A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
This is a story about the excursion that I participated on 19 May, this year. Due to my academic schedule for my MA thesis, I must have participated only one day. In the morning, my smartphone alarm of rooster made me awake. I took shower first and had breakfast quickly. After the breakfast, I soaked my wok and plates into the water. Besides, I went down towards bikeshed on the basement.
My destination was Neimegen Centraal by 09.30 am. I left for Leiden Cetraal station at 05.50 am. When I arrived at the station, my pocket watch was indicating 06.05 am. I approached to the ticket machine and paid my train fare with my debit card. The train was due to leave the station at 06.22 am. I went up to my train and sit on the seat. Suddenly, I realised my card was missing and ran to the ticket machine downstairs immediately. Nevertheless, there was not my card; I surveyed my pockets again and again. Fortunately, I came to find my debit card with my receipt
I came back to the train and sit on the seat. It was around 6.17 am and the train started leaving Leiden Centraal slowly. Utrecht train station was quite large; there were pretty a number of platforms. I went through corridor to the platform to take the train bound towards Neimegen Centraal. However, the announcement told my train was delayed and it requires changing the platform. Hence, I moved to other platform in the middle of station platforms. It was quite chilly even if it was May; I breathed in and out deeply every 10 seconds. This breathing method is being called the La Neige breathing method by me; I am sure that it is recommendable when you feel cold or chilly in winter.
Ultimately, my train arrived at the platform and I got on the train about at 7.50 am. There were pretty many passengers there. After the first destination, one-third of people got off; I went to other chamber; I was easily able to occupy an empty seat on the window side. The outside was full of green; I browsed it for a while; it was enough to attract my sight. My pocket watch was indicating approximately 8.24 am. I confirmed it with my smart mobile device again.
It was 8.42 am when I reached Nemegen Centraal. I went out of the station and moved my step towards bus station. The rendezvous time was 9.30 am; I was able to get on the bus at 8.52 am. My destination was not far from the city centre; it only took around 15 minutes. It was nearly 9.08 am and I moved to meeting point. There was a guidance signal and a passage led into a park; there were houses around the place; a recent building was standing; and there was an inscription on its entrance Portum Romana.
To Be Continued…