To get to our schooner sailing holiday starting in Oslo, we travelled by train and ferry from London. It was train from Edmonton to London, Underground to St Pancras, then the Eurostar to Brussels from where a German ICE train should have taken us to Cologne. But when we went to board that train, we were told it had been cancelled. Much wandering around Brussels Midi station revealed the official plan which was that we should get a train to Liege, then one to Aachen, then one to Cologne, taking over four hours and getting us to Cologne after the sleeper would have departed. Fortunately there was a Thalys high-speed train which we were able to buy tickets on for 160 euros, which got us to Cologne in time.