Take a walk through the train station with me

Trip Start May 13, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Sunday, May 18, 2008

Note to all: "Brooks Blog", by the creator of the documentary 'A Map for Saturday', is great.  Highly recommended.  The quality of his blog has motivated me to, this time around, actually put some effort into mine and make actual attempts at using correct grammar and maintain a reasonably coherent flow, rather than just jotting things down haphazardly as I've done in the past.

Anyway, I have now received my luggage, obtain access to money, and accomplished little else.  For one day I had literally no money, except for a credit card which I feared using due to international fees.  I have eaten a whole lot of bread and peanut butter, and the occasional two euro frozen pizza.  It is now time to devote all of my energy into finding a place to live for the next three months, either in Cologne or Bonn.  Where I will be working is NE of Bonn and SE of Cologne.

Which brings me to this morning.  I thought that I was over the jet lag, but for some reason I shot awake at about 4 this morning.  After an hour laying awake and an hour of internet surfing, I am now riding the train from Cologne to Bonn in order to scope out the city, the public transportation to where I will work, and possible look for a place to live.  Walking to the train station, I realize that 6:00 in the morning is a strange time for the world.

At 6:00 in the morning, two groups of people who otherwise tend to avoid one-another are forced to share public space.  I am of course speaking of clean-cut individuals who wake up at 6:00 in the morning on a Sunday to get a jump on things, and the drunken revelers still going from Saturday night.  Walking through the station, I passed a small circle of nuns immediately followed by a lone man with the right side of his face caked in fresh dried blood from a wound near the temple.  He walked as if he didn't even know about it.  And so it continues.  Businessmen in suits on their way to do businessy things along with youths guzzling beer from half-liter cans, jovially chatting and slapping each other on the back.  Though, in fairness, you can see people walking down the street, beer in hand, at literally any second of any day, and not in any sort of low-class way, in most cases.  It's simply what's done here.

As I type this, at 7:26 in the morning, I share the car with a half dozen bustling football fans, all wearing Cologne team colors and gear; jerseys, scarves, hats.  All quaffing jumbo beers drawn from a sack full of them.  Whether the match was yesterday or will be today, I have no idea.
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