I made it to Germany! WOOO! The plane did not have wifi, so I could not blog from the air, but I decided to write on my phone, so what follows is from the adventure to get here. Sadly though, I can’t figure out how to export the note so I can just paste it here, instead of having to retype everything. But for today, I will type it here for you all to see:
During my last few days in the US, food was on my mind. I wanted to make sure that the last meals I had would be ones that I wouldn’t be able to get in Germany. My last stateside meals included wings at Buffalo Wing Factory, Pad Thai at Asian Fusion, breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe, and sushi buffet at Matsutaki.
I was also glad to leave, because that meant that I didn’t have to shovel the driveway anymore!
Once I got to the airport, I made it through security smoothly. After finding my gate at THE VERY end of the concourse/ terminal, I bought two Starbucks (one for now & one for later) and made the last phone calls to family in the US.
I was in the very last row on the lane, but according to studies, that’s the safest place to be! Economy was only about half full, and there was no one in the seat between me and the guy on the aisle, which made it nice and easy to stretch into that open area. As we were taxiing out to the runway, I felt like the ~8 year-old in front of me: my face glued to the window, seeing all of the salt trucks and bull dozers used to clear the runways after all of the snow that was dumped on the east coast.
And we have liftoff. Although the flight plan online said 8 hours, we were scheduled to arrive in 7hr 22min, and the captain said he’d get us there 5 minutes earlier than scheduled!
There are a lot more entertainment choices now than three years ago when I was on an international flight. All of the video options are on demand, so you can start whatever movie/ TV show you want at any time, instead of tuning in in the middle of a program. Watching Pacific Rim in German was.. different, and also to my UMW friends’ delight, I also got around to watching Frozen (Jessie, I’m talking to you!). I thought it was cute, but I bon’t understand why all of you guys obsess over it. PS – it was better in German “Willst du einen Schneeman bauen?”
Luckily the plane had outlets so I was able to charge my phone, since I used it to write about the in-flight experience.
It is currently 22:25 stateside and I’ve been trying to get some shut eye, but it’s way too early for sleep! If anybody knows me, I am definitely a night owl and will stay up half the night! Maybe jet lag will make me like coffee… We will just have to wait and see…
We hit some turbulent patches once we were over Europe, but nothing more than a bumpy car ride.
We landed 20 minutes early, but by the time we taxied in, we were right on schedule. As I was walking to baggage claim, I noticed that the airport was mysteriously empty, but then again, it was 07:20 local time.
I was able to get on an earlier train that arrived almost an hour before my original train. The train tickets are good for any time, so it didn’t really matter which one I actually got on. The only problem with this was that I was not able to get in touch with Han, my ‘tutor’ ahead of my train departure. So I ended up waiting at the Erfurt Hauptbahnhof because I couldn’t connect to a wifi network.
Is it wrong to be drinking Starbucks at 3:30 am? Of course not! Because it’s only 08:30 local time!
One of the things I love about Germany is when you are travelling through the countryside, you all of a sudden see these massive windmills/ turbines. Talk about utilizing alternative energy! On the train, I also saw a lot of houses and other buildings with the roofs covered with solar panels! Sadly we passed them too quickly for me to snap a pic of them.
Overall, today was a long day.. I woke up about 9:30 am EDT on the 19th, and I didn’t really sleep until 10:30 am EDT on the 20th. Time for some well deserved sleep.