Cambridge trip

This week, I’m in Cambridge to attend a course for work. It’s a course given by a US company, and the only courses they do in Europe are in the UK. I had been lobbying for this course and had even pitched to my boss that we could get everyone in one place and do the course together — but then a restructuring happened and the company is getting sold (again), so that won’t be happening. But in the meantime, my boss did budget it for me and my German colleague to attend! The course is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so we could take Monday and Friday as travel days.
So now the question got to be: how do I get to Cambridge? Flying out to Gatwick was one option, but that was not very attractive: there are no flights from Weeze or Dusseldorf (the closest airports) to Gatwick. There is one from Eindhoven at a god-awfull hour, and one from Schiphol, which has the problem to even get there. When we went to London for a holiday, we went by train — so I checked how that would work out. It was certainly doable, which would mean I could travel from Nijmegen at a reasonable hour — but it was a bit more expensive. My boss travels by train when he visits the Nijmegen office (he’s based in Germany, near Stuttgart), so that helped to get it approved, I guess. And then I found that the upgrade to a first class ticket (‘Standard Premier’) was only 1,50 euros — so for 3 euros, I’m travelling first class! (There’s also the Business Premier, but that’s stupidly expensive.)
When you book a ticket for the Eurostar, which runs from Brussels to London, travel from any station in the Netherlands is included in the price. And since I had a first class ticket, I decided to sit in first class on the trip to Brussels as well. My ticket was checked twice, and the conductors seemed to agree with me, so that was certainly a win.

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