We recently had a storm in the nothern part of Germany - not very unusual in Fall. Three days later I wanted to go home by train via Hannover. There were still some train tracks closed but the train company offered an ‘alternative connection’. Before entering the alternative connection train in Hannover, travelers were informed that they would receive more information in the train. (If you happen to know the German train system, you will know that people working on the trains usually have the least information.) Before arriving at the station in a small village where the train had to end due to closed tracks, travelers got told that there will be a connecting bus service. Upon leaving the station, there was no bus service nor anybody to talk to. Just rain.
It became clear quickly that this spot was a dead end for my travel home and hence I decided to take the train back to Hannover and about two hours later I was back in the queue in front of the information booth in Hannover main station. This time I was lucky - they started to collect all people heading towards Bremen and so I did not have to wait until I am at the head of the queue. They then assigned travelers heading towards Bremen in a somewhat chaotic random way to taxis that went from all the way from Hannover to Bremen. About two hours later I arrived at Bremen main station where the signs said ’train service closed down’. I simply ignored those signs and so I got into a train towards Bremen north but it did end after a few stops since again tracks were closed. So I had to move into an awfully crowded bus and I finally arrived back home - a trip that normally takes three hours become an eight hour journey - three days after the storm. Well, I do not really mind the longer travel time but the fact that I got guided into a dead end that did cost me two hours of additional travel time really is somewhat odd.