bar car. It was not Friday, but it was totally worth it. I find the bar-car the best feature of CFF, honestly.

When I was prego and spent 5,5hrs a day commuting to a uni, I always sat across of the same cute gay couple, it was like having a family here, seeing them every day, for almost 3mo. I think they must have laughed watching my belly slowly exploding and me inhaling so much food during the commute, knitting little sweaters and cramming homework. We never talked, they were too polite and I was busy being uncomfortable trying to fit in the seat, so we just stared at each other.
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Travelling those three stations away from work and 10 min in total, I see the same people having exactly same dresses worn on particular day of the week and same gossip ladies entering always same car measured few feet away from a lampost, dude with a fag on a same bench, same train arrival times - absolute harmony.

After work people cram on stations at the same time and drop off at their respective stations, sometimes there's ticket control sometimes not. Who cares...

It's only time that I can exchange flirting stares with some young and smiling girls and pretend that I don't watch them hidden behind 20min. Innocent stalking a stranger lasts... until some of my workmates get on the train and usual "hoi" starts chat and back to reality of daily life ...
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I met my OH on the last train back to Twickenham about 41 years ago. I was lost, he helped me- long story - 40 years married end of May. LOL.
Yes, I love trains. I'll always remember the old greek guy who shared his picnic with me on the train back to Switzerland after my initial 6 months in London was over - I was snivelling and sobbing as we left Waterloo - and he was so kind. He was going back to Greece with a wallet full of fivers after 2 years grafting in UK - risible, but he felt very rich. His English was very poor - but sharing the journey was great - when I left the train in Lausanne, we were both sobbing. Arggh.
I met a really nice young Indian man a couple of years back, as I was travelling to Geneva airport. He'd been working near Vevey for a year and he was finally going to pick up his beautiful wife from the airport, as she was finally able to join him. He was so happy, wonderful.
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I see the same people having exactly same dresses worn on particular day of the week and same gossip ladies entering always same car measured few feet away from a lampost, dude with a fag on a same bench, same train arrival times - absolute harmony.
I've come to love that as well, same people, same place, same time, same length (short) skirt every day.
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An example of a brief encounter?

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Train friends are ok as long as they do not extend to train friends "with benefits". If you must, then at least make sure that said benefits are not pursued in said train.
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I've come to love that as well, same people, same place, same time, same length (short) skirt every day.
Sometimes it feel like I have lived there forever and integrated with commuting community. Wonder if they will miss me if I'll be gone and break this harmony?


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Train friends are ok as long as they do not extend to train friends "with benefits". If you must, then at least make sure that said benefits are not pursued in said train.
I always tell them that my wife gives me exact amount of cash for ticket and no small change
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An example of a brief encounter?
Every day, rain or shine, she wears an inappropriately short effort with business clothes. I like to think its for my benefit, but i like to think a lot of things...
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I often travelled on the train with the dog as she got a free pass ('service dog') from the guide dog school. Naturally only people who liked dogs sat with us and they often let her sleep with her head on their foot or stroked her head.

When they asked me about the dog, I thought, "Great! Let me enjoy slaughtering their language with my lisping stutterings." And tried my best to scrape the bottom of my German vocabulary bin. Methinks it's because of such friendly folk on the trains that our dog decided to become a therapy dog instead of a guide dog.

Once I took the train with my two elder sisters to Milan, Florence and Rome. An Italian man started talking to me in Italian (I knew only five Italian words at the most) but the only thing we had in common was football, the Italian national team in particular. So we were naming all our favourite players - very slowly, as we had many kilometers ahead of us. After the Italian man and his wife left our compartment (love those seaters for 6 or 8!), my eldest sis said, "Wah, your Italian is not bad, huh?"
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