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  • HARDY BREIER
    FROM HAIFA TO PIATRA NEAMT.(on the way to the reunion) THE BLUE ARROW RAPID TRAIN FOR PIATRA LEAVES BUCHAREST NORD AT EXACTLY 11 O CLOCK AM. THE NEXT
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      FROM HAIFA TO PIATRA NEAMT.(on the way to the reunion)
      THE "BLUE ARROW " RAPID TRAIN FOR PIATRA LEAVES BUCHAREST NORD AT EXACTLY 11 O'CLOCK AM.
      THE NEXT TRAIN IS AT 3 PM AND ARRIVES AT 8 IN THE EVENING.
      SO I BETTER MAKE THE 11 AM TRAIN.
      CAN I ?
      LET'S FIGURE OUT :
      THE EL AL FLIGHT TAKES OFF AT 7 AM FROM TEL AVIV.
      FLIGHT TIME 2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES.
      THAT BRINGS US TO 9:20.
      PLENTY OF TIME FOR MAKING THE 11 O'CLOCK "BLUE ARROW" YOU WILL SAY.
      BUT WAIT A MINUTE : LET'S MAKE A REALISTIC TIME TABLE:
      1. PLANES NEVER TAKE OFF ON SCHEDULE.
      30 MINUTES LATE ISN'T EVEN CONSIDERED A DELAY.
      2. FLIGHT TIME IS ALWAYS LONGER THAN PLANNED.
      AIR TURBULENCES HAVE TO BE AVOIDED AND THIS TAKES
      TIME..
      3. GETTING THROUGH A SMALL, BUSY AND INEFFICIENT AIR TERMINAL LIKE OTOPENI CAN BE TIME ROBBING TOO:
      DOCKING, LONG LINES AT PASSPORT CONTROL , BAGGAGE CLAIM CAN TAKE UP TO TWO HOURS IF ANYTHING.
      IF YOU CONSIDER ALL THE ABOVE MY CHANCES OF MAKING THE
      "BLUE ARROW " OR ANY OTHER ARROW WERE SLIM INDEED.
      IMPLEMENTATION:
      I GET UP AT 03:15.
      TAXI TO TRAIN 03:35 .
      TRAIN TO AIRPORT 04:40.
      PLANE TAKES OFF AT 07:00 ( AS SCHEDULED!).
      LANDING AT 09:20. ON SCHEDULE!
      WE DOCK AT 09:30.
      TERMINAL IS NEW ,STREAMLINED AND VERY EFFICIENT.
      AT 10:05 WE ARE OUT OF THE TERMINAL AND MEET OUR FRIENDS.
      IT TAKES US 15 MINUTES TO THE CAR PARK .
      AT 10:20 WE ARE ON THE OTOPENI - BUCHAREST ROAD.
      THE MORNING TRAFFIC IS HEAVY. ROAD WORKS SLOW TRAFFIC.
      THE 20 KM TO THE TOWN ARE ENDLESS.
      WILL WE MAKE IT?
      THE CLOCK TICKS OFF THE MINUTES WITHOUT MERCY.
      10:30 THEN 10:40 . LITTLE PROGRESS.
      FINALLY WE ENTER THE CITY LIMITS.
      10:50 . TRAFFIC IS AT A STANDSTILL.
      7 MINUTES TO GO.
      OUR DRIVER IS A LOCAL AND TAKES A SHORTCUT .
      AROUND THE CORNER GARA DE NORD APPEARS.
      10:55 BUYING TICKETS, FINDING THE PIER, BOARDING THE TRAIN.
      AS THE LAST BAG LANDS INSIDE THE WAGON ,THE DOORS CLOSE.
      11:00 THE STATION MASTER'S WHISTLE BLOWS.
      THE" BLUE ARROW" LEAVES GARA DE NORD.
      WE MADE IT !

      HARDY






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