Too Early For Oktoberfest !

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Guten Morgen!  Well it was a typical long overseas flight where we cover too many kilometers, fast forward over too many time zones and acquire too little sleep!  Despite the sleep deprivation, we're excited because we find ourselves in a new continent, new country, new city and two-thirds of the way to our final destination - Barcelona, Spain.

As we flew into Frankfurt, we could see the roads and highways were already quite busy with traffic.  The Frankfurt Airport looked huge!  I mean, it looked like a small city in itself!  Lot's of cranes (lost count after twelve) and construction happening at the airport.  

Upon landing, I had a sudden urge to find an Oktoberfest Party!  I was reminded by Elsie that it was still September!  Oh yeah!   Unfortunately, our stay in Frankfurt only gave us enough time to leave our arrival gate and transit through the airport, stand in a "Non-European" Customs and Immigration line which took like forever because only one Customs officer was staffed to serve about two hundred people.  On the other hand, the European line had two Customs staff and nobody waiting in line.  Wundervoll!  Occasionally, some European would come and stand in our line, for some odd reason!  We would allow this for a few minutes until they were kicked out and told to  stand in their own line, for which there was no wait!  Go figure!  In the end, I don't know if they were mocking us or we were mocking them but it just didn't matter!  ha! ha!  Eventually, the German Customs staff opened up all lines to Non-Europeans and we were through within minutes!

Some day, Elsie and I hope to return to Frankfurt and visit this fine city and country!  Perhaps to enjoy a bottle of German beer or glass of Riesling wine or a cruise down the Rhine or a drive on the autobahn!   For now, it's just a short flight over the Alps to Barcelona!  We're almost there!  Bis Spater!!

Beifall!  Rick & Elsie!

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