Back from Germany

I had a successful but whirlwindish trip to Germany. I spent Friday morning and early afternoon just hanging out in Heidelberg, walking around the city, taking a boatride, and having lunch. Then, of course, I had to begin my travel excursion. My plane was very late leaving Frankfurt for Paris due to weather at CDG. When we arrived it was about 20 deg colder than Heidelberg and I had 25 minutes for my connection. An Air Chance (France) agent met me at the stairwell. Yes, it was a walk off the plane on to the tarmac and into a bus kind of situation. So we’re standing out with the sideways rain, the roar of jet engines around us, and she’s yelling, “Tokyo? Hong Kong? Buenos Aires?” It was like a scene from a movie. She shuttled us to the confusing terminals (made complicated by the collapse of a wall a few years ago and the resulting repair work http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/28/europe/cdg.php ) and informed us that our flight was delayed by 30 minutes. Still, me and another guy ran to our gate, through immigration and security. We made it to confirm that the flight was delayed. And delayed. And delayed. Once we finally got going we were running about 2 hours late. Instead of arriving at 6:00 pm I would be arriving at 8:00 pm on Saturday. Narita is one hour from Tokyo by train. That meant that the train schedule had to be perfect for me to catch the last 新幹線 (shinkansen) to Nagoya at 10:00 pm. We landed at 7:51 pm and I was through immigration, baggage claim, and customs by 8:15 pm. HOW DO THEY DO IT?!? Amazing! There was one train to Tokyo that I could take at 8:45 pm to catch my train to Nagoya. I got home no problem and was quite glad to see my hotel room.

Sunday was a non-work work day since we had a community function that we sponsored. As a result, we were somewhat obligated to go. It was fine.