Saturday, October 20, 2007

Yay, Germany!

After 10 days in the U.K., I've made it back to Germany. I've got at least a couple posts about the trip and other stuff to be blogged soon. Unfortunately, even though I had a lot of fun on the trip, England appears to be full of sick people and now I have a cold.

On Thursday evening, I was pretty much running on fumes when I arrived at the Manchester airport for the flight back to Bonn. And the airport was a real hassle with finding the right terminal, disorganized waiting lines to check-in (and in the U.K., the home of the queue!), very restrictive carry-on baggage rules, and not a lot of food options. And I was worried about catching one of the last buses from the Cologne airport to Bonn, but, I forgot, it's Germany (and not the U.K., nor the U.S.). The plane landed in Germany at 11:01pm. After a shuttle ride from the plane to the terminal, passport control, baggage claim, customs, the walk down to the end of the terminal, and a quick run when I saw the line of people getting on the bus, I was on a bus and out of the airport by 11:22pm. I was surfing the web in my apartment a little over a hour after landing. God bless Germany.

Anyway, stay tuned for a long-delayed post on Amsterdam, pictures from Cambridge, a story or two on Manchester, and maybe some musings on the mysteries of passport control (the woman at the London Stansted airport was seriously considering denying me entry). Also, I'm going to be in the U.S. from Nov. 10 to the new year. Make a case for why I should visit you while I'm Stateside in the comments.

9 comments:

Tim said...

DC has a baby panda at the National Zoo. You cannot resist the cuteness. Also, depending on when you come, we will have a cute baby too.

Eugene said...

Ninja Restaurant in NYC.

(And Woo Tim! Congrats!!!)

Jackie said...

Baby panda ... ninjas ... baby panda ... ninjas ... I think I just came up with the best anime concept ever. And won't you be on the road the whole time, Eugene?

Eugene said...

A lot of it, but I will be in NYC from 7 Dec to 30 Dec.

And Mmmm baby ninja pandas...

Puckett said...

Moooooose!

Not that Anchorage is exactly "stateside," though.

Douglas said...

Well, I'd suggest you come visit me, but we both swore we'd never go back to NJ...

oh, and can anybody say panda- bus?

Jackie said...

Ah, panda-bus, more powerful than the better known Catbus, but much, much slower. (Did you know there's a car called the Fiat Panda? I was astounded when I found out, especially when I realized that they weren't joking. Were the names "sloth" and "kaput" already taken?)

And gainful employment is a valid reason to go to NJ. Just don't enjoy yourself too much; that's how they suck you in. And then you'll be one of them.

Anonymous said...

You should come visit me stateside, because I will bake you cookies... or a cake.... and I'll even make it vegan if you want.

Also, have you been watching _Heroes_, since Kristen Bell is on the show now?

DY

Jackie said...

DY - Actually, I have been watching Heroes. I even caught up on the first season (pretty good, fun, exciting). But the new episodes -- including the one episode so far with Kristin Bell in it -- are terrible, boring, and a total waste of time.

And, unfortunately, I won't even be able to catch you in Chicago: I'll be in California for Christmas.