The Beginning of a Great Adventure



If you follow me on any social media, you will know that yesterday I left for my study abroad trip to France.

The days coming up to it were nerve-racking. After almost a year of planning, I am here.

Well not exactly.

I had to start in Frankfurt Germany first. It was the cheaper option when booking those long haul flights to Europe, and besides what can be better than 3 days in a city you have never been in before.

For those of you who do not travel much let me explain the situation better as to of why I am in Frankfurt.  Several months ago, when looking for flights, a very cheap one came up. It was a direct flight from Pittsburgh (my home), to Frankfurt Germany. It meant that I had to leave a week early, but by leaving a week early I saved over 700 dollars on flight costs.

I can now use that 700 dollars on traveling around different places in Europe before my time abroad starts. I choose to start in Frankfurt, and then journey to Prague for three more days.

I left Pittsburgh around 10 p.m. eastern time last night, using Condor Airlines. Condor flies seasonally out of Pittsburgh, three times a week to Frankfurt Germany. The flight was pretty packed, since the opportunity to have a direct flight too Europe is not always present in Pittsburgh.

The flight was delayed by an hour, the gate agent was rude, and the line to checkin was horrendous, however, as a seasoned traveler I  understand that things happen that are out of the control of others, so I will let this one slide.

Upon boarding, I was greeted by some nice flight attendants and a huge premium class seat. Both meals on board were good, and surprisingly so was the inflight entertainment.

Most of the people on the flight were quite grumpy, and grew even grumpier when we arrived, and many of them missed their flights. This was primarily because the airline stuck us on a shuttle from the tarmac to the terminal (great fun). I was ok because I did not have a connecting flight, and was in no hurry too get anywhere.

My first bit of culture shock hit me pretty much on the plane. I do not speak German. It has been quite hard for me because I don’t really understand most of what is being said, but  I am just going with the flow of things. The worse part was trying to tell my taxi driver where to go, but thankfully technology saved the day.

So today was my first day in Frankfurt. As we speak it is a little after 8 p.m. local time. I have eaten dinner and settled in my hotel comfortably. Today was nothing exciting, I was  truly exhausted from the flight and spent most of the day napping. I woke up just in time to go to an Irish pub for dinner (Let me tell you it was awful, but that is ok).

Right now, my hotel room that I paid extra money for the have air conditioning (they are having a heat wave it is like 90 degrees), has no AC because the the AC in my room is broken. I hope tomorrow it will be fixed, but if not I guess I will have to be more tough and maybe ask for some of my money back. After all, they did promise air-conditioning.

Even with the bad dinner, and no air-conditioning I am still happy to be here taking it all in. Here’s to hoping tomorrow is even better then today (even though I have no clue what I am doing).

Thank you for following along-Jared

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