Crossing Language Barriers For More Than Just Directions
Lucerne Travel Blog› entry 22 of 98 › view all entries
3/25/10 (Lucern, Switzerland)
I definitely thought that today was Friday the 26th, so I booked a hostel in Lucern for that date. It's the 25th. As the kind lady at my hotel couldn't figure out the passcode for their internet, which I thought was a bit strange, I was off to find an internet cafe to book a hostel in Milan tonight. After seeing how expensive Milan was though, I decided to just race all the way up to Lucerne today, two of my shirts tied to the top of my pack as they still weren't dry, 2 days after I washed them. I'm beginning to rethink washing clothes in sinks unless completely necessary.
I had a quick stopover in Milan, which has a fairly impressive train station, with lots of sculptures and art.
Once on the train I had an old Italian lady and a younger guy sit in my little bin. Everyone I encountered on the train looked at me and went 'Milano?' I wasn't sure if they wanted to make sure that they were on the right train, or if they were interested in where I was going...Anyway, somehow this lead to the guy's interest in where I'd been, so I started showing him my postcard selection so far, which lead to him pulling out his computer.
Finding my hostel, the Twins Minback B&B, was fairly easy when I got there after dark, and there were no other guests, so my mistake in booking the wrong night was no problem, thank goodness! Praying for clear skies tomorrow :)