you're gonna want to read this story.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First off, just know that I drink a lot of water.  My friends here often make fun of the amount of water I consume at the dinner table. Come to think of it, when my best friend Kaitlyn was a waitress, she would automatically set a pitcher of ice water next to my plate to prevent the inevitable running back and forth from my table to the kitchen for water refills. So it should come as no surprise that I drank 2 full bottles of water on my train ride home from Poland this weekend.  Naturally, I quickly needed to use the bathroom.  Like, prettttty urgently. As the German rail is almost always the cleanest and most efficient of European rail systems, finding a bathroom on their trains is never an issue….that is, until this particular night.

For some reason, there was only 1 bathroom on my train and it was out of order. When I discovered this, I thought, “What a peculiar way to die….well, it’s been a good 23 years on Earth.” and then returned to my seat, bounced up and down, tried to read, tried to listen to music, tried to go to sleep (the worst of ideas) and resorted to taking photos of myself in the window in attempt to distract myself – all to no avail. I then decided to pray that somehow, God would make a toilet appear in front of me. When that didn’t happen, I had the following conversation with myself:

"Okay, I’m just going to have to get off the train at the next stop. There is no way, NO way, that I can wait 3 hours until I get to Nuremberg. There is just absolutely no way. And when I step off the train in the next town, it’s very likely – 99.9% likely, even – that the train will leave me before I have time to go to the bathroom and then re-board, which means it is also very likely that I won’t be able to make it home tonight, as this might be the last train of the night. So – I’m going to have to pay for a hotel room in whatever town I end up in and I’m going to have to call in tomorrow morning and inform them that I won’t be back in time to go to work…because I really had to pee."

Well, turns out, God didn’t make a toilet appear in front of me but something equally as miraculous happened. When the ticket-taker walked by me, I all but violently grabbed and shook him and in my most convincing please-have-pity-on-me-because-I’m-just-a-little-American-girl-all-alone-in-Germany-but-I’m-speaking-your-language-and-you-should-really-respect-me-for-that-because-so-many-Americans-ask-you-these-same-kinds-of-questions-but-in-English-and-isn’t-my-German-cute? voice, asked him if there was some kind of secret bathroom on the train I didn’t know about because I really, really, really had to use it. Please imagine how much I wanted to hug this man while simultaneously running through the train car screaming, “Praise God! Jesus lives!” when he told me that he had just received word that we had to make an unexpected stop in the next town, which would require us to de-board this train and board another train- a new train (also Nuremberg bound, of course), which would have a working bathroom.

Best day of my life. (Or so it seemed at the time.) Although that first hour of agony is something I’d never like to experience again.

But hey, at least I have these awesome self-portraits as a result, right?


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23 comments:

Megan said...

sometimes your stories really stress me out.

this is one of those. and in addition makes me have to pee.

Candice said...

haha wow that's got to be the worst...thank goodness for that ticket person! :)

Sian said...

Love this story! It's hilarious but must have been awful at first, poor you!! =D I love the way you write too =)
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Brooke said...

ahhh that's crazy!!! So glad you got to pee! :)

Jan said...

Ha loved your feelings when talking to the ticket taker!!! Again, God is good!!

Erin said...

Must have felt like a miracle! Having to pee that badly is the worst feeling ever. Glad you survived ;)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

Correction....when I say:

As the German rail is almost always the cleanest and most efficient of European rail systems...

that excludes the Swiss rail, of course.

magdalena viktoria said...

haha, I laughed at the 'what a peculiar way to die'.

erica marie said...

So glad you survived through the hour...having to go and holding it is an awful feeling.

jcondc said...

I feel like this is something that happened during our trip..those little things that aren't necessarily life-threatening, but still cause major anxiety and stress that end up working out okay in the end. I felt like you still had to go to the bathroom while you were wrtiting this. Good job.

Casey said...

hahaha awesome story, it made me have to pee as well!

Jacquelyn said...

I know that feeling. I was trapped in my car for hours in a horrible snow storm. At the time it really does feel like the most horrible feeling ever!

Dani said...

Bathroom agony is THE WORST. You're right...ya would've had to pay the money, there was just nothing for it.

I feel like this is a story that a man would not understand.

Jenny said...

It's a miracle! :)

jackiek said...

this story is hysterical because i can relate so well to it. i have the smallest bladder ever, so I always know i'm going to run into some sort of problem during long bus/car/train rides. I once got stuck in the middle seat on a red eye flight to France. I had to pee soooooo bad in the middle of it, but the two people on either side of me were fast asleep with their legs stretched out. I was in agony for like an hour deciding whether to hold it for the rest of the flight or wake them up. I finally ended up climbing on top of everyone saying "im so so sorry i just really need to pee". lesson for next time: don't take the middle seat.

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Haha oh my gosh. Your blog always makes me laugh so hard! I wish we knew each other in real life. Haha. :)
But I have experienced that pain before too! Not fun.

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Kathrine said...

Funny story...the best stories are written by life itself, so true!
I can feel your agony! I drink a lot, I mean A LOT too, because I have problems with low blood pressure and passing out! Also I'm runner, so staying hydrated is crucial. Well, being as a Sales representative and not having an office is really tough. Always looking for the next available toilet. Umpf.

Amber Blue Bird said...

this has happened to me on a train ride from NY to Connecticut, worst two hours of my life.

wilybrunette said...

so. if i were to...come visit....

are you planning on leaving europe any time soon?

cuz i gotta save some money.

Kimbirdy said...

haha! oh heavens! this post made me simultaneously laugh out loud and exclaim "bless your heart." i'm so glad a miracle was performed so you didn't have to miss work due to a case of having to pee. also, i love your stories. you should compile them all into a book!

Sera said...

hahaha! so glad you could find a bathroom. that's the worst feeling. and i can't count the number of times i passed out as a kid from dehydration problems!

Mighty Burns said...

umm have I told you I love your stories? True story.

Saara said...

Haha :) I have the smallest bladderin the world and these kinds of things happen to me ALL the time! Sometimes its so embarrassing! But when you gotta go, you gotta go!

Good, that things worked out :)