at the "Bug Show" in Hannover, Germany
On Saturday evening, April 29, my friend Jim and I departed LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to begin our "European Vacation." Almost 24 hours later we would reach our initial destination of Hannover, Germany. Our actual travel time, however, was only 15 hours (including a layover in London). The remaining 9 hours resulted from the jump from Los Angeles' time zone to Germany's time zone.
The journey itself was fairly comfortable - the longest leg of the trip was a 10 hour flight on American Airlines from Los Angeles to London. The second leg (London to Hannover) was a really quck one. After arriving at the Hannover airport around 8:00 p.m., Jim and I picked up our rental car, checked into our hotel room, and proceeded to head over to the bug show. No time for sleep...there were bugs to see! What am I talking about? Good question.
The bug show is an annual Volkswagen show in Hannover that specializes in the VW "Bug". The next question...why were we going to this show? Well, you see, my friend Jim restores old VW vehicles (apparently there are 3 types: Type 1, 2 & 3) and travels to Germany for business
First night in Hannover
Jim eating some bratwurst and bread with Lars and his son at the Expo the night before the "Bug Show"
several times a year. The bug show is on May 1 and in addition to 100s (maybe 1,000s) of VW bugs on display, there is an auto parts swap meet of sorts. This is the main draw for Jim. As for me, I'm just tagging along.
The game plan over these next 10 days is to attend two VW shows and explore Germany and Italy with the remaining free time. These updates will likely be sporadic since I don't anticipate having much internet time. However, I do want to give you at least a couple of updates...
At the moment, it is Monday afternoon. Jim and I met a couple of his auto part dealer friends last night while they were setting up. Today, May 1, is the actual show (takes place in the parking lot of the huge Expo in Hannover). Jim and I got up around 5:00 a.m. (sleep doesn't really seem to be part of the plan apparently) to get a jump on the show. I hung out at the show for about 3 hours, and then began the adventure of getting to Hannover city proper. That is currently where I am.
big and little...
seems to be fairly modern although I can't claim to have seen much. I took a train from the Expo center to get to the Promenade in Hauptbahnhof (center of the city?). I paid $2.50 for the train, although nobody ever collected the ticket I purchased at the automated ticket center. I couldn't tell you why. These German signs aren't the easiest to decipher. I'm winging it. I have to find my way back to the Expo center by 5:30 to meet up with Jim again. There's a pretty good chance I'll be able to do it. 😊
It's a holiday today so most of the shops are closed. The restaurants are open though (and that's a good thing!). There are the usual McDonalds, Burger Kings and Pizza Huts from America. But I'm looking for those restaurants whose names I can't pronounce in order to eat things I don't recognize. 😊 Actually, the fast food stuff is fairly easy to figure out. Most of the dishes appear to be variations of sandwiches and hot dogs. Lots of breads and meats. Some of the meats look scary but the bread is good, really good. Germany uses the Euro (exhange rate
isn't favorable for Americans). Still, a sandwich or hot dog can be purchased for $2 generally.
Thanks for reading...
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