As I nervously wait for my first plane ride to begin with my two best friends Stephanie and Kristin. We were going on a round trip flight to Frankfurt, Germany to visit our friend Natalie Heusch who happened to be a foreign exchange student who also played tennis with us the prior school year. I had no idea what to expect because this was my first time over seas and I had to like it because I was there for 3 weeks!
After 12 or 13 hours of sitting on a plane we land in Frankfurt, it’s crazy, hectic and not everyone speaks English. So then we had to catch a train to Cologne were running to see when our train boards so we don’t miss it. Were waiting and waiting finally our train has arrive they are huge, white and super fast! I try to board but the lady tells me that were in the wrong part of the train so we have to get off and run down to the very end of the train but right when we get there the train takes off with out the three lost American girls. We have no idea what in the world to do we were “ich raste aus” which mean “I am freaking out” in German. We try and see when the next train to Cologne is but they were saying how our ticket isn’t good for the next train so we were trying to think of what to do until we met Ana, she saved us from a lot of stress. She was a designer from Russia, who spoke great English to her surprise, she told us they don’t check your tickets in the back so we will be fine and we can sit with her. The next train comes and we all board and sit at a table we are just talking about what happened and she was telling us about her job, Ana has to get off before us but she tells us to get off at the one after hers.
Then the hunt begins we get off at the next stop its a huge train station in Cologne we have no idea where to meet Natalie because we were not on the train we were suppose to be on we walked around not even the whole place for hours and hours. It was awful we didn’t have her number, her address or anything. We finally get a hold of her mom but big problem she only speaks German, so we ask the nice man to translate for. It all works out and we finally find Natalie and her dad and were off to Aachen. All of Natalie’s friends were so sweet and crazy, we went to many events it seemed like the whole time we were there, there was always something going on or we were off sight seeing. We saw so many amazing things we went to Belgium, the Netherlands, and many historical buildings. Natalie’s family even owns a castle we stayed the night at and had a BBQ German style.
The whole experience was life changing we saw things I wouldn’t ever see here in the US it made me never want to drink at all. My friend Kristin got wasted the whole time we were there and she doesn’t remember anything compared to me, I remember everything like it was yesterday so vividly and full of life. I would love to travel somewhere else in the world once I graduate college!
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