A rushed week getting ready for the trip, I am finally started on my journey and it feels good. There’s something about travel that stimulates the mind and awakens the senses. I’m coming back to Europe after having been absent for awhile.
After eleven hours on the plane I have arrived at Frankfurt where I am waiting to take my connecting flight to Amsterdam. It’s a two hour wait and it’s really not that bad at all. Passing through immigration and getting to your gate already consumes a fair bit about of time. And if you forgot to take out your laptop when passing through the x-ray machines, you get a little added excitement. My netbook and I were taken along to a little operation room to the side of the x-rays by a large and impressionless man.
Everything works like clockwork here in Germany. There are few sounds, not many announcements on the speakers, all you hear are the sounds of people’s clothes as they brush along as their owners rush towards their destination. Frankfurt is a business hub and the airport is full of business people. This particular Monday morning it’s all black suits accompanied by black carry-ons. I start to be conscious of my height. Germans are tall. Everyone seems to be at least 1.80m high.
Walking pass pretzel stalls and sandwich shops that just really tempt your tastebuds, I find a little spot with which to cosy up and await my flight. I’m sitting at the gate for the flight to Krakow waiting for my flight to Amsterdam. Here, I’ve got a view of airplanes and supply trucks going along their business. I’ve got a little coffee machine (compliments of Luthansa) with which I enjoy watching because I don’t drink coffee, and a supply of fresh English newspapers. Hollande has won the French election against Sarkozy.
It’s really quite pleasant here. I people watch from afar. After 7.30am the crowds change. The tall silhouettes of black change for slightly more colourful clothes. Shades of grey, khakis and some splashes of colours. A red bag here and there. The scene becomes a bit more international. I suddenly start hearing Chinese. A group of Chinese people have formed the seats into a little circle besides me as they await their flight to Krakow. The old capital of Poland. It reminds me of my time there. The Chinese remind me that this is the new age. Business knows no boundaries. 20 years ago, seeing a black haired person in Poland was an oddity. Now it must be commonplace.
It’s almost boarding time for me now. In just an hour or so I shall be in Amsterdam!