Traveling by High Speed Train is the fastest way to move around Europe. When we had a chance to explore Europe by DIY (Do-IT-Yourself), it looked difficult and a bit scary at first but once you had your first attempt, traveling by train should be as easy as ABC. Europe as a whole has very efficient Train systems.
Germany is known for its High Speed Rail. They have the so called InterCity Express (ICE) which is the high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn. These trains operate across and beyond Germany, connecting cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich. The modern ICE trains are one of the fastest ways to get around in Germany and its surrounding countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland.
Our very first experience of DB Bahn ICE High Speed Train was when we visited our friend in Belgium. Since we were coming from Norheim, a small but beautiful village in Bad Munster, Germany, we had like our 5 train transfers on our way to Brussels, Belgium. We basically traveled by utilizing all types of German trains, and so the possibility of getting lost was there. It was our first time, Getting LOST was part of our anticipations due to train transfer time intervals which was as short as 3 mins. Speed and Time accuracy were the real name of the game!
How was the train experience?
DB ICE High Speed Train by far was the best long distance train experience I had, the series of train transfers were the best train adventures
How many hours did it take to travel from Germany to Brussels, Belgium?
Approximately 4 Hours
How much was the train fare from Germany to Belgium?
EU 230 Round Trip
How was the stability of Train?
German Precision Engineering is at its best, you could put your coffee on the table without spilling over; some were drinking beers inside the trains ,while others were working with their laptops..
Very minimal noise inside the train
What is the speed of German DB High Speed Train?
Average speed of 320 kmh
What is the distance from Bad Kreuznach, Germant to Brussels, Belgium?
Anawangin Cove is a small sheltered bay in the province of Zambales. It is situated in Brgy. Pundaquit in the municipality of San Antonio. This crescent-shaped cove is an ideal beach hopping getaway if you are looking for a place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. The selling point of Anawangin Cove is its camping site where there is no electricity and hotels. If you want to rekindle your Boy and Girl Scout years this time camping by the beach, Anawangin cove is waiting for you.
Furthermore, you would definitely enjoy the distinctive and pleasant smell of Pine Trees as you sleep with your tent at night. However, it can be loud and noisy during peak season.
Getting there by Bus
Go to Victory Liner bus Terminal either in Pasay or Cubao, take a bus ride bound to Iba or Santa Cruz, Zambales, Advised the driver to drop you off at San Antonio bus stopFare ranges from P270 to P360. Travel Time 5 hours.
Take a 15-minute tricycle ride to Pundaquit, Trike terminal is right beside the bus stop. Fare P30/person, if you are in group, the fare is P100
Boat Rental – we came in group we were charged P2500 for 3 days and 2 Nights island-hopping which include Nagsasa and Capones Island. Negotiation with the boatman always works.
Believe it or not! I was inside the PNR (Philippine National Railways) Bicol Express Train. It was my first long distance travel by train in my own country with a distance of 400 kms from Manila to Naga City in Bicol. The legendary PNR train of the Philippines was relaunched back in September of 2011.
For a long period of time, I only heard from my grandparents that PNR train was a popular transport in the hay days for the Southern Luzon folks who traveled long distance to Manila. PNR railways however have been neglected after the World War II. Neglect made the train networks looked battered and so its cars. The train of the past became unpopular as the government shifted to building expressways and highways.
In 2011, the government relaunched its operations with refurbished imported cars from Korea. It was a new look for me. An adapted second hand or “ukay-ukay” trains from foreign countries was a good try. Though it was not my first time to travel long distance by train, my very first long distance travel was from Malaysia to Singapore back in 2010.
What was the speed of PNR Bicol Express on its launching in 2011?
It had an average speed of 40 kph
How much time did it take from Manila to Naga?
How much was the Train fare from Manila to Naga?
P 647 for cabin 1st class
P 380 for economy
Was the train stability smooth?
The car/train was shaky due to poor railways. The car/train was running on locomotive engine and so the noise and unwanted car/train imbalances were prevalent.
Is the PNR Bicol Express still operational this Year (2019)?
The train service that was running from Tutuban in Manila to Legaspi City in Albay, stopped operations in 2012