Have you ever got drunk one night and woken up in a strange place the next morning? Well, Luke Harding has gone one better than that. He went from drinking in Manchester, UK all the way through to waking up in gay Paris, France. Not bad going.
Unfortunately, Harding can’t actually remember most of what happened. The 19 year old, a sheet metal worker in Manchester, started out by doing a round of the pubs, drinking with his mates. Apparently he very quickly got well and truly drunk.
He does remember that at 4 a.m. he left the Tokyo Project nightclub (nicknamed Tokes) and was on the way home, when he found his passport in his pocket. He had apparently been using it as an ID to be able to buy drinks all night.
Anyhow, it suddenly seemed like a really good idea to take a detour to Paris, which is a mere 500 mile plane ride away from Manchester.
He told the UK Metro newspaper that after finding his passport, he also found an app on his phone which was telling him all about cheap flights to Paris. How convenient! He said it was a spur of the moment decision and it “seemed like a good idea at the time.”
He then flagged down a taxi and asked the driver to take him to Manchester Airport. Interestingly, reports are that he actually convinced the driver he was a junior doctor going to a convention in Paris.
On the way to the airport, he used his phone to book himself a seat on a flight, costing him $161, and leaving the airport at 6 a.m. Perfect. What a surprise it would be a drunken reveler in Paris, instead of Manchester!
He says he somehow made it on to the plane, but from there on it was a total blank, blur, grey area, nothing, no memory at all.
He doesn’t remember the flight, he has absolutely no recollection of landing in Paris, and he cannot remember going through customs.
What he does remember next is waking up in a public toilet at the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, suddenly realizing how bad his drunken idea had been. So while his pals were all recovering nicely in their own cozy beds back home, there he was, a stranger in a strange land.
Somewhere along the line he finally decided to phone his mother back home and told her not to panic, but could she please pick him up at Manchester airport at 8 p.m.? According to Harding, when she heard what he had been up to “she went mental at me.”
He does say that he doesn’t regret it, although it was apparently “bloody freezing” in Paris, and it will give him a funny story to tell his friends for years to come of the antics of a drunken reveler in France. Not only that, but Harding also became an instant Twitter sensation, posting really original surprise “selfies” of himself from the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in Paris for all his friends back in Manchester to see and be envious about.
By Anne Sewell