My 20 Craziest Travel Experiences in Europe

In the past three weeks, I’ve had some crazy experiences. Travel can be crazy and hectic. Here are just a few experiences that I can’t seem to forget (and hope I never do):

  1. Stumbling into a sleeping senior citizens room and seeing him completely nude, LEGS SPREAD (click here to find out more).
  2. Getting attacked by an old man with a cane outside of a grocery store in Amsterdam (completely random, no one around me knew why he chose me, but he smacked me a few times in the knee with his cane then moved on).
  3. Falling asleep for 17 hours in Copenhagen after some extreme jet lag and a Nyquil.
  4. Coming a little too close to a guard at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen and watching him grab his gun.
  5. Booking a train ticket to anywhere after a very uncomfortable night in a house that was falling apart. (See here)
  6. Getting run into by a bike in Amsterdam.
  7. Witnessing a spur of the moment Christmas parade in Sweden.
  8. Running through Christmas markets trying all of the samples and drinking gluhwein in Copenhagen.
  9. A stranger stopping me on the street, asking if he could have a kiss on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. I laughed my head off but then he was still there so I had to actually tell him no.
  10. Almost being blown over by the wind at the beach in Copenhagen. Seriously, 40 mph winds. PB300003.jpg
  11. Realizing that I actually quit my job to travel the world while on a ferry crossing the Baltic Sea. Who does that?!
  12. Walking 10 miles to get to a highly rated vegan restaurant in Hamburg, but getting there and realizing it’s closed for the winter… and it’s actually just a vegan ice cream shop. I ended up having a super fancy (and expensive) vegan lunch at a very nice restaurant across the street.
  13. Strolling through an underground tunnel in Hamburg, Germany.
  14. Eating Christmas cookies while flying down the autobahn at 100 mph in a VW minivan in Germany with six strangers who became friends.
  15. Sneaking through the pay stations at the public bathrooms when I didn’t have a 50 cent coin.
  16. Buying a beer and a pretzel at the central station in Hamburg, then when I went to pay realizing I didn’t have any money… Luckily the woman trusted me to go to the ATM and come back.
  17. Getting dropped off at a McDonalds at night in the middle of nowhere, Germany, and realizing I could be stranded there if I couldn’t find my homestay host. Luckily I found them!
  18. Being abandoned in said homestay house with a random hitchhiker that the family picked up the day before. They didn’t remember his name. The crazy part is that he was the most normal person there. His name is William, and he is from New Zealand.
  19. Getting to Frankfurt with no where to sleep that night. I am actually excellent in these types of situations. I found wifi, booked a great airbnb, then enlisted a homeless man to help me buy a metro ticket to the airbnb in exchange for one euro. SUCCESS.
  20. Crying at SFO when I realized that I’m actually leaving my entire life to do what I’ve always wanted to do. That was just the beginning. 🙂

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