Living in Karlsruhe means, that the distance to France is much more less than from Berlin. So I couldn’t miss the chance to hitch-hike à la France pour y parler et améliorer mon français.
My first hitch-hiking trip was to Strasbourg, a border town some 90km south of Karlsruhe. Though the distance is not much, it took two hours to finally arrive at the outskirts of Strasbourg.
I thought I’d be smart and only buy the tram ticket to the city centre and play the innocent tourist, when the inspector comes. And guess what just before the last stop, they came in…. They spoke very good English, were nice and believed me, that I forgot to validate the ticket. I just gave it to him and promised to act correctly next time – although I think nothing would had happened, because I didn’t had any personal ID with me…
Without a ticket, I just went by foot to my host A. who lives one hour from Strasbourg main station. But because Strasbourg is a really beautiful city the walk was nice.
At her place I repaired her bike and then she showed me the city. In the evening she invited some friends and we drank beer, they smoked weed and we played a nice card game till 4 in the morning.
When we got up in the afternoon, the weather was turning from sunny to rainy – perfect for hitch-hiking…
Fortunately after we ate something A. drove me to the Germany border town Kehl and after waiting for some 15 minutes, I got a ride to Karlsruhe.
When I arrived at home – right before TATORT – , I felt like having had a long vacation – it was very nice.