There’s a first time for everything! Yesterday, for example, was my first time hitchhiking.
I was on my way to work. My mode of transportation was my (usually very reliable) scooter. All of a sudden, said scooter didn’t want to be going 50 km/hr to go through town. Instead, it gradually got slower and slower… until it stopped altogether.
I tried to restart it. Nope.
My first thought was to call my boss. No answer. Boss’ spouse. No answer. Boss again. No answer.
Ok, so I needed a new plan. “Maybe I can take the bus,” I thought to myself… as the hourly bus whizzed by. So that was a no-go.
I needed a new plan again. “My husband has some family in the neighboring village, maybe they can drive me!” I called them. No answer. And still no answer from my boss.
At this point, I reevaluated my options:
Take the scooter. Have my boss pick me up. Take the bus. Have D’s family drive me.
- Call TCS (Swiss version of AAA). I didn’t want to wait for them to come. So:
- Walk. This would have made me about 2 hours late to work, and my boss still had no idea I was running late. So:
- Stick out my thumb.
This really had become my only choice. FORTUNATELY, hitchhiking is common in Switzerland and is still considered safe (more on Swiss honesty in a future post). The person who picked me up was very friendly, and I made it to work, almost on time!
A good experience, but I’ll try not to make it a habit. 🙂