When was the last time you got lost? Was it an enjoyable experience, or a stressful one? Tell us all about it.
A big foreign city, google maps installed on your phone, a free city map in your pocket: you are prepared!
Two years ago, while wandering around Vienna for a week, I felt on top of the world. I had planned my visit very carefully: mapping out the interesting places I wanted to visit and reading up on the history and current events.
A few days into my trip, I took out a Wien City Bike and I cycled over to the Hundertwasserhaus. After parking my bike it took me a while to find the house: the free city map was lacking details and my phone’s battery was running out. Luckily the Hundertwasserhaus is a big attraction, so there were plentty of signs to guide me.
After enjoying this wonder of architecture, I made my way back to the City Bike stand. Uh oh, when I logged in, I received a message that my previous bike was not returned properly and I was not allowed to take out a new one. My phone (really running on empty!) did not allow me to use the City Bike phonenumber1 so I had to look for a public pay phone. By now, I was also cranky and a bit tired and I wanted to go back to my appartment. So with a less-than-perfect city map, an empty phone I had to track my way out of the neighborhood looking for a way back.
I did not panic, but I have to be honest and say I was very glad when bits and pieces of Vienna started to make sense again. I soon found a tramline 12 and I made my way back to my rented appartment. In the end I realised I was not lost, just slightly away from the known bits of the city.
- Foreign mobile phone accounts I think are always prohibited from using the (toll-)free numbers abroad. All for your protection, so that you do not run up astronomically high bills. ↩
- Only when I got home and checked google maps did I see that tramline 1 basically runs past the Hundertwasserhaus. Sigh! ↩