Flensburg, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen: Germany from North to South in one week

It’s been a busy week. We’ve been at both ends of the country, and I’ve been in the middle on a training trip, and all three destinations start with the letter ‘F.’ I don’t think that means anything, but it does seem a weird coincidence. Continue reading Flensburg, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen: Germany from North to South in one week

Notes from our Rbg-FRA-DFW-PVR marathon

We were scheduled to leave Regensburg on EuroNight 420 at 00:14. We actually left 40 minutes later than scheduled. Still arrived at Frankfurt/Main Hbf 35 minutes early. This was our first experience with EuroNight. We had Sitzwagen tickets — nice and cheap, but rather cramped in our compartment with 3 other travelers and all their stuff. Would it be possible to buy a few seats per person in order to stretch out? We saw other compartments with some passengers all sprawled out by themselves or sharing a 6er compartment. How’d they manage that? Maybe just lucky that all their fellow compartment passengers got off the train early? And if they wanted to lay down, why not buy Liegewagen tickets? I think we’ll do that next time.

The post-Fruit-of-the-Boom-era extra security screening at the ticket counter upon checking in was the same old questions, just no longer phrased as yes/no questions, with a few new questions, like “how long have you owned that piece of luggage you’re checking?” But they made us split up for separate questioning even though we told them we’re married because we didn’t share a last name (or presumably part of one, like in a hyphenation situation) and didn’t have our marriage certificate on us (should we schlep a copy of that with us everywhere we go again? We used to have to do that in the early phase of our move here for bureaucratic purposes), even though our one piece of baggage to be checked had both our names and common address on it.

For the FRA to DFW flight, we were sitting in a row marked “DC ELECTRONIC POWER OUTLET AVAILABLE UNDER SEAT.” Never used one of those before. Is there some kind of adapter I can buy to plug in my laptop? I didn’t get a close look at the receptable, but it looks like it would accept a round plug. What voltage is it?

Time to get on our flight to PVR pretty soon. Greetings from DFW (nice airport, Texans!).

Rödelheim / Eschborn

I’ve been on business trips to the Frankfurt area before, but this week was the first time I’ve stayed there over night since December 2003 (and back then, I was city-hopping from Regensburg to Würzburg to Babenhausen to Toulouse and back to Detroit).

It was kind of weird, being on the edge of the city, out in those fields, separating Eschborn from Rödelheim. I don’t know what kinds of crops these were — wheat? Some other kind of grass? Either way, it was nice to be able to walk from the hotel to the factory those two days for the training sessions I gave. I get the impression there was not very much else to walk around and do in that area, which is just as well, since the training sessions completely wore me out. That happens to me a lot on overnight business trips; I put in 10 or 12 hour days, always trying to catch up on stuff that would otherwise fill up my inbox…especially if I’m traveling alone.

Here are some pictures of the area:

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Zwei Tage im Frankfurter Raum

I’m spending the next two days in Frankfurt (am Main, natürlich, and more precisely Rödelheim and Eschborn) on a business trip, getting there sometime this evening via a carpool from Regensburg with a big long layover at a workshop in Pommersfelden.

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Anyone wanting to meet up, show/tell me where to eat, etc. please comment here with your email address and hopefully Sarah won’t mind relaying your info to me via my mobile phone (not sure what my connectivity to email — work or otherwise — is going to be). I’ve been there more than a few times before, but never overnight, which has always meant a big long day with early morning train travel, too much coffee to get me through the middle, and a drowsy, throbbing return trip the same evening.

I don’t expect anything particularly exciting about Rödelheim or Eschborn, but I would appreciate some general tips about the Frankfurt downtown area. I figure I ought to be able to S-Bahn it into the city and explore, if only those in the know could tell me which lines and stations to use.

I’m headed back Thursday afternoon on an ICE.