Ich bin jetzt in Deutschland! Die Jugendherberge in Frankfurt war schön und ist direkt nebenan den Fluss.
The flight over was uneventful (and nowhere near as long as the one to Japan was), which is always good. Surprisingly, the lasagna they served for dinner wasn’t bad – I guess it helps some airline dinners to be more microwave-friendly than others. My mom gave me a cute quiet kit with a book and some stuff to do, reminding me of when I was little and a new book or toy was important positive reinforcement to get me through long flights.
We got in about 11am local time, but it took more than an hour for my backpack to emerge from baggage claim. :( I got checked into my youth hostel in the afternoon and went on a hunt for food. Unfortunately the day has been gray and rainy and on the chilly side, so I just wandered around looking at things, and only got a few rather cloudy pictures. I was kind of surprised at the number of police cars I saw and heard. After a while I encountered a protest.
A protest with groups of thirty or forty policemen each scattered around the edges. At least one group of which was carrying riot shields. When I final saw a protester’s sign that I understood (not knowing what they were protesting about), it called the EU and US and their allies criminals. Which, while it may have truth to it, made me kind of nervous and I decided to head back to the hostel and give my feet a break. Later I looked up the protest in the newspaper and it said it was about the financial crisis, and the sister protest in Berlin turned violent.
Half my bunk room was Japanese women who talked at high speed and made lots of noise until well past when I would have liked to go to sleep, and then the rest of the women in my bunk room showed up after midnight and had to be let in and get unpacked and everything – it was not a very restful night.
Sunday I fought sleepiness for most of the day and finally motivated myself to walk to the zoo while it was still sunny. The zoo was fairly normal, but the sunshine helped wake me up, and after a while took the U-Bahn to the old Opera. Evidently they’ll be doing the Rocky Horror Picture show…
From there I walked back towards the hostel by way of the Goethe Platz and took a tour of the house Goethe was born in. I really liked the tour, it was well done, and the house was quite nice and I understood most of what the guide said!
This morning I ended up missing my train due to going to the main station and then having to take the UBahn back around the city to the south station. It worked out okay in the end, and when I got there some of the German students were waiting for me. They’re very nice. I’m mostly unpacked and stuff. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take some photos of the apartment.