Deutschland, wir kommen! Frankfurt comes alive..

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Jul 19, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

.....and stays alive all night long. Grazie, Italia.
After a relaxing last dinner in Iceland, we had to be up at 3:30 A.M to catch our 4:20 AM bus back to the airport in Keflavik. The wonderful staff at the youth hostel had breakfast ready for us at 3:50 AM. We owe them a big thanks for that. Since the sun never really seemed to set while we were in Iceland, we enjoyed beautiful sunshine on our way to the airport. Students
did a great job checking themselves in using the passports, and everyone printed out their own boarding pass and luggage tickets. We had a pleasant 3.5 hour flight to Frankfurt,and we even shared the plane with another Gapp group traveling to Goeppingen. Everyone agreed that Iceland was a great stop and the adults all talked about returning.
I asked the students what the learned or found interesting. Here are some responses.
Jade: The Nazis were partly responsible for Iceland's independence. ( to explain - Denmark was occupied with WWII, so the Icelanders were able to declare independence relatively unnoticed)
Joshua thought the fact that nine dollars were 1000 Krone was fascinating, and the smell of sulfur in the water was memorable.
Eric, the Viking fan, was fascinated by all things Iceland, and described it as "awesome". When most of us were too tired to pay attention, Eric was soaking up the information in the national museum of Iceland. He entertained his roomates with norse saga and myths.
Melissa: I thought it would be colder; it was warm!
Several students found the alphabet interesting and had fun trying to pronounce the words.
Emily: Seeing the land was great, the mountains were gorgeous.
Sarah: The Blue Lagoon was amazing.
Alex: the time at which the sun sets and the constant brightness were most memorable.
Sal: The blue on Iceland's flag represents the ocean, the white represents the glaciers, and the red represents the volcanos.
Thus ended our visit to the land that sits on two continental plates.

Next stop: Deutschland

We arrived at the Frankfurt Airport to a very balmy 27 degrees Celsius. Everyone immediately removed their jackets and changed into t-shirts. Some of the kids were disappointed that there passports were not checked or stamped, but since we travelled from one European country to another, passports were not checked. We got our luggage and were met by my sister, Kerstin, before beginning an arduous journey that took us to the other terminal and onto a crowded and very hot subway train to Konstablerwache. Kerstin thought we may be able to catch a street car from there, but we never found the stop. So, we had to navigate several kilometers through the city with our luggage. I promptly broke a wheel off my suite case and had to get a replacement, which was kindly delivered by my nephew, Lukas.
We made it to the youth hostel, which was nicely located on the bank of the Main river. No time to settle in, we dropped our bags and went exploring ... The Dom, Römer and Römerberg, Zeil, our first Italian ice cream, etc. etc.
After our exploration, we returned to the youth hostel for dinner, and then watched a very disappointing soccer semi final between Germany and Italy. Germany lost; the disappointment was great. The numerous Italians of Frankfurt partied and blew their horns all night. I think everyone now knows how Europeans feel about their soccer.
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