Bengaluru to Frankfurt

I was nervous, excited, tempted and getting butterflies in my stomach as the time to take off to germany was nearing. All the boarding processes were finished by 8:30 PM. I was roaming inside the airport to kill the time and calling closed ones to say goodbye for two months. And to show off I had to put facebook status that I am travelling to germany and I am very excited and bla bla. Then at 9:10 PM there was an announcement that boarding gate for my flight was open. So, finally I was going to board the flight alone for the 1st time. I entered the plane, searched my seat (window seat ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and got settled. At 10:10 PM, I watched outside my window to get a beautiful night view of bengaluru as the plane took off.

I had a connecting flight from Abu Dhabi at 2 AM (Indian time- 4:30 AM). The plane landed in Abu Dhabi at 12:40 AM (Indian time – 3:10 AM). I hurried through the transfers and finished the security check and waited at my gate to board my next flight. It was around 1:10 AM. Meanwhile, I connected to wifi and started checking my facebook notifications :P. Then a call was made to board the flight to Frankfurt. I got into the plane and again sat in my window seat. (I love window seat ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I was feeling very sleepy, when a girl came and sat next to me. I think she was German or french, I am not sure. She was accompanied by her male friend who sat in the next row where there will be three seats. After few minutes of settling, she requested me whether I can exchange seats with her friend so that they can sit together. I thought for half a min, giving away my fav window seat and sitting in the middle…hmm…then I thought, if i was in her place and if someone had done that for me I would be so thankful to them. Seeing me thinking, she added, โ€œOnly if you donโ€™t mindโ€. Then I said โ€œOk, no problemโ€. Her friend thanked me saying โ€œIts so nice of you, thank you very much.โ€. I went and sat next to an old couple, who, I can say for sure were Germans, and were smiling at me for exchanging the seats. I gave a smile back and sat in my boring seat. The plane took off at 2 AM and this time I couldnโ€™t get the beautiful view of Abu Dhabi. I watched some telugu movie (donโ€™t remember the name.) then I slept off. I landed into Deutschland at 7โ€™o clock in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

I was super excited to be in the country once I had dreamt of. I wanted to go outside airport as soon as possible and see how Germany looks in real after hearing from so many people. I connected to airport wifi, and msged my husband that I have reached. Once the immigration and baggage collection was done, I finally stepped out of the airport and stood there for a moment to feel the cold air. I was tired from the journey of almost 13hrs. There were some 4 to 5 taxis standing in a row in front of me, I went to the taxi which was straight in front of me. I went to the driver and showed him the address which my husband had sent in whatsapp. With the expression on his face I could make out that he was unsure of the place. He did not answer and went and opened the trunk of the car. I was unsure of the response whether it was yes or no. So I stood there for a min and again asked him โ€œAre you coming?โ€. He just nodded and I took my bag near to car and he helped me in putting the bag inside the trunk. I had heard that, in abroad even taxi drivers use high end cars. I was in a hurry so forgot to see in which high end car I am going to sit. The car was moving fast and smoothly as the roads were very nice and was feeling weird by seeing less traffic ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I was enjoying the ride by looking outside the window when I remembered that the driver was a bit confused about the address. So I asked him again, whether he knows the address exactly. He told me to show it once again. This time I showed him the letter from the hotel. Then he seemed to be okay. After about 15mins of riding, I saw my husband standing near a corner of the road, he seemed a bit tensed. I was delighted to see him after a month. I waved him through the window. Then the driver gave a halt in front of the hotel and my husband came running behind the car. I gave the taxi fare and said thank you to driver and got down. First thing I did after getting down the car was seeing in which car I came. ๐Ÿ˜› . It was Mercedes-Benz. ๐Ÿ˜€ . I felt royal after knowing that ๐Ÿ˜› . Then we headed towards hotel room.

I had expected the room to be like the ones which they showon TV or movies. Reality struck me when I entered the room. When the doors were opened, I entered directly into the kitchen and opposite to it was bathroom, and attached to the bathroom wall outside, there was a big mirror. As I passed by, I checked myself in the mirror, which is obviously human nature ๐Ÿ˜› . I was looking terrible. Then I entered inside the hall/bedroom/room (whatever you call it) which was quite big. There were around 3 big cupboards on the left side and double bed on the right side. Straight in front of me was a big window, almost equal to one side of wall, near to window there were 2 plastic chairs and 2 sofa type chairs and a round table. At the right corner of the room was a study/computer table which was quite big. A CRT TV was placed next to the study table. It was 9 AM, and I was so exhausted and desperately needed some sleep. Once I settled down and got familiar with the room, my husband left for office. I needed some sleep more than food. So, once he was gone, I took a warm shower and jumped onto bed and immediately went to deep sleep. I was woken up by hunger at 3 PM ๐Ÿ™‚ ย 

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Maggi – Mood spoiler

I had heard a lot about Germany/Europe from my friends, colleagues, relatives etc. I had in my mind that when I am around 40 yrs I will go on Europe tour but I never expected that I will go to Germany so soon. After a lot of struggling I got my visa to go to Germany. (yay!!). My flight was on Sunday, Apr 2nd, 2017 at 9:40pm. I had got a small list from my husband to carry few things for him, who was already in Germany. He had given very small list because the Ethihad Airways had a baggage limit of only 23kgs (too less ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ).

There was no weighing machine in our house. My brother enquired about it near our house at paper selling store. They said they have weighing machine and they will weigh for us. We had enquired about it on the day of leaving and the guy did not show up till 5pm. It was getting late for us, so me and my brother weighed it by lifting the bag with hand and approximately calculated that it won’t be more than 23kgs . I had just packed only the important things. My husband wanted me to bring lot of maggi packets, but as I was unaware of my bag weight I did not take any extra items along with me. We took a cab and arrived to airport at 6:30pm. There was a weighing machine outside the airport and we weighed my bag there. To our surprise, the weight of my bag was just 19kgs!! This made me very upset as I could have brought so many other things and esp maggi packets which was item no. 1 in my husband’s list. I was thinking why dint we enquire about the weighing machine 2 or 1 day before. I was regretting so much and I informed my husband about this and he also became upset, as this was the only chance for him to get what he wants from India. All my excitment to go to germany was gone. It was 6:40pm and my reporting time was 7:40pm. I was desparetly searching for some shops in or near by airport if we get maggi packets. If not anything from the list, atleast we can get maggi packets. Seeing me in tension, my brother asked shall I go and bring from any nearby store outside the airport area? It was impossible to go out, search shops and come back in one hour. We searched in google for nearby stores and the nearest shop was in sadahalli gate which was approx 7 KM from airport. But going in this evening traffic and coming back was highly impossible. As we were running out of time, hastily we took the decision and my brother booked a cab and left in hurry to sadahalli gate.

I was sitting there alone in tension worrying about whether my bro will reach on time or not. Then at around 7’o clock I got call from my brother. I was so happy that finally we made it and he is on his way back. But, he said that there is too much of traffic and his cab has not even crossed the airport area and it is not possible to reach and come back by 7: 40pm. He also told that it doesnt make any sense to come back to airport as it will simply cost cab charges and also it was one way, so to come back to airport by taking U- turn, it will be around 7:30pm. So we will get only 10mins to meet. So he decided to continue the same ride to home and that was the only sensible thing to do. So he said goodbye in phone itself and it was like literally of no use of him coming till airport as he couldnt spend even 5min properly with me.

Then there I was, standing alone in airport with nobody on my side to say me goodbye while I board flight alone for the first time. I was very sad and was cursing myself so much that why dint I weigh the bag before itself or why dint I just bring the things what I needed. That was a very foolish decision to let go my brother to get maggi packets. I was regretting so much for my stupidity. All my excitement to go to germany was gone. There is a saying which goes as “Whatever happens, happens for a good reason “. I dont know for what good reason did this incident happen but I will never forget this incident in my life. With a heavy heart I entered inside airport to check-in at 7: 40pm.

At last I want to say one thing : Take whatever and how much ever you want along with you while travelling by plane but make sure you have someone with you to give back few stuffs if it is exceeding the baggage limit or in simple words always weigh your bag before leaving to airport . ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it is a very basic thing which everybody knows but this is an example of what may happen if you dont weigh. ๐Ÿ˜›

P.S. – From here my solo journey to Germany began which i will update in my next blog.