To call our morning “horrific” would be a gross understatement. Today was one of those days you hear about in travel-related horror stories. Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong, and just when you shook your head in utter disbelief and muttered to yourself, “This day just can't get any worse,” the skies opened up, and freezing rain drenched your last clean outfit and every inch of your luggage.
After last night's failed attempted to do laundry, spending the entire morning unsuccessfully drying two loads of laundry with a hair dryer, a two-hour hike in search of a laundromat (which, might I add, was closed due to today being Sunday), total loss of Internet connection on our phones right as we were searching for directions, driving 20 minutes in the wrong direction, getting lost, getting fined 80 euros because apparently the 24-hour metro ticket we bought last night in all reality only applies to 12 hours, a missed metro stop, getting soaked in the aforementioned pouring rain, a couple of outbursts of hysteria – after all of that mess, we finally arrived at the bus stop from which we were to travel to Zurich – only to find that, for a reason unbeknownst to us, our bus had left about 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.
So there we stood in the middle of the street, soaked to the bone, freezing, discouraged, exhausted, frustrated – a whirlwind of feelings and emotions pushing us to the brink of a mental breakdown.
Not exactly the glamourous trek across Europe that you'd imagined, right?
So at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, we decided to call it a day and booked a room at the Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, a stylish luxury hotel with extra-large beds and ultra-modern bathrooms.
From where I stand (or rather, sit — atop the most luxurious of bed linens with a cup of strong coffee in hand), sometimes you just need to throw budgets to the wind and treat yourself to a day of relaxation.
And although in the back of my mind I know that tomorrow is another hectic travel day, with its typical last-minute complications, I feel perfectly at peace and ready to take on the next adventure!
I would love to hear about your travel-related nightmares and how you deal with them! Let's swap stories and advice in the comments section!