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The landing and first impressions of Germany

First couple of days spent in Frankfurt.

rain 66 °F

So here it all begins finally, the long awaited trip of Europe. Two and a half months of traveling, without knowing proper languages, cultures, just randomness. Randomness - isn't that an exciting thing? Sometimes it's just wonderful to not know what's gonna come up next, you just jump right in and enjoy whatever is thrown at you.

I landed in Frankfurt early morning on Sunday June 3rd, made a not-very-exciting trip to my hostel with all the luggage only to find out that I can't check in till next 4 hours. So what I do is go out all dirty from the flight only to figure out that all of Germany is closed on Sunday and the rainy-gloomy weather didn't help either. I went back to the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) - the only place fully open in the city - eat at a Burger King (yes, my first meal in Germany was an American burger unfortunately) and get back after some exploration to check in. After resting for a bit, the weather got a little better and I decided to make a trip to Frankfurt downtown. Just walked around the Zeil, which is like a street mall where no cars are allowed and people just walk and shop. There are restaurants and bistros in the absolute middle of the street - typical Europe there.

Day 2 - I knew what I wanted to do. Got ready in the morning and took a train directly to Hauptwache (Downtown). Took a city tour, skyline tour, and an Altenstadt (Old city) walking tour. Very very very beautiful places to see. Sometimes I just sat near a couple of buildings and just looked at the great architecture. Some of the pictures came out to be great and they don't even fully reflect the charm of the city. After the city tours, I went for a dinner to a Pakistani/Indian restaurant (Lahore Curry Haus). It felt great to have Indian food even in Germany and to be able to speak Hindi. It felt homely in fact! Got back home after this, packed up for next day to head to Weimar. Oh lord, just 2 days in Germany and I've already seen a lot of new things. Looking forward to great next 2 months!

Posted by dhruval.shah 22:48 Archived in Germany Tagged frankfurt

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