There was a party going on, though I never did figure out what the occasion was. It did show me the difference between Canadian and German liquor laws. Actually, I’m not sure if there are German liquor laws.

We took the train to Freiburg Sunday morning at 10;30. You would think that at that time it would have been fairly quiet, but the train was packed and there was some sort of party happening at the front of the car. It was loud, boisterous and in German, so I never did figure out what was going on.

In Canada, parties don’t start that early, not even on the weekend. We have rules and regulations about that sort of thing. You can’t buy alcohol at every store (though that is changing). And you certainly can’t wander around in public with an open bottle of booze, let alone drink it.

Whatever was happening, there were a lot of people and a lot of alcohol. I think it may have been a group heading for a cycling expedition, but I didn’t check them out closely. I figured it wouldn’t be polite to stare. They were all wearing a costume or uniform of some sort – I’m not sure which it was, maybe some sort of cycling gear.

When we arrived in Freiburg I revised that thought. On the train station platform were several people somewhat similarly attired, while others on the platform were dressed as animals. Rabbits seemed to be the most common. Those costumes must be cheapest. Or maybe people here have a bunny fetish. In my experience, large groups of people in costumes are found late at night at Halloween parties, not mid-morning at a railway station.

It was the sort of situation crying out for some photos, but I don’t think it is wise to take unauthorized pictures of people when they have been drinking. And I couldn’t ask permission; I don’t speak the language. So, you’ll just have to take my word for what it was like.

My wife says she doesn’t think the sort of drinking we witnessed is actually allowed on the train. She may be right, she has traveled much more on Deutsch Bahn than I have. I know it wouldn’t be allowed in Canada.  It seems to me though that this somewhat highly regulated society does have a few areas of laxness. (The auto-correct on my phone changed laxness to madness the first time I typed it. I guess the computer has its own opinions.) After all, the New Year’s fireworks display was surprisingly unregulated.

I can’t say that the party disturbed me or disrupted my trip in any way. They were having fun, but amongst, themselves. Other than the noise there was nothing to annoy the other passengers.

I guess I was just surprised.

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