Right now I am sitting at the reception area of my hotel typing up this post. I am finally in Kornwestheim, Germany and glad for it. All is good so far so I am pleased. Here is how my departure from Canada into Germany all went down.
Boarded the plane yesterday evening after a tearful goodbye to my dad and sister. Went through customs really quickly and sat down for a bit. Luftansa has the BEST planes ever! Honestly, the aircraft was so pretty, laid out nicely and the seating nice and spacious. The food was top notch and the service, outstanding! Forget Air Canada, Luftansa is my new preferred carrier of choice.
After watching 1 movie, sleeping a bit, eating and looking out the window, we arrived nice and safe. We had a bit of turbulance right over France but it was no big deal. After getting off the plane, I headed in the wrong direction and almost went to Austra! I was all confused looking for the baggage area. I told you, I am horrible with directions. In any case, after getting my luggage (where the push cart is free, unlike Toronto) I headed to the Airterminal section for my train. I honestly couldn't do another plane ride. The company paid for whatever mode I wanted but I knew personally, after being on a plane for 7.5hours, I would need to be on land.
The beginning of the train ride was a bit of an adventure. After going to the right place, I was told I in the wrong place, so I trudged to another location and then back to my original correct position. I waited for about 5 minutes and then my train arrived. Very efficient system I must say. Very on time. The stupid conductor was kinda rude though. As I was struggling with my 2 heavy ass suitcases, my laptop bag, and a backpack, he basically shoved my ass on the train. I was so pissed. He kept saying, "schtein, schtein" or something like that. By the time I got on the train, I was sweating and grumpy.
The ICE train ride was about 45 minutes long so I got to destress by looking at the beautiful views out the window (pictures to come soon). High speed trains are a wonderful, stress free way to travel. I love it so far!
Departing the train was better. These 2 lovely German men took my suitcases for me and helped me off the train. I was truly shocked and happy about this because so far, my impression of German men was not looking too good. The ones I encountered seemed really rude or they stared a lot! Like, a lot. Kinda scary but they had no real malice in their eyes. Still, that kind of attention is scary.
Meeting Jenny from work was a real joy. She greeted me with a huge smile which I was so grateful for. She had the company logo up so I could spot her right away. She knew what I looked like from a picture I sent her. We have also been talking back and forth for a few days via email while I was at home so it was a comfortable car ride into Kornwestheim from the Stuttgarten Man station.
After checking in and having something to drink Jenny left me to get settled and rest. I immediately tried to call my family but no luck for some reason so I emailed them. At this point I was hungry so I took a walk around the neighborhood for some food. Very quaint is the word I would use to describe this city. Small, cute and very European. I am excited to explore some more of it.
After finding a bakery, I bought a bun, a cookie and water (with gas!!) and ate in my room. After getting all of 2 hours sleep, I got up to unpack. Right now my room is organized and ready, my suitcases are empty, my weekend back pack is ready for Spain and I am all dolled up for a night out of real Swabian food and dancing with a few of my collegues. I am very excited.
I will hopefully have some nice pictures and stories for everyone tomorrow.