– 30 Points that Document the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Fall Break 2009–
[Zürich, Amsterdam, Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest].
By: Andrea F. Pagliai
1. Miss a train to Zürich after mistaking the day for the time– damn military time.
2. Break your boot heel and your Dutch friend’s bike, after being told to simply, “hop on” the back and hold on.
3. Almost miss the Amsterdam–>Vienna train because you were sending postcards; with eight minutes to departure you are thus forced to sprint to the lockers, take out your bags, run to the platform, see (joy!) that it is still in the station, find your wagon, open the already closed door (two minutes left!), throw your bags in, and just when you think you’ve made it– you trip on the bottom step, causing you board the train face first, thus making you…
4. End up more bruised than you ever thought was physically possible.
5. Get stolen from (by bitch-ass Austrian girls) on the sleeper train from Amsterdam to Vienna. (Money from me, Valium from my travel buddy. Not sure which is worst.)
6. Have an alcoholic drink before noon…it’s 5pm somewhere! (When in Europe, it’s usually Hong Kong)!
7. Take out too much foreign currency (Hungarian Forints in our case) after not bothering to check the exchange rate.
8. Getting walked-in on at the Széchenyi Hungarian Bathhouse changing room by an old wrinkly man–while in a compromising position– after failing to realize that the door, actually DID have a lock after all.
9. Feeling like you beat the local transport system in Budapest by using an expired metro-pass (after being adamantly warned by a local not to), only to get busted on your last day by an unflinching check-point guard outside of the metro, and having to pay a 6000 Forint (25 Euros) fine, when you only had 5000 Forints left the rest of your half-day in the city.
10. Get bitched-out by a Hungarian dark witch working the bar at a place ironically called, “For Sale Pub,” when the customer service was the last thing that made you want to close escrow.