ADVENTUROUS Kingâ€™s duo Phil and Merrick busked and bartered their way from London to Germany in less than 36 hours â€“ without spending a dime of their own money.
The daredevil globetrotters set out without a penny in their pockets, relying on random well-wishers, a cheeky spot of fare dodging and their slick charm (with a bit of shoddy German thrown in).
Whatâ€™s more, the students raised a Â£180 bounty for charity as part of the GKT RAG Soc.
The 36 hour dash began outside Guyâ€™s campus at 9am where the pair set off with four rival Roadrunner teams, all competing to get as far from London as possible.
They hopped on a clipper ferry down the Thames, which they managed to negotiate for free through a friend at the boat company.
After charming a bus driver, they travelled from Embankment to Victoria without parting with a single penny.
They raised Â£100 in loose change by busking at Victoria coach station and spent it on a bus to Dover and a ferry to Calais â€“ driving into Paris at 6am.
â€œ[We] sneaked on and off the Metro and got to the Louvre in time for the sunrise,â€ the boys remember. After touring the streets of Paris, they arranged a free ride share with a â€œrandom Russian guyâ€.
Arriving in Luxembourg later in the afternoon, they once again jumped the barriers onto a train to Trier in Germany.
Yet it seemed the boys were to finally run out of luck when a ticket conductor approached them â€“ or so they thought. â€œPhil speaks German,â€ Merrick remembers, â€œwe convinced [him] to let us go freeâ€ (avoiding a hefty â‚¬150 fine).
Finally, they reached Trier after covering 512 km through four countries in less than 36 hours.
They then flew back home to London from Luxembourg â€“ raising a grand total of Â£180 for charity East African Playgrounds.