Thursday, December 16, 2004

frankfurt airport

when you fall asleep in an airport in a foreign country and wake to find that the rest of your party has split to buy a coffee it can be a bit unnerving. normally when i wake into a state of airport layover semi-lucidity to the sound of german voices, i'm fine. when you aren't quite sure where you are and muffled german over a poorly EQed PA is your only clue, you can freak out. so be warned and don't take things out on the aforementioned coffee drinker. she didn't think i'd wake up.

so back to the frankfurt airport... i knew that having a four hour layover in germany would not be the most rewarding time on this trip so i thought that i'd at least step out onto one of the outdoor smoking lounges to breathe some 'german' air. to my surprise (and innediate recollection) the entire inside of the airport is the smoking lounge. how i have missed europe and the ashtray that is every public facility. it's amazing to think that the usa would be more progressive in an area than europe. we're such prudes that you'd figure we were behind in everything, yet not second-hand smoke. i can handle the smoking in restaurants and clubs, but the 24/7 nature of the airport puts things over the top. thanks for the memories germany.


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