Roadburn 2010 Report Pt. X: De Volcanis

1:30PM: City Hotel, Tilburg, The Netherlands: I have a little time before I’m due over at the 013 for the start of the Afterburner show, and yes, astute attendees, you are correct to notice I’ve switched hotels. Nothing against the accommodations across the street at the Mercure, which are ample, but they just didn’t have a room for the night, and as British Airways has announced the cancellation of all flights out of London through Monday, I figured I’m better off in Tilburg at least for the evening than anywhere else. This way I can stay for the Afterburner and not have to worry about leaving early to catch a train to Amsterdam to make my flight. Can’t catch it if it doesn’t exist.

Checkout at the Mercure was at noon and the alarm on my watch went off at 10AM. I checked in on the airline only to find out both my flights were shitcanned (you’ll recall I already knew the first was), and essentially that I was stuck for the time being. Worse places to be, certainly.

The real kicker is that my phone doesn’t work. I can’t make outgoing calls. I can text, check my voicemail and call T-Mobile, who graciously told me they don’t know what the problem is and tough shit. “Good deal,” I said to the kindly, apologetic woman on the phone.

I texted back and forth with The Patient Mrs., interrupting her night’s sleep back in the valley, and once I found out I couldn’t stay at the Mercure again, I naturally assumed the worst and that I wouldn’t be able to find a hotel in town at all and would end up on a train going from city to city trying to find a place to sleep for the night. My approach to this eventuality was to do what any decent, blog-fearing citizen of the United States would do: Let someone else handle it while I get lunch.

The Patient Mrs. booked this room in the nick of time, since, as the girl downstairs at the counter confirmed for me, it was the last empty one in the hotel. And as I’m on the top floor all the way in the corner, I believe it. Out my window is the Heuvelkerk church, whose mighty bells ring out at various parts of the day to mark the time. One can only hope they and I have in common that we are not early risers on Mondays.

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One Response to “Roadburn 2010 Report Pt. X: De Volcanis”

  1. Marc says:

    hey man, glad you made it after all and had such a good time so far. Excellent read.

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