Finally Here

Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
Trip End Mar 13, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Saturday, February 28, 2009

   What a long trip.  Claudia and I were supposed to arrive in Paderborn around 14.00 in the afternoon, but our flight (City-Hoppers as they are called in Germany) from Frankfurt was canceled due to mechanical difficulties with the plane.  So after our 10 hour flight we got to sit in the airport for seven more hours until 19.00 when the next flight to Paderborn took off.  We managed to find a quiet spot upstairs where there were enough seats together to use as a makeshift bed - Claudia fit on her two seats better than I fit on mine.  I couldn't seem to get my entire fat American ass to fit - too many Pappa's Burger hamburgers I guess - but sleep finally occurred.  I woke up with ridiculously dry contacts and a right leg that refused to cooperate.  Now the fat American has a limp to go along with the sexy and stylish double chin.  Great.
   We were given 20 Euros by Lufthansa for our troubles to buy some food, but they didn't tell us that it had to be used all at once.  So, about 45 minutes before we were going back in through security, we went to Starbucks.  We got some coffee and a hazelnut chocolate muffin (I will just abbreviate fat American from this point on with FA, so the muffin was for the FA), but it only used up about 10 Euros.  So we got two bottles of apple juice and a bottle of water.  However, we realized after we paid that we would have to drink ALL of the liquid - coffee, water, apple juice - prior to going through security.  Yikes!  So I hustled through security to get to a bathroom. . .
   Our plane was . . . you guessed it . . . late!  So we waited more.  We did finally get to Paderborn on a cold and rainy night around 21.00.  Long day, but tomorrow it is fun with family, a German barbecue and some real German beer!!
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