Friday, April 16, 2010
On Sunday night I grabbed the night train from Krakow to Prague and was randomly assigned to a crowded cabin with five other students studying in Brussels, four from Spain and one from Italy. They went from being complete strangers, stuffed into a rickety train car, to new travel buddies, inviting me to join them in the 8th bed of their hostel dorm room. I took a liking to all of them quickly and was eager to accept the invitation. This was the best decision I could have made. The next four days ended up being one of the most enjoyable experiences of this trip and the people I bonded with are now so uniquely special to me. The cold rain that we trudged through to see the sights and the lousy hostel conditions were merely afterthougths. The final day was the most magical for me and seeing them leave this morning to venture to their next destination reminded me that this is only a snap shot of this lengthy adventure. With that said, I still hope to see them again soon and plan to make my way to Brussels at the finale of my trip.