- Architect Rob van den Broek got stuck in the elevator of his hotel when the earthquake Kos hit. 'We were essentially steps away and had a second hand at the hotel. I went upstairs with one last bottle of Heineken when suddenly everything began to shake. '
The Nijmegener experienced troubled moments in the elevator. 'I thought the cable was breaking. There was all stucco on the roof. I did not really enjoy it. '
The cable held it and Van den Broek could see through the window of the elevator how other guests fled out of their rooms and stormed down. 'But I was stuck. So I'm just tapping that bottle of beer on that window so they would notice me. I did not have a phone with me, nothing. After eight minutes there came a guy who opened the door. Then I could climb out. '
Where Van den Broek and his traveling companions sleep the night they do not know. They wait for Cusus travel agency to let them know. 'I'm architectural and I could see that this hotel was total loss. The floors were out of the lead, tearing everywhere. It is uninhabitable. It's mainly old buildings that are damaged, the new ones kept it fine. '