I'm sniffling and that means I'm ill which means that I need to find the cause. I know what it was that inflicted me with this cursed malady. Tour. Or the lack of things I was told before I went abroad on an epic 6 day adventure.
There are a lot of things that we did that now I look back, someone should have smashed my face with a big STOP and made me think. Nevermind, I'm here to pass the wisdom onto you.
So here it is: 6 Things You Should Know Before A Show Abroad
1. Budget Travel Is Great If It's During The Day
The 4 of us elected to use a well-known bus company that is based in Edinburgh (let's call it BegaFus) for our travels. Fabulous, the BegaFus is cheap, quite comfortable and even offers plugs/wifi dependant on the journey. HOWEVER, it is notoriously cheaper at night and for good reason - YOU WILL NOT SLEEP. Unlike iDBus, BegaFus elects to use the ferry to cross the channel meaning you have to go through passport control, and then get off the coach, to then get back on it. At 3am, this is the last thing you want to be doing, especially when you have to tredge through London the next day in a zombie state and looking truly ratchet.
(4am on the coach. We'd just arrived in France)
2. Water Bottles Are Refillable
This was the biggest mistake we made, throwing these bottles away. Especially when it is Summer because you constantly drink water in the streets, on the metro, even whilst you're stood looking at touristy things. And before we knew it, we had spent nearly 170 EUR on new bottles of water! That is crazy amounts of money that could have been spent on Jagermeister. Obviously, if the water is not safe to drink, then this is a necessary sacrifice but in a city like Paris, it's perfectly fine.
3. It Is Not Wise To Buy ANYTHING From A Street Vendor
You get them EVERYWHERE. It's like being swarmed by One Direction fans if you utter Larry Stylinson (I feel dirty). And the best method we found was to not even look at them, just wave your hand and walk on by. But if you hesitate for a second, it's a constant tirade of having keychains thrust in your face rather violently. If you want any kind of souvenir like that, go in a gift shop. Usually they won't harrass you and you get some air con relief!
4. The Concierge Knows Best
We found ourselves getting lost - a lot. And everytime we popped into a cafe to ask for help, they were less than useful unless we spent extortinate prices on a drink. Except on one occasion where a waitor kindly pointed out a hotel with the words, "they know everything." Which is true, we asked some truly bizarre questions (where can we find that bookshop that's famous? etc.) and their descriptions were near perfect. Not only did we appreciate the help but it was nice to converse in English after struggling through with dodgy french accents.
(You had to turn left.. no right... no... fxck. What did he say?!)
5. Find The Venue The Day Before
This is a mistake we actually made in Hamburg, we didn't find the venue early enough and we ended up fighting through crowds to get to our Meet & Greet (THC Perks!). After several wrong metro lines and turns, if you do this the day before, you don't run the risk of not being where you want to in the crowd. If your intention is to be at the back then fine! This won't matter but how many people go to a show, not wanting to be at the front? You save so much time and you don't struggle getting home after it's all ended.
6. Don't Be 'That' Tourist
You know the ones. The loud ones that speak obnoxiously in their own language on the metro and in the street. The ones that stand on McDonalds and go "it's cheaper at home." That may be the case but YOU ARE NOT AT HOME. Of course everyone in the shops are going to greet you in their native language, you are in their country. We didn't do this, at least I hope we didn't, but we witnessed a lot of Americans getting super angry because it wasn't like being back in Kansas.
So, as I sit here and plan my epic 4 day adventure across Germany and France, I am keeping all of these things in mind. Sometimes it helps to have a little hindsight or a slight heads-up. But I wouldn't have changed my experience for anything else otherwise we wouldn't have unexplained photos like this.
Rest easy xoxo
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