All the Way to Cologne

November 6, 2017

6.02 a.m

I woke up a few times during the night. I guess my body is in the jet-lat mode even though my mind works totally fine. My back is so stiff due to the long hours sitting on the planes…How many planes had I already taken only to come to Cologne? The whole flight was a disaster, honestly speaking. I boarded twice at Osaka International Airport due to the engine problem and then finally when it can take off, an announcement came with: “we were missing four passengers so we had to wait for them.” It took more than two hours to depart. Don’t think this is the end! Because of the delay, I could not make my next flight from Hong Kong to Frankfurt on time, so Cathay Pacific gave me a voucher to rest in a Park Lane Hotel, which can only be reached by taking a taxi. Before that, I waited for more than 30 mins at the Baggage Claim just to get my luggage back. So when I walked out of Hong Kong International Airport it was already one-thirty in the morning. Okay. Arrived at the fancy hotel at 2 a.m and went to bed straightly after brushing my teeth and setting my alarm at 6:15 a.m in the morning. So in total, I had only slept about 3 hours. Scared that I might be late for the check-in, I took a taxi at 6:50 a.m and arrived at the airport at 7:20 a.m. The taxi driver drove up to 140 km/h just only because I said I want to reach the airport by 7:30 a.m. Maybe you think it’s dangerous to drive that fast but I haven’t been able to feel that speed for a long time. In Japan, all transportations go so slow except the bullet train. But on the bullet train, you can never feel the “speed” so it’s quite boring. All the car on the road and highway only are allowed to drive up to 100 km/h or less, which leads to an assumption in my mind: they don’t need such fast and good cars in Japan. It’s only a waste. Why make it if you know that you will not able to use it? Anyways, let’s gets back to my trip. So when I finally reached the counter and gave my passport to the lady, she told me to come back at 8 a.m. I asked, “why” and she said, “we put you as stand-by, if there’s seat then you can take it.” I was so frustrated knowing that I might not be able to take the flight, means that I will have to stay here and wait for more! Oh no!!!!!!!! I sit on the floor close to the counter and started crying while pondering: how can they just send me to there and here and now telling me that I have no flight to take? Who am I suppose to talk in this situation? I felt helpless…Luckily, I got a seat. But the flight is going to Stockholm. Then from there, I have to take another flight to Frankfurt. Eventually, I arrived at Frankfurt Airport at 4:30 p.m. If all this did not happen, I would have arrived at 6:10 a.m on the same day. Amazing trip, right? So because of the delay, I could not use the ICE train ticket (from Frankfurt to Cologne Hbf) that I bought in advance. Cathay Pacific said they will take responsibility and took down my email address but I haven’t received any email from them. Anyways, I exchanged some cash and got a ticket for 71 euro. Economy class, of course. But then because of the peak time, I had no place to sit. So I out my luggage somewhere close to me and sit on the floor close to the man’s toilet and continued to read Environmental Humanities. I have to admit that this book is really fascinating and I learn a lot from reading it. I will have to write those points down by my hands in order to process the knowledge and then I will write it on my laptop as an output of my learning. Later 🙂

It was about 8 p.m that I finally arrived at Cologne main station. Then changed for a local train to Enfield station and walked from there to my Airbnb apartment. I found the area but couldn’t find which apartment that I was supposed to get in. Luckily that I know the password of the wifi of the apartment so I tried to search for it and logged into it and texted my host. He came to me and passed me the key after a few minutes. So, FINALLY, I am here, in my temporary apartment in Cologne!

Now I will get ready and walk to Cologne University. I have to be there at 8:15 a.m to meet a lady and sign a contract for my short-term internship at 8:30 a.m. What will happen next? I have no idea but I will still be open to receive whatever that comes to me.

Oh, by the way, I am sitting on the bathroom floor with the toilet right next to me and writing this. Toilet floor again? Well, the wifi only works like this so….I wish you have a fine day, a much better day than mine!



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