I am a 25 year old Australian who travelled around Europe last year with my younger sister (20 years old) who for this story I will just call K.
K and I had been travelling for 3 months by ourselves and with friends for some parts. K and I are both interested in the supernatural so on our adventures we went on a few 'ghost tours' here and there, explored the underground Edinburgh Vaults, Paris catacombs and old supposedly haunted castles. While all these activities were super fun and educational, we never had one 'creepy' or 'unexplained' experience. The creepy and unexplained didn't come until the last few days of our trip when we weren't looking for or expecting it.
The first experience took place in early morning Dublin, before sunrise. At this stage of the trip K and I were travelling just the two of us and we were running quite low on money. We had a day trip booked to take us out to see some castles and other sites of Ireland. We had been instructed via e-mail to meet up with our tour group at a Dublin train station at 6.30am.
Low on money and not wanting to pay for a taxi, K and I decided to get up extra early and walk to the train station. According to the concierge at our hotel it would take us roughly 30 minutes to walk there. So we set off at 5.45am just to be safe.
Being the eldest sibling, I felt responsible for K's safety so I was always very aware of our surroundings. As we were walking in the dark to the train station the streets were still very quiet at this time of morning. We saw a few people here and there but not enough to feel comfortable about two girls walking alone.
Anyway to the weird part. K and I had been walking for about 20 minutes when I noticed the shadow of a person approaching us on the sidewalk. I looked behind me to see if we were dealing with someone friendly or not, but nobody was there. Besides a couple walking on the opposite side of the street and in the opposite direction to us. When I turned forward the third shadow was still there. This time K turned around to look behind us and when turning back she asked me, "Did you just look behind us because of that shadow?" to which I responded "You see it too?!"
We weren't freaked out yet. I suggested that it may of just been an optical illusion, like perhaps one of us was creating two shadows due to the angle of the sidewalk or something. So we tried to prove that theory by putting our arms straight up in the air and waving them around while watching the 3 shadows. When we did this only 2 of the shadows copied our movements. The third simply kept walking along side of ours casually. K and I both began laughing (you know that wtf nervous kind of laughter). We spent the rest of the walk looking behind us trying to catch something or someone following us but we never saw anybody and the shadow walked with us the entire way to the train station until it was to lit up to see any of the three shadows anymore.
Personally I'd like to think that perhaps it was a guardian of some sort. K and I really should have got a taxi it wasn't smart for the two of us to be walking around in the dark in a place we barely knew. So maybe the shadow was just trying to make sure that we arrived at our destination safely.
The second unexplained moment happened a few days later back in London. K and I were exhausted and had gone to bed early in our hotel room. We had a single bed each with a small space in between. We were watching a movie on TV. I rolled over first and told K that I was going to sleep. Maybe 5 seconds later I felt a heavy pressure on the end of my bed just as if someone had sat on it. The bed even dipped and I had to pull my feet up. Assuming it was K I didn't even bother turning over I just asked her what the hell she was doing. That's when I heard K ask me from her bed what I was talking about. I spun around and sat up immediately. There was nothing on the end of my bed and it was clear that K had not moved from her position as the chips she had been eating were still resting on her tummy. I told K that someone had totally just sat on my bed and we both did the wtf laugh again, but I wasn't really scared. Less than five minutes later I rolled over and went to sleep again with no more occurrences.
Safe to say we came back home with a few fun stories to tell.
It could be a guardian spirit or it might be some tricks of light that made you feel the third shadow as it was quite early in the morning and that the street lights due to angle might have caused the third shadow. But can't be sure.
As far as the hotel incident is concerned, did you try to investigate the matter since you girls were interested in visiting haunted places and interested in paranormal? If you had inquired the hotel staff or room attendant, what was their reaction and if there is any, please do share with us. Well, leave the first incident, as far as the second one is concerned, if you girls have laughed, then really you are courageous.
Regards and respects to you.