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Sharing the load on the road

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm

“It’s perfect for a student: it’s fast and it’s cheap,” says my young travelling companion. He’s slightly incredulous that ride-sharing is not as common in the UK as it is here. Thanks to the internet, Mitfahrgelegenheit is as easy as booking a train. Simply choose your date and start/end points, then call whoever is going your way that day.

But at around a third of the price, and with company and cultural insight provided, it’s a cheaper and more interesting than travelling in one of those fast – but expensive – grey trains which are never late.

I can’t get to the obscure village where the run will start, but I can get to the nearest town. Three hours on the Autobahn, booking a few days ahead, for only 15 Euros? Not bad at all. Leaving from a petrol station near Berlin’s Messe Nord, this time it’s a van I’m taking and with another eight or so travelling companions, we put the pedal to the metal.

Passing the relic of empty stadium seats which bizarrely still line a section of the city’s southern motorway, the urban landscape recedes and gives way to fields. We’re on the way.