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89-Year-Old Lifelong Friends Board Wrong Train, Unexpected Happiness Ensues

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 19, 2015

89-Year-Old Lifelong Friends Board Wrong Train, Unexpected Happiness Ensues

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When you have good company and a comfy seat, even an impromptu four-hour detour can be quite enjoyable.

That’s perhaps the greatest takeaway from the moment two friends found they were on the wrong train, headed for an outrageously long delay.

The Herts and Essex Observer (h/t The Independent) reports on what was supposed to be a brief adventure for Mollie Muetzel and her pal Kathleen Lowndes. Both are 89 years young and both have a rather amazing ability to make lemonade out of seriously sour travel lemons. 

According to the report, the dynamic duo traveled from Knebworth to London to enjoy afternoon tea at the famed Savoy Hotel.

After tea, the two were set to return for the brief return journey but instead boarded an express train to York, which meant a short jaunt turned into a noteworthy dilemma.

The report states, “The pair saw the humorous side of their error, however, and actually rather enjoyed their 344-mile (553.6km) detour.”

Now the specifics behind the mishap are really quite delightful. You see, Muetzel and Lowndes, friends since secondary school, were out in London as a birthday celebration of sorts: “Mollie turns 90 next month and Kathleen in January.”

We imagine if you are going to be stuck for a few hours on a train, a lifelong pal is the best company to have along for the journey.

But there was another reason this four-hour ordeal was enjoyable.

Muetzel explains that they realized rather quickly they were on the wrong train. However, when they asked an official if the train could be stopped at the next station, they were told that just wasn’t possible.

Muetzel tells the Observer: “The man came to us and said 'I'm awfully sorry but we can't stop as it's a fast train.' He said to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey, though, as they were going to take good care of us.”

As the report offers, the two enjoyed a smattering of cakes and other fare before finally reaching the end of the line at 10 that night.

Truly, this is a story with a couple of lessons. For one, you should always be aware of your surroundings, because one small mistake could turn into a day-altering gaffe.

But if you are stuck in a ridiculous situation, perhaps look to the bright side of life and enjoy what just might be an unexpectedly pleasant ride.

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