At the Greek city of Patras, 16th January, 1AM, I met 23 students from other schools in Western Greece. Most of them were total strangers (I knew just two of them from before). Yet, during the 2-hour bus ride to the airport (ie the Greek capital of Athens), we got to know each other better and forge the first friendships.
At that time, I tried to break my streak of 22 hours awake. For the first time ever, I drank a second coffee (at the airport, first one was back at home). Then came the flight, in which I had a third coffee while most of the others fell asleep. The caffeine overdose… it felt both great and awful at the same time. We had breakfast on the aircraft, until we finally arrived at Frankfurt (Germany).
That airport was huge! Apparently, Frankfurt’s airport is the second biggest in Europe, just before London’s Heathrow. It also has the most creative name ever:
We had a small tour of the city. The only picworthy thing is this:
Heading straight for Heidelberg, the town that despite being relatively small, includes the oldest university, oldest hotel and biggest pedestrial road… at least according to what our guide said. As long as he did not try to make us get attention, this all is true. Whatever, it was now lunch time.
We went looking for a hot-dog stand (because it’s Germany, we need sausages!), no luck.
We’ve got something better though… a bakery which had two cool offers: 3 Pretzel for an abnormally low price and 4 donuts for 2 euros. We decided with a friend to take both and split them up. So, I had a Pretzel and a half, plus two donuts! I am that amazed because they were jam-filled ones (one apricot, one blackberry). You just don’t find these things in Greece!I liked Heidelberg a lot, because that is the place where we started to bond with each other.
We had another walk around, then off to Baden-Baden, which was a bath town… we did not see, because it was raining like crazy :((:((:(( Bus ride straight to
Anistar City, Kalos
Strasbourg (France), where we checked in the hotel. I could not manage to avoid sleeping that time, so my streak was 25 hours. I met my two roommates, I am glad they were so great people! The hotel had some “issues” with Wi-Fi, but it was allright. For dinner, we visited a restaurant back in Germany. It was a cool place. So, the first day went Greece -> Germany -> France -> Germany -> France. Too many borders to cross for a day…