Published: December 15th 2009December 15th 2009
We've survived the trip out. Step one accomplished.
Renee and I just stayed up all night on Sunday night, packing away. At 4am we woke the kids up and Jacquelyn drove us up to LAX. We arrived by 6am and so we were right on schedule, since our flight was set for a 8:10am departure.
We made it through check-in, security, and a quick burger king breakfast. Renee had time to chat with a nice pregnant woman on her way from Hawaii to somewhere in Texas. The plane was a little late, but we made it to Dallas, rode the Skyway Tram around a bit and made it to our flight to Frankfurt with about 10 minutes to spare. The flight to Frankfurt was on the brand new 777! Nice! We boarded at 2:30pm, flew for 9 hours, and arrived in Frankfurt at 7am the next day (who needs sleep anyway?) Carter, unfortunately got motion sickness (not unusual) and threw up some. I was asleep at the time, so I'm taking Renee's word for it! (Okay, it was pretty clear he did throw up, but no one really want's to know those details).
Once we landed we
grabbed all of our luggage (or so we thought) and headed out to look for the train station. We were following the signs around and were ready to abandon our luggage cart when we ran into an airport worker. He was collecting the luggage carts and I commented that we had another one to give him, when he asked where we were heading. We chatted for a bit (auf Deutsch) and I learned he was from Afghanistan, and then he kindly showed us a short cut to the train station!
While waiting for the train, which was about 25 minutes late, an older gentleman asked me for help. He and his wife were visiting their daughter who lives near Dortmund. They weren't quite sure which train to be on or which track, or which class. I showed them how to figure it all out and the guy literally grabbed my arm and said, "Thank goodness you speak English! I'm not letting go of you till we get on the train!". Ha, once I explained that all of the train conductors speak English, he relaxed (and let go of my arm).
Our train was an ICE (Inter-City Express), which
I just thought this looked cool!
are always, clean, fast and super nice. It was somewhere on the ride east that Renee and I were commenting on how easy it was traveling, even with all of our luggage, when we realized that we didn't actually have all of our luggage! Oops! We left our stroller at the Franfurt airport. Well, it was too late to go back, we'd have to try and pick it up later. The rest of the train ride from Frankfurt to Nuernberg was easy, except for the part where Renee and I fell asleep and when we woke up we weren't sure if we missed our stop! All was okay, though. At Nuernberg we switched to a regional train and arrived in Erlangen about 20 minutes later. Timmo and her friend Judith were there to pick us up and cart us to Timmo's house! Ahhh,... safe and sound at Timmo's. After an excellent pizza lunch, we all fell asleep for a nap; boy was it hard to get up!
So, it's Tuesday night (it became dark at like 4:30pm!) and now we're trying to rally to hit the Christmas Market (Christ Kindl Markt) in Erlangen. We're really just trying to stay
Somebody's dog is about to go for a ride!
awake till later so we can try to get to local time. Carter is doing well, but Camille is so tired, everything makes her cry, poor little one. Once she gets enough sleep she'll be better.
Bye for now, greetings from Deutschland!! Tschuss!
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