0449 Bankers on Bicycles (Germany 003—new)

Frankfurt am Main Travel Blog

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In Frankfurt my encounters and insightful discussions continue--  with an Iranian university professor here on vacation… with a Croatian writer/philosopher… with Venezuelan and Dominicans and Turks, all working here in Germany  It starts to make up a little bit for the dry stretches of my journey with little communication…

 

I reach Frankfurt early in the morning and, with the sun rising behind gleaming skyscrapers.  This is one of Europe’s main financial hubs, and Frankfurt isn’t ashamed of it… A big statue of the Euro symbol sits right in the middle of town.

 

Frankfurt is one of the few European cities with a lot of skyscrapers right in the middle of town, giving it a very young, modern feel.

  But unlike American cities, here bankers speed by in their power suits on bicycles…

 

I decide to go ahead and play my set in the park and am soon joined by a couple of Iranian tourists.  Once again, a great chance to get a glimpse into a rather inaccessible world…

 

This college professor tells me of the hopes and dreams of the younger, well educated Iranians and the shock and disillusionment that swept the country when it became clear that Ahmedinijad had stolen the election… How they felt so alone, struggling for justice…

 

As we watched the bankers speed past on bicycles we got to talking about the whole “image” thing in Middle Eastern cultures--  how people often feel the need to pretend they have money even if they don’t, in contrast with the bicycle riding Germans…

 

It’s my very first opportunity to have a good long chat with an Iranian… it seems like this is my lucky day…

 

I head on to explore the city a bit.

  I head north out of the high rise area through some pleasant but not all that impressive neighbourhoods… On to a park with a pleasant little lake with a fountain…

 

I determine that I will accomplish what I failed to do in Stuttgart:  hike all the way to the edge of the city and discover a new town.  But first I figure I should explore the downtown a little bit more.  I head back to the main plaza and pedestrian area right as everybody is out on their lunch break.  Everywhere people are grabbing a quick lunch before heading back to work.

Finally I do find Frankfurt’s very small but dense little historical area, with a castle like structure and some of the coolest half timber buildings I’ve ever seen.  I’m a bit of a sucker for medieval looking half timber buildings, so I waited around until a wedding reception got out of my way so I could take my clip…

 

Finally I headed across the river to a cozy little neighbourhood on the other side, and down along to river to discover a Frankfurt suburb…

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