Goodbye, Amsterdam! Hello, Frankfurt, Germany.
I hopped onto a train from party town to casual city life. By train, it took about four hours and half. This is my first time taking a train and I found this particular one clean, fairly on time, and friendly.
The first stop was the main river. Our tour guide and friend said that normally the river is not as crowded. Now that summer is here, Frankfurt has a festival every weekend. Not bad for a city that most people think is dull.
All throughout the bridge were these lovers locks. If wanted, you could get these locks engraved with you and your lovers name with today’s date. I thought it would be weird to have Sumo, Scruffy, and Saki’s names on a lock, so I opted out.
I finally had my first bratwurst. Oh my, it’s as if my eyes has finally opened. I’ve come to the realization that I’ve been eating crappy hot dogs. My first beer ( on the trip) is called a Shandy. It’s half light German beer and have lemonade. It’s great to have on a nice warm day. It didn’t taste like lemonade, but it did help reduce the sharp bitterness of the beer. If you don’t like beer, you might like the shandy.
Europeans has this bad reputation for being rude and unfriendly. Well, I’m glad to report that’s just a myth. These lovely ladies are celebrating a stag party. In America, we would call it a bachelorette party. The cool part of European stag party is that they make the bride sell things like shots, candies, and other varies food snack products. It’s a fun game to raise money (more like donations) and talk to people. You can give any amount of money, so I thought 2€ was appropriate for some candies. My friend, Em, is getting married soon. I’m going to make her do this.
The coolest thing I’ve seen thus far are these small plaque. Germany has been placing this plaques to all the places where Jews were living at before they were taken away during World War II. It shows their name, date of birth/death, and where they died. It was quite moving to see.
I will be staying in Frankfurt for another two days. Next stop, The Rhine.