There and back again
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December 30th, 2008 – by: axecellent
So I finally found my way back to the road that curved left. I still had a kilometer and a half to walk to get to my car. When I finally arrived, I got another pleasant surprise: the parking garage was now closed! I looked around and found a separate entrance that was a small 4mx4m glass structure that was just big enough for an elevator and a set of stairs.
So digging deep into my brain for the German I learned 16 years ago, I read the sign: "Insert parking ticket to open door." Never in human history has a "woohoo!" been followed so closely by an "oh, snap!" It seems that I left my parking ticket inside the car. It is now 02:30 and I'm thinking to myself that I should have been home in 30 minutes instead of figuring out how to get to my car.
I finally gave up on the car as it was very late I was starting to get tired and my feet were pretty numb from the cold. I start looking around for a hotel to spend the night and finally a spot of luck! There is a hotel just 50m from the glass parking garage entrance.
I ask the night desk attendant if he would help me out and open the elevator so I can get to my car. He says, "Sure, I can do that."
So I'm finally in the garage and quickly into my car. I find the exit and pull up to the ticket reader, which is about the time I realized I still had not paid for the parking yet. Ooops! So I start driving around the garage looking for the vending machine to pay the ticket. There are none! What the heck? I can't leave because I can't pay.
Back in the car with freshly paid ticket in hand I can FINALLY get on the road back to Belgium- at 03:15, when I should have been walking into my apartment had the trip home gone as origianally planned. I arrived home a little after 05:00 and it felt like my eyes were about to melt out of my face. But even with the (mis)adventure getting home, I still had a great time in Dusseldorf. And of course, I still had the excitment of the NYE Mega-meetup in Amsterdam just a few days away!
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