On to the next stop in my European abenteuer (adventure in German)! On June 19 Karoline and I left Oslo on a stressful journey to Frankfurt, Germany to meet the rest of the Albany gang. It was stressful because we made the mistake of buying the cheapest airline ticket possible, which was an Airbaltic flight with a connection in Riga, Latvia. Since you get what you pay for, what happened to us was that after buying the tickets we realized the airline sold us the connecting flight with a 25 minute layover and only when you print the tickets they warn you that if you're not at the gate at least 25 minutes before the departure you will not be permitted in. Worried about not making it in time we talked to a customer service agent at the airport before getting in on our first flight and she basically told us we were stupid for buying the tickets, maybe we were, but how could they sell it if it contradicts their policy in the first place? We then asked for our seats to be changed closer to the exit to be the firsts leaving the airplane, but at the end we still had to wait for everyone to get off in order to take a bus, yeah a BUS to the terminal, so we could run to our gate and take another BUS to the airplane. As Karoline was saying during all of this "Things always workout for good girls", so I found out I'm a "good girl" after all because things did workout and we made it to Frankfurt.
When we arrived at the hotel the whole gang booked together, Natasha from Russia was already there and what an amazing feeling it was to see her again! While the others arrived we went out to eat and brought back a few beers, which I was so happy to find cheap since in Puerto Rico we are not used to having cheap German beers. The rest of the group arrived and we basically had a party in the hotel room until 3:00 a.m. So the next morning we were finally ready to explore Frankfurt all together and find a place to eat. This part was a little difficult due to Nazi and Anti Nazi protests that were going on simultaneously throughout the city center, resulting in blocked streets as you can see in one of the pictures below. We finally reached Roemer Square, a very beautiful and pretty touristy place to eat, but hey we WERE tourists, even the Germans with us. Part of the adventure of traveling for me is to try new foods, so I ordered something called Hand Made Cheese with Music because I was curious what they meant with "music". Well I had to find out the hard way, it was not tasty, so I suggest if you are ever curious in Germany like I was don't try that dish. To be even more helpful, there's a picture of the dish so you immediately recognize it and avoid it. After this, we walked throughout almost the whole city center and got lost trying to find the Main Tower, which has a panoramic viewing terrace for tourists, but ended up being closed due to the protests when we found it. Then we had some snacks and beers at the Sky Garden, which is a rooftop restaurant at an amazing mall we had near our hotel. After getting provisions and enjoying burgers at a different restaurant we went back to party again at the hotel.
On the third day we went for brunch at the Sky Garden and said our goodbyes. I stayed with Beni from Italy exploring Frankfurt for a little longer and this time we were able to go up on the Main Tower, as you can see in the picture above. The view was breathtaking and I was so glad to share it with Beni, this made me feel like we were Albany students again seeing the view from the Empire State Building for the first time. Soon after, we were heading back to the train station and had to say goodbye, but at least for a little while since we were going to see each other again while I stayed in Italy. Before getting there though, I had a few more cities to visit, the next one being Berlin, which you'll read all about in the next Europe Diaries post! So if you want to stay up to date you can follow me on Bloglovin', Facebook, and even sign up for the mailing list.