Monday, December 12, 2011

The weekend when things went wrong

It all started with an early wake up call. The plan was to drive to Germany together with my boyfriend, my brother-in-law and his wife to visit the Christmas markets of Cologne and Dusseldorf.  A warm shower is what we needed to start waking up but when the water was not going down the drain we knew something was wrong. Cleaning the clogged pipes at 7am was definitely not part of my plan for the day.

This was just the initial hiccup, the day went quite amazingly after that. We went around the markets in Cologne and had a great time. I had visited these markets in the past years, but the experience was still as if it was the first time. Drinking mulled wine from boot shaped cups, eating bratwursts and finally starting to feel that Christmas is just round the corner.

In the evening we headed to our hotel and that's where things continued to go wrong. The hotel had messed our booking and now we had 3 rooms available (a triple and 2 singles). They were expecting two of us to sleep in separate single rooms. Just great, my legs ached from all the walking and I just wanted to relax. After a long time arguing we managed to get our rooms at a discount and a lovely traditional German dinner got our good moods back on track.

The day after we  had one surprise left for us. On the drive towards the Dusseldorf markets we had a puncture. Nothing big you would say. That's what I thought as well until I noticed that the spare wheel was the small type of wheels that only allow a maximum speed of 80km/hr. This meant we had to drive back on the Germany highways where the limit was 130km/hr or no limit at all, really slowly. Big trucks kept over taking us as well as old granny cars!! Slowly we made it home. This weekend will surely be one that will be remembered for a long time, most probably with a smile on our faces.

[Image Credits: Cindy Broomall @ Pinterest]

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