Teenage trials and tribulations in europe
by, 02-28-2012 at 01:15 PM (578 Views)
I took a year between off high school and college and worked for an office supply wholesaler. One day, I got a letter from a friend whom I had known since birth (my mom and his mom were and still are best friends), asking me if I wanted to backpack through Europe with him before heading off to college. You know that this happened a long time ago because people used to send letters back in the early 1970's. Going outside the U.S. was the furthest thing from my mind, but my parents encouraged me to spend some of the money I had earned during that year and I gamely accepted my friend's invitation.
Being only seventeen years old, we managed to get ourselves into several predicaments, but the one that sticks in my mind was in the Munich train station. We were out late and my friend had to use the restroom. We couldn't find a bathroom and it was becoming an emergency situation, so we went into the station where my friend proceeded to get onto a train. He checked the time to make sure that it wasn't going to leave soon and proceeded to take care of business, which is absolutely forbidden while the train is in the station. I waited patiently outside. Suddenly, the train lurched forward and began moving down the track. I panicked because I had no idea where the train was going. In addition, I had both of our passports and most of our money. Just as suddenly as it had started, the train stopped, only to move again seconds later. When it finally stopped again, my friend jumped out of the train with the most embarrassed look on his face. He told me that the incident scared the *^%$ out of him!