Journey is all the time an journey, however some journeys deliver extra journey than you count on. On a current Reddit thread, folks shared their greatest surprising journey adventures, and we curated 14 of the perfect!
“My spouse and I took the in a single day practice from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 2010. We needed to share our sleeper room with a Russian man who spoke no English and appeared like a mobster. He acknowledged us, sat down and stated one thing in Russian. As quickly as he realized we weren’t Russian and have been visiting his nation, he ordered a bottle of brandy and three glasses from the stewardess. We sat ingesting it and communicated utilizing something however the spoken language for about three hours. When the brandy had dried up and bedtime was upon us, he took off his trousers to disclose a black pair of tight underpants which had a tiger’s face on the crotch. He climbed to the highest bunk and fell asleep. Absolute legend of a man.” (Toaster_Boaster )
“I used to be mountain climbing within the rainforest on the Brazilian/Argentinian border close to Iguazu Falls with considered one of my finest mates. It was a shocking panorama and we have been having a good time till I heard a shriek come from behind me. My pal had needed to take an image of one thing barely off the trail and walked instantly right into a spider net. This wasn’t simply any spiderweb, it was about 6 ft tall and spanned between two massive timber throughout a 4-foot distance. Her whole physique was coated in net. All of us laughed at her and cleaned her off…and fortuitously by no means noticed the spider that went with it.” (laurahrahrah)
“I used to be leaving Amsterdam after a four-day smoke binge. My practice to Berlin was leaving in an hour, so I believed I’d have one closing smoke earlier than leaving. The espresso store had a ‘particular’ – 7 guilders for a espresso and ‘house cake’. I had one, felt a slight buzz and determined to have one other. The waitress requested if I used to be certain, however I insisted. I walked again to the practice station and was strolling to my practice when the second cake kicked in. It was like getting hit behind the top with a mallet.
I efficiently managed to get on my practice after which handed out. I’ve imprecise recollections of exhibiting my Eurail move and passport. I awoke 12 hours later with a conductor violently shaking me, stumbled out of the Berlin practice station and went on to the primary lodge I noticed and handed out in my room for one more 12 hrs. After I awoke, I made a decision to take a look at Berlin, however seen all these Swiss flags in all places. I requested the person on the entrance desk “Excuse me sir, however am I in Berlin?” He gave me a clean stare and stated: “No, you might be in Basil, Switzerland.” By no means did make it to Berlin, however Switzerland was good.” (deleted)
“I used to be backpacking round Europe with my girlfriend and we have been on the practice from Krakow, Poland. Simply because the practice set off, we realized it was the incorrect one and that we needed to get off. Ended up with us opening the door (it was an outdated practice with a handbook deal with, no electronics) and leaping out onto the platform because it was touring at a quick run, grabbing her bag and ensuring she bought off earlier than the practice sped up. Seems it does make you’re feeling a bit of like Indiana Jones.” (Captain_Comedown)
“Six mates and I have been on a backpacking journey round Europe after graduating. Whereas we have been stopped in Munich, we determined that we wanted to see a brewery. The Spaten brewery occurred to be the closest to our hostel so we simply walked on over. An older gentleman answered our knock on the door, and we requested him about occurring a tour. He didn’t fairly perceive what we have been asking and thought that we had scheduled a tour that he wasn’t ready for. He apologized profusely and introduced all six of us as much as the personal prime flooring of the brewery (not fairly a skyscraper, however a very tall constructing close to downtown). Seems they’d moved an outdated bierhaus to the highest flooring, it had a full bar, scorching pretzels, and superb views of the town. Up there we met a man who spoke English and we found out what had occurred and that it was a giant misunderstanding. As an alternative of telling us we wanted to depart, he poured us all a beer, gave us meals, and advised us to remain so long as we appreciated. It was fully random and so superb how good folks might be generally. Spaten gained 6 lifelong prospects that day.” (Tdc10731)
“I used to be on a practice in Paris about this time final yr, me and my pal have been on our option to meet some folks down on the Moulin Rouge. I used to be consuming a cup of noodles with a fork I’d liberated from the hostel. This pretty gent stands as much as go away the practice, kind of half bows together with his head down and palms collectively and ever-so_gently takes my noodles from me. Says ‘Merci’ a few instances and departs the practice.
I wasn’t even mad, it was stunning.” (alldaysharkboy)
“At a hostel in Amsterdam, we stayed in a room for eight. We ended up chummy with the opposite two couples in there and had enjoyable sharing tales for some time one evening. As we have been chatting and preparing for mattress, a man got here in to take one of many different beds remaining, sat down, and pulled out a large sword.
He simply sat down on the cot, took it out, laid it on his lap, and sat there silently. We additionally went silent for a second as a result of we didn’t know if he was severe. We tried to say hello and be pleasant. He ignored us, and simply sat there together with his sword.
We have been all drained however we have been kind of eyeing one another like we didn’t wish to sleep. The man simply put his sword beside him on the mattress and went to sleep.
Subsequent morning, we requested the desk about their sword coverage. They permit them.” (Vedmedyk)
“I used to be mountain climbing with some mates in New Mexico on a scout tenting journey. The general public left on a day hike to sightsee, however I used to be considerably drained and getting elevation illness. After they left I took a nap, however earlier than they bought again in time I used to be alone on the website. There have been 5-10 chipmunks operating round our campsite. I constructed a small fort the place I may sit on prime of a ledge. I dropped a bear bag beneath and put some nuts in it. Inside a couple of minutes, I had caught myself a chipmunk in a bear bag.” (deleted)
“Was backpacking in Australia with a pal, and he drank a bit an excessive amount of. P*ssed himself on the highest bunk whereas two folks beneath have been having intercourse. Apparently, it was coming down like a waterfall. An indignant Irishman woke him as much as inform him and he simply casually stated “You’ll be able to’t put the toothpaste again within the tube” then went again to sleep in his personal p*ss.” (TallBastaard)
“I spent the summer time earlier than beginning school backpacking within the intermountain west of america. I used to be about 4 days of mountain climbing away from my automotive and hadn’t seen a soul. On the fifth morning, I made a decision to take an image of the dawn arising over the mountains. After I tried to take the shot, I used to be knowledgeable by my digital camera that I had a full reminiscence card. I remembered checking my digital camera the evening earlier than to see how a lot reminiscence house I had left. Roughly 60 images. Baffled, I hit the replay button on my digital camera. As I flipped by way of photograph after photograph I felt my abdomen sinking. They have been all of me snuggled up in my sleeping bag. Somebody had taken pictures of me sleeping from my tent door. To achieve my digital camera, they might have needed to step inside my tent, attain over me, open the fitting pocket of my pack, and retrieve the digital camera. All with out waking me up. I don’t camp alone anymore.” (silent_eunoia)
“Some mates and I have been backpacking in Sicily and met an outdated man in a practice station. We have been taking the practice from Taormina to Palermo, and we sat with the outdated Sicilian whereas we waited. We talked about Sicily, America, no matter; he was a really severe man who barely cracked a smile. After an hour or so, he bought as much as go away. He requested us the place we have been going, and after we stated Palermo, he took out a bit of paper and wrote a be aware in Italian. He advised us to take it to a restaurant known as the Osteria, and provides the letter to the proprietor. He stated his title was Pietro Pugliesi, and that the house owners of the restaurant would “maintain us”. He then checked out us, put his thumb to his eye, and took off.
After we bought to Palermo, we headed to the restaurant. It was packed, however we went in anyway. We requested to see the proprietor, and after a lot confusion and anger from the Sicilians (they thought we have been simply dumb People) the proprietor got here out. We advised him that Pietro Pugliesi had despatched us. As quickly as we stated his title, the proprietor stated, “This can’t be. This man is lifeless!” The waiter subsequent to him crossed himself. We shortly grabbed the letter and gave it to the proprietor. After studying it a number of instances, in shock, and exhibiting it to some others, he checked out us and stated to observe him. He took us to a big desk within the heart of the restaurant, the one out there desk.
Inside thirty seconds plates of every kind of Sicilian meals have been speeding out to our desk, together with a number of bottles of wine and beer. The waiters stored coming and asking if all the things was okay, what else they might deliver, and many others. The proprietor additionally made it a degree to repeatedly inspect us. It was unimaginable. On the finish of the scrumptious meal, the proprietor got here out with the invoice. Since we have been poor school college students we have been frightened. It ended up costing about 275 euros, however he checked out us and stated “Pals of Pietro?” after which he ripped up the test. We nonetheless imagine to at the present time that we delivered a message for the mafia of the whereabouts and standing of 1 Pietro Pugliesi.” (seattlecool)
“I used to be hitchhiking in far Northwest Australia, and I bought a elevate from a man in a semi. A number of hours in, he says he’s fairly drained and asks me if I wish to drive. I used to be an adolescent, didn’t also have a automotive license. I stated no, however a short time later I seen him nodding off at 130kmh carrying 37 tonnes. So I stated okay, I’ll give it a go. He confirmed me the right way to work the gearbox, waited until I bought up to the mark then clambered again into the sleeper for the subsequent 4 hours. It was superior.” (deleted)
“Not too long ago, my pal and I went on a visit to Spain. To economize, we shared a single room at our Madrid lodge. The room had a double mattress that was truly 2 beds put collectively. In fact, we all the time moved our beds aside earlier than going to sleep. Nonetheless, each single morning, the lodge maid unfailingly pushed the beds again collectively. Not solely that however she additionally by no means forgot to place a rose on considered one of them; on my mattress, to be exact. No matter gave her that concept?” (berd2003)
“I went to Egypt and bought caught up within the Arab Spring.” (ponte92)