AN ORPINGTON man got so drunk after a funeral that he woke up in Amsterdam, with no idea how he'd got there.
James O'Kane, of Park Avenue, spent January 29 attending a friend's funeral in Eltham, before heading to the Queen's Head pub in Orpington.
The 22-year-old later went to Croydon, but from there things get a little hazy.
Mr O'Kane, who works in Sainsbury's in Locksbottom, told News Shopper: "I can't remember that much after that but I know I was thinking I had to do something.
"Next thing I knew, I woke up when someone started tapping me on the shoulder. It was an air hostess.
"Then there came the announcement: 'We have now arrived at Amsterdam'.
"I thought: 'what the hell have I done'."
At around 4am Mr O'Kane had taken a taxi from Croydon to Gatwick Airport, before booking a £232 British Airways return flight to Amsterdam.
He had taken his passport out that evening to use as ID.
The former Orpington College student said: "I was quite upset and angry with myself when I woke up.
"I was scared. I had never been abroad on my own before.
"It was freezing. I had no money, nowhere to stay, no underwear, not even toothpaste.
"I hadn't brought my glasses and I can't see very well without my glasses.
"I called my mum and she booked me a hotel to stay in while I was there.
"In the end I tried to enjoy the experience. I did a lot of wandering about.
"I visited a lot of places but I was a bit lonely."
Mr O'Kane stayed in Amsterdam for two nights, before returning home on February 1.
He added: "In the end I was happy to finally get home.
"I hardly slept while I was there because I was quite scared.
"I was meant to be in work. My manager found out on Facebook and he wasn't happy.
"Overall I'm glad I did it. I'll be telling people this story for the rest of my life."
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