I promise I wrote this yesterday!

It’s 10.45pm on September 11 as I’m writing this post. Useless information to start a blog post with, but it’s a side note to silence the angry voice in my head. The voice that is angry because for some reason German phone providers rip you off the moment you cross borders into Switzerland. That is, after spending just a couple of megabytes or whatever, they send you a text that they shut off your internet for the rest of the month, and that they will charge you 60 euros for whatever it is you did with the measly megabytes. This happened to me and Heike both two weeks ago, while driving through Switzerland. I was driving then, so I had hardly any possibility to even do much with my internet. Heike was navigating, which – I believe – is not too data heavy. We spent only three hours in the country last time, but these turned into three very expensive hours! I don’t understand why they didn’t simply send me a warning message before they would charge me 60 euros for doing nothing. Fucking ripoffs! I’m also pretty sure this never happened with my Dutch phone providers.

This time around, our data went off well before crossing the border. This little sick joke won’t happen to me again. I had sort of hoped we would make it to France today, not just because of the internet, but because it would feel more like arriving at our destination. It all didn’t work. We had a lovely day with friends in Konstanz, and afterwards we drove for about 2.5 hours. I think it would take us at least another hour, maybe more, to get to France. And so we parked in some RV lot.

As a result, I can’t upload my post. Hence, the shitty introduction to remind myself that at least I wrote it today, when I was supposed to. I will upload it as soon as we cross the border, safely into EU territory, where the money is euro, and the internet is just not 60 euros for nothing. This will, however, unavoidably be tomorrow.

And now it’s time to go to bed. Ciao.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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