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May 1st, 2008 – by: kat_mac27
My journey started on the 30th of April at 6.30pm. Seb and I drove from Cambridge to Dover so that I could catch my bus, thanks to some lovely traffic and horrendous weather, we arrived at 10pm just an hour before the bus left.
Then the ferry was delayed, 2hours in a stationary bus on Dover terminal leaves much to be desired! (Many thanks to the two men behind me who would NOT SHUT THE F*** UP) and finally we were driven about 100m onto the Ferry, where we had to get off again and go up into the passenger lounge, where I did finally manage to sleep on a lounge. So it took me about 3hours to get 500m from Departure to Ferry... Nice.
The bus trip was relatively un-eventful, I got to watch the sunrise over A Belgian Motorway, which are the only fully lit roads in the world uninterestingly enough.
Now the fun really starts! I went to check in and get my ticket, and the very nice lady tells me that she cant print tickets booked on the Sncf website because it was created in France and doesn't work or something. I needed to go to the Sncf office in the centre of the city so they could print my ticket. So I happily get on the metro, find the office and................... they are CLOSED. May 1st is a holiday in Belgium so of course the French ticket office shuts. So, our brave heroine gets back on the metro, lines up at Brussles-Midi and waits to speak to the same nice ticket lady; who tells me that I have to buy another ticket, AND I cant do it at her desk. I have to line up AGAIN in a different section. Then, the real kicker is: the ticket from the station was CHEAPER!
Arlon, 3.30pm: Thankfully my friend was there to meet me at the Station! We wandered around the May 1st market and he got the precious beer and I had the nicest Pita ever (my first proper meal since dinner in London)! We drove home to the beat of James Morrison and I fell into the nicest sleep I ever hd on four wheels.
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