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Journey Back to Delft- The end of a mini vacation

It was finally time to end my two week visit to my sister in
Heidelberg, a mini summer vacation in itself. 
Back to Delft! I was looking forward to it in some ways but would of
course miss the company of my sister. After all, family is family.

I booked a ‘hitchhike’ back to the Netherlands from Mannheim
(a city close to Heidelberg). I’ve done this countless times. It’s a very
convenient way to travel to neighbouring countries, especially for student. I’ll
give you an example. If you were to take a train to Delft from Heidelberg, it
would cost roughly 100 Euros. That is a steep price to cash strapped students
and isn’t always convenient. On the other hand, if you take a ‘mitfahr’ or ‘hitchhike’
to closer cities (since your exact to and from destination isn’t always available)
it costs a lot cheaper. My price for going from Mannheim to Utrecht was 25 Euros
with a ‘mitfahr’. And the train ticket from Utrecht to Delft costs 13 Euros.
All in all, this kind of a trip is possible in less than 50 Euros (which is
half the price of the train ride).

Other than the obvious monetary incentive, you get to meet
new people and always end up having interesting conversations along the ride.
This is of course possible in a train too, but a lot more likely when taking a
car (proximity and closed environment). I always like to guess what kind of car I will be travelling in. For
instance, my ride to Germany from Holland was in an Audi A4 and for some
coincidence my ride back was ALSO in an Audi A4. I’m not always that lucky and
sometimes the cars are rather generic and old. But hey, what’s to complain
about? It’s cheap isn’t it?

I’ll admit it’s not the most convenient way to travel. But
when you’re on a budget it’s perfect.

      

Waiting for my ride at the mannheim station                                   A little stop at the border of the two countries

My ride this time back to Delft was with a bunch of German
students going to Holland to visit their Dutch friend. They had also booked the
ride online and the driver himself was travelling to Utrecht. So, there was one
driver, and four young passengers. I would have to take a train to Delft from
Utrecht. However, as luck would have it, the three other German students were
later travelling to somewhere-close-to-Delft. So they asked their Dutch friend
(once we reached Utrecht) if he could drop me on the way, and he agreed! So the
second shorter ride was from Utrecht to Delft. It turned out that the Dutch friend
they were visiting had studied in a Technical Highschool which is at a walking
distance from my apartment. So he knew the roads and the way and was kind
enough to drop me almost at my doorstep! Now this doesn’t always happen, but
you never know! J

It’s good to be back in Delft. The familiar place was
missed.

The trip was enjoyable. You do encounter traffic jams and
road blocks sometimes, but hey, that’s life isn’t it?

Tot Later!

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