Back in November of 2003 I took a trip to Germany to visit my friend who was living in Weisbaden, Germany. Unfortunately, she had to work during the day leaving me my devices. I would take day trips and buy train tickets to explore castles in neighboring cities. The funny thing was that I knew very little German and could even speak less but, that didn’t stop me. I had quite the adventure switching trains in Mainz. I almost didn’t make the switch on time. I ended up running to my train & barely sitting down before it left the station. I was so excited though to see the Heidelberg Castle that after I got off the train and got on a bus that I thought was going to drop me directly at the castle I got promptly lost. The bus I chose to ride actually dropped people off below the castle and you were supposed to walk up the stairway to the castle. Once I realized I missed my stop I stayed on the bus thinking it would do a return loop and stop at that site when it came back. Boy, was I wrong! I took an hour-long fabulous tour of the city through lower-income areas. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to get the castle but, I finally made it.
After my tour of the castle, I hopped on a bus I thought would take me back to the train station. Oops! Got on the wrong bus again. This one actually crossed the river and came to the end of its run for the day. I couldn’t be further from my intended destination. What even got me more nervous was that I was the last person on the bus. The good thing was that the driver spoke a little English. He told me that this was the end of the route. I told him where I was trying to go and he helped me transfer to another bus that was going back over the river and was able to drop me off at the train station. When I got to the train station I was starving since I hadn’t eaten all day. Thank God for McDonald’s & the $5 I had in my pocket. Nothing like experiencing a little bit of America in a foreign country. “Veilen Dank!”
Even though it was scary and stressful at times, I’m glad for the experience to see the whole city. This gave me more confidence to be able to handle any situation that comes my way when I’m out on my travels solo!