Luggage, customs, and a lot of walking
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When we landed we had three main goals. One, was to find a way to contact my family and let them know that everything is ok and that we have reached dry land safely. Two, to find somehwere to store our luggage in the airport while we explore. And lastly three....to find someone that speaks good enough English to direct us out of the airport to the train and to the correct stop where we can see Old Town Frankfurt.
Aside from the pay phones that I've used in the US, I have never used any other payphone. The European payphones proved to be rather confusing and expensive. Also, I've never called from Europe to the US before, and the codes confused me. After a couple of tries I was able to speak with my family for about 30 seconds and let them know that everything is ok and that we have arrived.
After finding an exchange beureu we were off to find the luggage storage. This proves to be a very efficient and rather cheap way to get rid of excess weight if you have a long wait in an airport. Its 4 euros per hour per piece of luggage, and you know its safe and dont have to kill your shoulders.
As I am still on the subject of luggage, I do have to say that I was very disappointed with the misinformed personel of Lufthansa airlines. As I am moving back to Bulgaria, I needed to pack everything I can anywhere I can. I called numerous times trying to confirm what I can and cannot take with me on board.
We found that the staff at the Frankfurt Airport all spoke at least a little bit of English, and were more than happy to help with any questions and confusion we may have.
I now regret leaving so soon, and think that we should have spend a couple of hours at the airport sleeping, and then go exploring. It was bitter cold and everything was closed. We were in the Frankfurt downtown center at around 7 am, which meant very very few people and nothing opened. Though that was rather unerving, it was also very peaceful and we were able to see everything from a different point of view. I was able to take pictures without having a million tourists in them, and we were able to freely and quietly explore. We tried asking one of the few people that was sitting near us as we smoked a cigarette as to where we can find the road to the old town, and he just lifted his hand and turned away.
How picturesque! The beautiful buildinds, the colors, and the details. The center had an elegant fountain surrounded by flowers, the streets were clean and of stone, and since there werent that many people you almost felt like you were pulled back in time. No traffic, no people, nothing modern that can take your attention from the beautiful center. We walked around aimlessly and explored all the little streets. There was a beautiful cathedral which was in renovation, though there were still sides that were uncovered and we were able to see its incredible details.
After a short break, I insisted we get up as my boyfriend was falling asleep. We walked back accross the bridge and the Roma musicians had attracted another group of Chinese tourists which were wildly taking pictures and giving coins. The Roma were happy.
Accross the bridge back into the old town the Historic Museum was opened and we decided to go in and get warm and learn a little bit about this beautiful city. When we went in we were completely ignored by the two people at the desk. We walked around the desk a little looking at books and facts, and when no one even looked up to greet us or ask us if we wanted to go in, we just started walking. Thats when all the sudden we became interesting and they asked us to pay.
Once inside we walked around and found only religeous artifacts, beautiful sculptures and paintings from nearby churches.
After our exciting walk through the museum we decided we would find somewhere to eat and walk down the business street where all the shops are. We sat down in a small coffee shop and ate a bagle and a sandwich with a soda and headed out. By the time we were at the center, where we initially got off the train, it was mayham! So many people, traffic of people. You couldnt cross from one side to the other without being trampled on. In comparison to just 3 hours prior to that, it was incredible how many people were on the pedestrian street. We walked into a couple of stores and just enjoyed the craziness around us, sat down to smoke a cigarette, listened to more Roma musicians (my boyfriend fought through traffic to drop a couple of coins in their hat) and we headed to the trainstop.
Once back at the airport we picked up our luggage and slept for another couple of hours until it was time to head to our gate. One thing I did find very interesting is that as you pass from one gate to another you go through customs. I think that by the time we were finaly at our gate my belt broke. I could probably take everything out of my bag and take all metal objects off in my sleep. We were near our gate abut two hours prior to departure, ony to find out that we had to wait until one hour prior to departure, as the gate was far too small.
One thing I do want to point out which was absolutely great in the Frankfurt airport is that there are smoking booths. Now, not only are they rather uncomfortable (nowhere to sit) but you can barely finish your cigarette as the smoke makes your eyes runny and you cannot breath.
We spent our last hour eating again, and having a Corona...when the time came we headed into our gate and patiently waited our turn.
I defenatly want to come back to Germany, less tired, with more money, and more time. I want to explore the cathedral, I want to spend the evening in a pub, and I want to take a boat ride down the canal, and I am sure, that there are plenty of other things I want which I dont even know yet.