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Funny European Travel Stories

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I have been wanting to write this for some time, but keep putting it off (don't know why)

I would like to hear some funny experiences that happened while you were in Europe. (This is going to be very entertaining as I know we have so great writers on here and many seasoned travelers!)
I will go first. :)

I was in Brussels (April of 2003) and getting ready to take the Eurostar back to London. It had been a particularly difficult vacation for me because even though I was having a great time - my fibromyalgia was in full swing (of course, I was fine before I left - figures! LOL!!) I had plenty of time, so I stopped at the store there to purchase my favorite beer.(the raspberry) What an experience! I bought more beer than I had a right too because I only had a backpack and being already in the UK for 3 weeks prior to my being in Belgium, it was already starting to get quite heavy. You should have seen me trying to buy the beer (with a heavy pack on my back and then try to get that beer into my bag...it was a very funny sight and I am having trouble finding the words to do the experience justice!) The whole thing took much longer than I thought it would and now I was pressed to get to my train. I was VERY tired, aggitated and in a lot of pain...then wouldn't you know my train car seemed to be 2 miles from where I was on the platform!! I'm hurrying as fast as I can and I am wondering how I am going to make it. (there wasn't much time left) Then I had it and I just couldn't go on. I just stood there looking far off into the distance where I was supposed to be seated. I started crying. I mean REALLY crying (for those of you who don't know, sometimes fibromyalgia can mirror a very bad case of PMS :) ) An attendant came over to see if I was ok and I explained to her that I was very ill even though I was travelling - and that I was extremely tired. (Of course I didn't want to tell her I had half a brewery on my back!! :)) LOL!) She asked me if I wanted to wait for the next train and I said no, that I really wanted to go now. At this time, we only had 1 minute left and there was no way I was going to make it to my car. ... Can you guess what happened? I got to sit in first class! At first I was very embarrassed - when the lady who helped me came buy to give me a menu for lunch I told her I planned on getting off at the next stop to sit where I was supposed to...but she said no, that things like this happen all the time and that she already arranged for me to have a meal. VERY NICE!!

Of course this story amuses my friends and has become somewhat of a running joke. A few months ago when I expressed I would like to take a train through Canada but couldn't afford it they said, "oh Rachel, why don't you just cry?" LOL!! I was very ill then, so I wasn't making it up ... but looking back at that whole experience now, it is so funny. (I wish I was a better writer - it loses something in this translation, but you get the gist.)

Now it is your turn :)

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