Es tut mir leid!
Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
17Trip End Nov 12, 2012
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So Germany is quite crazy. Things happen here, as you can
tell from my previous entries, but there is always a lot of excitement no
matter what the situation is.
After Köln, my next stop was Freiburg. In Germany, the rail
network is crazy expensive. So instead I used a website called
‘mitfahrgeligenheit’. It’s a crazy name, but a great initiative. It’s simply
carpooling. It’s not the same as hitchhiking (I wasn’t too keen on the idea of
standing on the side of the road with my luggage and sticking out my thumb) but
this system is very trusted in Germany and extremely popular. It is literally
4-6 times cheaper than taking the train. From Köln to Freiburg, the train
would have cost 110 Euros. I took a carpool for 20 Euros. My driver was Simon,
and he turned out to be a lifesaver in more ways than one.
When I got to Freiburg there was an issue with my initial
host. I called up Simon, who knew of couch surfing and graciously took me in
last minute, quite literally saving my ass. Him and his roommates were great
people, and because of them Freiburg turned out to be a lot of fun in the end.
It is a small student city with a lot happening. I met a lot of foreign
students, including Americans and even some teenage Aussies doing high school
exchange (I really don’t understand the point of exchange at such a young age,
but good on them anyway). After a couple of nights it was time to move on to
Munich was something completely different. I thought I
wouldn’t have a place to stay, until I got a text from Niko when I was on the
bus. Again, my ass was saved by a kind stranger. I was unable to stay with
Florian, but I didn’t manage to meet for a few beers and it was great to see
him. My host Niko had two housemates. Corinna who didn’t shut up, and Malte who
didn’t speak at all. Niko was somewhat in between, but a different kind of
crazy all together. He was a fun guy, but I wasn’t able to enjoy his company as
much after he made me drink too much vodka.
My German sucks, but anyone would get confused in a foreign
country when the toilets are marked ‘D’ and ‘H’. For those who don’t already
know which is men and which is women, you would possibly use the same logic as
I did. I assumed that the ‘D’ meant dudes. As I pushed the door open a
beautiful blonde was at the sink. She must have seen the look on my face and
realised that I wasn’t German, because rather than scream at the fact that
there was a bloke in the ladies room she just started laughing at me. In reply
I was just panicking and yelling “Es tut mir leid!” (I am so sorry). Impressed
by how well she took the situation (and the fact that she was gorgeous) I shook
off the initial embarrassment and went to talk to her and ended up buying her a
drink. This is something I would never have had the guts to do in the past.
After a month in Germany it is time to leave. I love the
country and the people, but there is so much more of Europe to see. Next stop
is Prague, and now the eastern part of my European journey will begin. The best
part, everything will be so much cheaper. My dollar will go much further. I may
never have to go back home.