Left Chicago on time, 6:48 CST. Turns out I was in a totally & out flight, & the lady with the turban & the baby wanted to know if I could change seats with her - my aisle seat, more space & leg room, no built in TV, left side of the plane, for her aisle seat, built in TV, right side of the plane. I was the 5th person asked - and I switched, for purely practical reasons. TV in my seat. Not much difference in leg room. Comped goodies from the flight attendant for making their life (& the mom/baby's) easier. And I didn't even know about the comped snacks when I agreed to move.
Slept for about 4 hours - & woke up an hour out of Frankfurt. Just in time to beat the rush to the john. Good times.
All my bags showed up (yay!) & I cleared customs in record time. Went to Segafreddo for a doppio & waited for the 12:38 train where I would meet my host & travel to Gau Algesheim. Time passes slowly when one is trying not to go to sleep, when every ounce of ones body, soul, mind, & strength wants nothing more than to sleep. Anywhere. But I made it.
Linda G. met me on the train & we traveled for about 50 minutes to the G.A. stop - where Alex & the big puppy Jonathan picked us up in the car & drove to their house. And it is awesome!
Went for a short walk (1 hour) while Linda cooked a phenomenal chicken curry that had enough spice to clear my sinuses & then some. Very nice. Laid down for 30 minutes, talked to theBean on the phone, & now am trying to orient myself to my surroundings & to buttress my resolve to stay awake until at least 9 tonight. Only 3 1/2 more hours.
Firmed up my Frankfurt plans - I'll be with Levent & Ines. Another yay, another unknown falls by the wayside.