Germany In the Snow
Oh these German computer keyboards are not what I´m used to, with extra characters and letters in different places! Also, I’ll have to add my photos and videos later when I have more time, as I äm writing quickly between flights.
Iäm headed to India and itäs a very long journey. So far, Iäve made it through my first leg of the trip, to Germany. I sat next to a nice woman Kelly, about my age. She and her husband Mike had been in Germany now for a little over a year and she was telling me about how they were acclimating to it, she was telling me about her Philly connection, how long she and Mike have been married, etc, you know, all the things people talk about when you’re sitting next to them on a 7-hour flight.
I had 5 hours to kill before I had to make my connection, so I decided to leave the airport and go exploring. In this moment, I’m secretly happy I forgot to give my winter coat to Mike to take home. He dropped me off at the airport and I forgot to leave my coat in his car.
Just got an email from Neena in India though and it’s a good thing, as it looks as though it may be quite cold in northern India.
Anyway, I took the train out to the center of Frankford.
This nice German guy who seemed to understand English but couldnät speak it well helped me figure out my way. On the train, I have to say I was a little surprised by the grafitti I saw — carved swasticas on at least 6 of the windows.
(You can see the guy who helped me maneuver the German train system in the reflection.)
When I got to the city center, it was pretty quiet.
It’s Sunday, so the stores were closed. There were some cafes that were open, though. The city was beautiful all quiet and covered in snow.
I stopped into a cafe for some assparagus soup and hot chocolate (yum! warm!). The restaurants were open for brunch. I sat in a restaurant with live music and a lounge area with a flat screen tv projecting a cracking fire. Very welcoming.
Walked around a bit, then it was time to figure out the train and ticket system and head back to the airport.
India, here I come!