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Monday July 28, 2003
10:43 AM

Journey back from YAPC::Eu

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So, Arthur, Katrien, and I all left Paris on Saturday evening on the 21:23 train to London. It was slightly delayed on the way out of Paris, but it shouldn't have been any big deal.

About 30 minutes into the journey Arthur and I noticed we were going far too slowly around a corner. We could feel that the train was leaning significantly, and it just didn't feel right. About 10 minutes after that we came to a stop.

*crackle* *crackle* Ladies and Gentlemen we are currenly, blah blah blah blah blah

It turned out that there was signal failure somewhere on the line. Despite having 3 other trains pass us while we were sat still. After an hour we chugged very slowly to Lille. Then we chugged very slowly through the tunnel, to Ashford, and then very slowly to Waterloo.

We got into waterloo at about 0330, and after an extremely long wait we got a taxi home (although to be fair to the eurostar company they did pay for it). We arrived home at about 0500.

While the conference was a lot of fun, it certainly wasn't worth that journey home. Next time, I'm flying.

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