After a week in Germany it was time to fly home.
I was in Wilhelmshaven.
My departure city was Bremen.
I would make a connection in Frankfurt for the seven-hour flight Toronto.
At first I thought that a slow morning would be best before this long day. A sleep-in to help adjust to the coming time change.
But then I thought of Bremen. And the musicians from the fable, The Bremen Town Musicians, that I read many times as a child. A quick look online and I realized that I could make a morning of it and see the essential Bremen at the very least.
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Solo Travel Can Be So Easy
I arose at 6:30 am to finish packing and get to the station by 7:30 for the 7:45 train. It was a short walk from Beans Park Hotel where I stayed in a single room at 49 Euros a night including breakfast and WiFi (though I have to say the WiFi in Germany was not great anywhere). The couple that run the hotel are very hospitable and packed my breakfast for the train since I didn't have time for it. Easy!
To determine which train to take I used the app Rail Planner. It works offline for the schedules and, if you're online, it will even give you details like what platform your train will be on. Easy!
Arriving at the station I had to find the platform for my train as I was not online. Usually the signage above the platform indicates what train is at the platform and what time it will leave. However, the signage was blank. So I approached a woman to confirm “Oldenburg”!?! as I pointed to the train. She looked puzzled. “Bremen”!?! “Ya”, she nodded. And I boarded. Easy!
As I sat on the train the woman approached me to show me her ticket. She was going to Bremen via Oldenburg as well. I indicated that I would follow her with my fingers walking through air and we both smiled. I followed her and her husband and child onto the connecting train and made it to Bremen at 9:05 am. Easy!
It's a lovely 10-minute walk from the train station to the center of Bremen. Easy!
A Few Hours in Bremen: Easy!
Walking into the city center it was impossible to miss the marketplace and Bremen's historical UNESCO sites of the City Hall and the statue of Roland representing the rights and privileges of the free city of Bremen. In fact, you really just have to follow your instincts as it is not long before the spire of St. Peter's Cathedral shows through the buildings.
Also in the vicinity of the marketplace are a statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, St. Peter's Cathedral and cafes.
The Final Easy Piece of this Solo Trip
After my few hours in Bremen it was time to go to the airport. I caught a trolley on the main street outside the Schnoor and for two euros I was at the airport in 15 minutes. Easy!