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Published: February 28th 2012
Heading for Customs and Immigration
The Germans have always been more clever than us Yanks. Instead of isolating incoming international passengers like we do here, the Germans direct incoming foreigners past a variety of shops and other moneymaking enterprises. For those dieing to light up ASAP after the 8 hour flight accross the Atlantic, they set up this area where one can get a couple of puffs in before facing the Immigration Man. Cassie and Jess might go no farther than here if they had the choice.
Even though that flight over snow-draped fields had us thinking we might be arriving into a Winter Wonderland the airport complex itself seemed totally devoid of snow. In fact, after going into the Munich air terminal we were beginning to sweat. We had been reading about severe cold plaguing Eastern Europe for the past few weeks and had come prepared with heavy woolen socks, long undies and heavy sweaters. Two days before we flew in Munich had been hit by a big snowstorm and parts of the Alps had received close to twenty inchs of snow. We soon found out that the storm had been the start of an equally severe warming trend. For the duration of our visit temperatures were unseasonably mild and even warm. Much of the time we didn't need coats and I never wore my gloves even once.
We had hired Rolf, an ex-BMW employee, to pick us up at the airport and drive us into BMW Welt in Munich where our new car awaited. He was to meet us just outside the customs and immigration area. We were off the plane quickly and found our way to the immigration area easily, but long long lines
BMW Is Everywhere
Now that I feel like we're in the club, I am seeing BMW ads and products everywhere. They seem to own the town of Munich and the airport in particular.
seemed to hold us up forever. From there we went to the baggage claim and as expected, we went to the wrong carousel. We were probably the last people from our flight to collect our bags. Then we needed rest rooms. Then we needed the ATM. By the time we reached the Arrival Hall and found Rolf, we were close to a half hour late.
The rest of the day can best be narrated through our many, many photos.
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