Something I learned traveling around Europe and will never forget is the fact that it is Never a good idea to stay up all night to avoid staying in a hotel or catching some early morning event like a train or a race. Well this story is a tale of a group of travelers about to leave Sweden on a 6am train and have decided to stay up all night to avoid the ludicrous exchange rate of the Swedish Kroner.
We had just been sent on a secret mission into the archipelago (large grouping of islands) near Stockholm. Our mission was a success and only marked with a few dozen mosquito bites for those in our group with blood that tastes like malbec. We rendezvous with my cousin for dinner and plan the nights activities. Our only restrictions were:
- We couldn’t stay at my cousins house because houses there are a total of 42 square meters. You do the math. Not possible to fit five stinking guys in there.
- We had a mandatory train to catch at 6am and we needed to account for the unknown route to the train station itself.
- We didn’t want to pay for a hostel as they were too expensive.
Given this criteria, any self respecting traveler will decide to find the biggest and best bar and rage it until the morning comes. My cousin advises us as to where to go however there is a problem. In Sweden the best places are 25 and over and I dont think any of us were 25. Also we looked like scum after sleeping on the ground the night before. The solution was to arrive Very early to the bar and establish a presence. This proved to work very well and we all immediately spent as much money as we could at the bar. This meant long island ice teas which cost about $20 at this place. The night continued and ended up being a lot of fun at this bar. My cousin left us to our own devices around 10:30 ish. Next door to this bar was another very happening bar so eventually we decide to all give that one a shot since we were spending all our money really fast at this posh place.
It is about this time that everything started to go wrong. (I am going to avoid using real names here to protect the identities of the fallen.) Phillipo found his way onto a very comfortable bench seat and found himself falling asleep at about 2am. The bouncers would keep coming over to him and tell him to get a grip and he would wake up and sit up straight. Then slowly, while holding his beer, he would start to tip over and everytime the bottle was about to spill the bouncers would catch him. Then the bouncers were preoccupied (which I will get to in a minute) and missed the leaning tower of Phillipo and he ends up spilling his beer all over the seat and remains to be asleep. Eventually the bouncers arrive knowing exactly what happened and cursed themselves for not kicking him out earlier. Phillipo is banished from the bar.
So why were the bouncers preoccupied? Turns out that Mikael thought no one would notce if, while walking by the VIP section, he would just take the bottle of champagne out of the cooling container and start pounding it out of the bottle in front of the actual VIPs. Surprisingly this caused quite a commotion and there was a big hullabaloo with Mikael and the VIPs and the bouncers. In the end Mikael loses and is literally dragged out into the street.
The rest of us realize that our numbers are depleting and we are not sure where our fallen had gone so we end up leaving ourselves. We exit the bar 2:30 and find Phillipo harassing some locals for a cigarette or something. Still no sign of Mikael. We walk a bit and hear some loud shouts of laughter. We find a group of youths huddled around a homeless guy laying on the bus bench. Turns out this homeless guy is Mikael and he is clutching his red carrying bag which is filled, among other things, a passsport, ipod, speakers, money, and half a brain. The youths were saying funny thins to him rather loudly and he would just not move or didn’t care.
We wake Mikael up and go into the park with the youths to talk politics and compare cultures. Mikael falls asleep again. Eventually it is time to get to the train station. We find our way there miraculously and have to wait for 15 minutes. While waiting Mikael falls asleep again. We take this oppurtunity to cover him in everything we could possibly find in our backpacks. Mainly shaving cream, a lot of moisturizer, and the piste de resistance, we draw a swastica on his forehead nice and big. The train arrives and we need to find our seats. Mikael gets on and sits down in the first seat he can find. We goto our seats not caring and fall asleep. We arrive in Munich and realize that Mikael is not on the train.
Turns out that Mikael was asked by the conductors for his ticket but he could not respond coherently. The conductors didnt’t like this. That, or they didn’t like the fact that this guy was sprawled over two seats covered in creams that were getting all over the seats and was sporting a giant Swastica on his forehead as we were about 1 hour from arriving in Germany. So they kicked him off.
In one of those Ferris Buehler type moments, we rendezvous with Mikael on a train going to Prague when coincidentally he has the same train, the same car, and the same cabin as we did. Wierd. Was it right to send someone into Germany pissed drunk with a Swastica on his forehead and enough moisturizer to lubricate the Swiss army, probably not but it makes for a good story.
Damn I wish I had pictures of this.