I arrived in Frankfurt at 6:30am, it was dark outside and snowing. The first snow I have ever been in, and it was very pretty, although not really coating the ground more dissolving by the time it got to the ground so that it was similar to rain. I walk the direction of the train arrows, which takes me to a big yellow bus which takes me to T1 and the train. The train was easy, except the ticket machine only accepts €10 notes, and the machines don’t accept my Australian debit card. I get €100 out of a nearby ATM and buy a sandwich to get the small change. The sandwich place has me impressed with €3.50 sandwiches with bulk delicious cheese, yum.
The train stops at Frankfurt Am Main, which is super close to the hostel I stay in, Five Elements Hostel. I drop my bag off at the hostel and go exploring. It is 9am now and Frankfurt is asleep still, it is Saturday after all. There are churches, a beautiful river and lots of shops (that don’t open until 10am). The tourists eventually come out to explore the city, and I keep getting asked for directions, maybe I look like a local. The whole day is a bit of a haze, after 20 hours of flying and not a lot of sleep. It feels like a dream, as parts of the city are basically out of a fairytale. In the afternoon I head to Alt Sachsenhausen, which comes alive after 9pm, I go earlier because I need to go to bed early. It is dead, but I can see all of the beer halls waiting for the guests to arrive. They look amazing.
Prices – all in €Euro: Hostel – 45 for two nights; Charger – 12.50; Breakfast (sandwich) – 3.50; Dinner (burger) – 8.00; Train – 4.50
The day I get to meet with my amazing friend from GV. Laser tag, lunch at Taj Indian, Bornheim for a stroll and the Christmas markets for dinner. A great day all in all. We both don’t want to go to a museum so luckily he has the great idea of playing laser tag. We get destroyed by a team of kids, they leave for the second round and we join 6 other Germans and split in to teams. Very fun and a great way to get warm.
We explore Bornheim after this, I previously heard it was a nice area for young people, it turns out to be pretty quiet on a Sunday afternoon. We both suck at directions, which ends up to my benefit, as I basically get a city tour trying to find parking. We go for a walk and find the cutest little pub, it reminds me of Disney movies. I never thought about the fact that many of the places in Disney actually existed. There are many “bio” shops (organic stores) and a lot of nice looking restaurants here, but it is probably best on a weekday when things are open. The buildings are worth going there for though, a stroll through the suburb shows many old houses that were lucky enough to escape being bombed in WW2.
Christmas markets are next, and is great to have a German speaker to tell me what is traditional, and what is vegetarian. We share a pretzel, and buy some mixed nuts because we both suck at choosing flavours. I had a mulled wine, which is delicious. It was not what I expect at all, as the one I tried in Australia didn’t even taste like wine. This one does, but with beautiful spicey flavours. It is served in a ceramic cup to keep the wine and my hands warm. Perfect day.