We noticed nothing strange as we stood, waiting to find the keys to go inside. Nothing but a slight heat in the air.
Then, as we enter the building: "Oooh, it smells a bit funny... What is that? A cleaning product kind of smell?"
"Yeah I can smell it too" everyone agrees "Anyway, let's get these cases in!"
I live on the first floor, and as we drag our hefty cases up the stairs, the smell thickens.
"Erghh, what is that SMELL? It's like... rotting?"
Another floor up, the pungent stench is yet stronger. And it's very clearly coming from one particular flat. We run downstairs to tell Jemma the Chaperone.
"JEMMA, IT STINKS OF ROTTING FLESH OR SOMETHING UPSTAIRS."
Giving us a 'Concerned Chaperone' look, we agree to go and knock on the flat door. Fritz (this is what we have, in a very un-PC way, nicknamed the man living upstairs, as we don't know his name, and he's a stereotypical "JA JA SAUSAGES UND SCHNITZEL" large German man) is not answering. After 5 minutes of ringing, we start worrying. Maybe he's left meat out and gone away for the weekend by accident?
Or maybe worse... I mean, the smell is pretty potent. Could he be... dead?
At this suggestion, I ran downstairs and refused to come up again until the source of the smell had been discovered, and confirmed not to be a dead man. I'm sorry, but I do not want to see a rotting corpse if I can possibly help it.
Downstairs, the other kids and I joke nervously about the events above us. We can hear the chaperones knock on doors upstairs, and can hear a little shouting too. It's all a bit scary.
Then, after a good 10 minutes, we hear another voice.
I run upstairs, and see Jemma the Chaperone talking to Fritz. HE'S ALIVE. I swear to God, never in my entire life have I been so glad to see an obese German man in his pyjamas.
But we still don't know what the smell is- it turned out that Fritz doesn't live in the smelly flat, and the man who owns it is nowhere to be seen. All I can hope is that someone has left a steak out of their fridge by accident...
I hope this scared you a little bit, because it's true- it all happened yesterday, and I was terrified (because I'm a wuss, as you all know). So comment below if you liked this- what do you think could be up there?
Or just wish me good luck for my performance today!