Hahahaha, it’s the whole travel I had. Okay, it all began with a friendship that began during the Octoberfest in Munich. I totally didn’t know the guys, but we already promised each other that we’re going to visit Amsterdam, and we have set the deadline till the end of the semester. To be honest I never thought that it will happen.
Even though we met in October, our planned trip happened in the last three-four days of my stay in Hof, Germany for my Erasmus exchange semester. We went to Holland in February. What started out as a friendly conversation over a couple of beers with some people I had just met, turned into a serious plan a few months on. It turned out all of us wanted to go to Amsterdam, so we made a promise to visit it by the end of the semester – that was our deadline. I didn’t even actually think it was going to happen, as we had so many obstacles to overcome to get there. The plan for our last excursion was to go to Austria and Slovakia, but I felt like I wanted to visit Holland more. I spontaneously checked the bus for Amsterdam and it was only five euros! I knew I had to go.
Everyone had forgotten about our little promise from the beginning of the semester, so I gently reminded them now that I saw how cheap the tickets were. We decided to go through with this instead, but we only had half a day to plan. It was so cool to know we were actually going to keep our promise to each other! However, the Coronavirus outbreak panic was already in motion since January. But it was very important for us to go, so we didn’t let that stop us. We also managed to find masks, even though the drugstores had none.
This was happening on the 10th of February, while the weather was being very moody – one hour it was sunny, the next – it was raining. It felt like we experienced the whole four seasons in one day. There was even snow! I also had my toughest exam scheduled for this day, and my feelings were very mixed – I didn’t know whether to go through with it. And also there was a storm coming out in Germany. Everyone was afraid of it, even the trains weren’t working, but we didn’t let that stop us. Also, to add even more tension, we had just found out there was a storm coming in Amsterdam as well. But nothing could stop us! We went to the train station to catch our transportation – but what did we see? The train was cancelled. We had already bought the tickets, and we had no other way to get to Nuremberg, where we were supposed to catch the bus to Amsterdam. It turned out one of the people had a German friend with a car.
Long story short, we called him, and he drove us where we needed to go. It was getting pretty late though, but we were still not giving up. But then another obstacle came about – the highway was closed. No worries – we took another path through the forest. And then we got stuck driving behind a slow truck. We had to call the bus to ask for them to wait for us, since we were eight people. But of course – they refused. So we did our best and got there one minute before the departure time. One minute! After getting to our destination at 6 Am, we were welcomed by the other storm and some awful weather. It was like bad luck was on our tail, but we didn’t let it get us down. Even after getting there, we still had some adventures ahead. After going on the free walking tour, and hearing a bit more about the canals, our guide’s phone fell inside. And last but not least – while sitting in a café, one of the visitors fell down and got candle wax all over her. I was half a meter next to her and I didn’t even get a tiny stain. Even though we were followed by bad luck, we had so much fun! For us, it wasn’t a trip, it was a whole adventure. It’s the best thing in the world to share these crazy experiences with people from all over the world.