Homeward Bound

Trip Start Aug 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 24, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Monday, September 24, 2012

As I write this I'm on our flight back home to Vancouver. It's been an amazing five weeks and I'm finding it hard to imagine that tonight I'll be asleep in my own bed.

Today was our bonus day. While we flew out of Frankfurt at 9PM, we still had a full day to squeeze in a few last sights. After checking out of the hotel this morning, and dealing with a few train fiascos (machines wouldn't take our money, missed a train, next train was late), we arrived in Frankfurt am Main. We left our luggage in the train station lockers and set out to do a quick tour of the city. After WWII Frankfurt decided to start from scratch instead of rebuild its old structures (only a few were rebuilt). As such, it's totally modern with soaring skyscrapers; it had the nickname "Mainhatten". The banking capital of Germany, it's diverse and bustling.

We followed one last self-guided walk through the city. It took us through great pedestrian shopping areas, a park in the middle of the banking district, to the cathedral and to a market that reminded us of Granville Island Market. A highlight was ascending the Main Tower skyscraper - 55 stories to a fantastic view of the city. Another enjoyable part was the small old town called "Romerberg". It was an interesting contrast to the complete modern city right outside the old square. While we didn't do much in Frankfurt (given the time constraints and the fact that all the museums are closed on Mondays), it was still nice to see such a different German city from all the small, traditional towns. Then it was a short subway ride to the Frankfurt Airport to catch our flight.

I really can't believe that we're almost home. It truly does just feel like yesterday that I was writing my first blog post while waiting to catch our flight out from Vancouver. To be honest, I'm not ready to come back. I absolutely loved traveling and seeing so many new places; it was just one discovery after another. I could keep going for at least a few more weeks! Thinking back on our trip, I'm so grateful and amazed at all that we've seen and experienced. And I'm so very lucky to have done it all with my incredible husband by my side. This trip wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable without him.

There are so many takeaways from this trip, but overall it's confirmed what I've always felt about traveling: There's so much out there beyond our own little bubble. Instead of satisfying my desire to travel, it has only fueled it even more. I'd encourage anyone and everyone to move outside of your comfort zone and visit a place they've only dreamed of seeing. Life is simply too short to experience that which is only within our immediate reach. I'll cherish these memories for a lifetime and I absolutely can't wait to make some more on our next trip.

P.S. - I found it interesting to keep track of our various modes of transport throughout our trip. We certainly covered a lot of ground! For the record, we took 2 cable cars, 2 taxis, 3 planes, 9 boats, 15 metros/subways, 20 busses, and 44 trains! For the most part, the transport system in Europe was fantastic...except the trains in Germany...we missed two trains and almost missed a third because they were delayed! Surprisingly, the Italians were quite punctual ;)
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