On our way from Switzerland back to Germany we decided to take a break in a small city in France called Metz. The road was a long, and the city seemed and looked cool; that is how we ended up there for two nights. In this post you can read how our plans changed completely and about our first very bad night. Those days were very stressful, yet we still enjoyed the trip.
The road to Metz seemed very promising a first: a nice and friendly driver gave us a ride. He was from Syria and was living in the UK where he was also studying. He was talkative, listened to some very loud music and was dancing and singing the entire way. It was super fun and he even invited us to visit him one day in England. The first problem we encountered happened near Metz – we thought that there is going to be a petrol station somewhere near the city but unfortunately, there were none. We had to drive past Metz and our driver dropped us off somewhere around 30km away on the other side. We tried to hitchhike there but without any success – everyone offered to take us to Paris; no one was going south from where we were. It was getting very dark and there weren’t many cars driving by… We were very hungry (so much that someone even bought us a sandwich after seeing us stuck there for hours). And finally, we had to text our host that we are not going to make it. To our surprise, he responded with “I am coming to pick you up”! We were so happy and grateful and finally we managed to get to Metz.
When we arrived, our host decided to give us a small night tour through the city since he claims that every city looks very different after dark (and he was definitely right!). After a 10 minute ride, we decided to see the Metz Cathedral. It’s a very big church – it has one of the highest naves in the world. Our host also told us that the cathedral has the largest expanse of stained glass in the world and it looks amazing when it’s dark outside. Unfortunately, when we got there the stained glass was barely visible, since there were no light inside : <
The next day we went to the Old Town and walked through small and cute French alleyways; seen the Metz Cathedral again – this time in light and also from the inside. We found out that it is not only amazing from the outside but from the inside as well! We also happened to see the Gare de Metz-Ville – which is the main railway station and looks amazing – and the building of Opera. In Metz there are also a lot of fortifications everywhere in the city.
We really wanted to go to Luxembourg from Metz, but we couldn’t find any host willing to host us there. As always, we followed our rules to finding a place, but just like it happened in Liechtenstein – there weren’t many couchsurfers there. Being in an emergency situation we decided to go to Frankfurt instead and visit Dominika’s family there. Unfortunately, we made this decision quite late and started hitchhiking around 4pm. That was our mistake. Unfortunately, we got stuck in a small city at midnight, in a downpour, with no hope for further hitchhiking; It was raining very heavily, so we went to McDonald’s and wanted to stay there but it was closing in one hour. We were so desperate that we started asking people there if they would be able to host us – no one was willing to, although they really wanted to help us, especially workers. They even asked their boss if they can let us sleep inside the restaurant! They also did a strange thing and called the police and asked if we can sleep at the police station. They told them to ask and call back but they never did… Without any hope left, we decided to go to the nearest petrol station. Unfortunatly it was closed during the night so we had to sleep outside onthe ground, without a tent… That was our first time sleeping outside.
After about an hour, a guy woke us up at asked us if we want to go to the bigger city – Mannheim – because he is going there and a train station there is open. We agreed quickly and went with him. He showed us a place to hitchhike to Frankfurt from and also gave us some money after hearing our story. Unfortunately the train station was closed during the night and we had to sleep on a bench on a platform. It was way better than sleeping on the ground on a petrol station but still, we weren’t very well-rested. Also, there was a mouse walking around us all morning and even though we both like mice – it was quite scary. After that stressfull night we were quite moody and were arguing a lot.
The wort part of all this is that at 11pm, someone accepted our request and was ready to host us in Luxembourg… Had we known that earlier, we would have went there after all, instead of going to Frankfurt. We would have seen another country, another beautiful city without the stress of sleeping outside. But well, it happened and we have a new story to share now.
The next day we hitchhiked a private bus of some sport group. It was difficult to convince them to take us but after some negotiating, they decided to take us with them. They had a double-decker bus and there were around 10 people inside of it. It was a very luxurious ride.
When we got to Frankfurt, we went to sleep, spend some time with Dominika’s family, ate dinner in a restaurant and saw a bit of the city. Not much because we weren’t that interested in it. The truth is that we spent most of our time there buying cheap socks in Primark…
We had a very nice time both in Metz and in Frankfurt but those were our first extremely stressful days; our first time when we had to change plans completely; our first time missing the entire country that we wanted to visit; and our first time sleeping outside. It was difficult but we managed to do it and in the next city we were finally supposed to meet up with Laura!