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Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
Trip End Dec 13, 2012

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

 Arriving in Frankfurt was a little bit of a choatic scene for me.  Now arriving here I had nothing planned....I mean nothing!    The only general idal I had was that I had to get to Berlin.   I stepped outside the airport and realized that it was rainning....sideways.  Cold and windy, it was quite the change from the sunny Valencia, Greece and Turkey I had spent my last couple months.   I thought that I might be able to just spend the night in Frankfurt to see what the city was like then move on from there.  Little did I know, that there is two airport in Frankfurt and the one that I would be landing at would be an hour and a half out of the city.  I was prepared  sleep on the airport floor to be honest.  I went on to couchsurfing and posted a emergency couch request to see if maybe I could find someone.  I must have drank 5 cups of coffee waiting to hear a reply, but to no avail.  I actually got more responses from friends on facebook than I did with CS (thank you  Carol and Mathias).   I eventually broke down and just got a hotel room.  It was an added cost that I wasn't really in the mood to spend, but at the same time, I had been surfing couches for quite a while in the past few weeks that I just wanted a place of my own.  This way I could try to figure out my next plan of attack.  And...  I could also walk around in my underwear :)     After two days of planning, writting emails, calling friends in all corners of the globe via skype, and recharging, I rented a car and started to make my way towards Berlin.  I rented a car because the train was going to be ridiculously expensive, so I figured why not get some driving out of my system.  The car I rented was just a small Fiat 500.  I actually rather liked the tiny wheels, however as I soon found on my way, that it is defenitely not a car suited for the autobahn.   I had that little thing humming about as fast as its little heart could go.  I think I was lucky to hit just shy of 200 kms/h on a down hill with a strong tail wind.  While driving though, I was getting passed by BMW driviers that made me look like I was sitting still, and I was doing 140 at the time as well.  I could officially say that I had driven on the autobahn, something that I had always wanted to do since I had heard about it as a kid.    Some people went whipping past me as well because I think they were just pissed off to see a Fiat flying in the fast lane as I would catch back up to them farther ahead.  Again....they would blow past me. I think it was just a game to them.   I must say that I made some kick ass timing.  The only downside to flying so fast was that the gas was sucking back fast.  50 euro just to fill a car up that is smaller than a civic!  Time to slow down a bit I think.   I even tried to take the slow route going through all kinds of little villages, but I think I would still be driving off in the german country side if I had continued.  I just wanted to get off the beaten path.   Many of the little villages were looking the same, and since I didnt have too much time to stop in them...I came to the conclusion that getting back on the authobahn was probably the best solution.Before I actually made it to Berlin, there was a two day pit stop along the way.  More of that to come....
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