Monday, January 21, 2008
Hello from Kiev!
We made it! My flight from Houston was delayed over an hour and I was very concerned about making my conection in Frankfurt. I had 1 hour to make my connection from Frankfurt to Munich. If I missed that flight, then we would have missed our flight from Munich to Kiev. I felt like I was on the Amazing Race running through the Frankfurt airport with my 30 lb backpack. The flight crew made up the time in the air so we landed in Frankfurt about 10 minutes late. We got off the plane outside and got on a bus that seemed to drive all over the airport before finally stopping at terminal B. I was told to go through passport control, but I couldn't find it. The German people are very nice and so many people helped me along the way. I got through passport control then I had to go through another security check. Of course the security station was in terminal A and I was in terminal B. So the running began. I got through security and realized that the signs never said where my gate was (A-11). They had every other gate listed for A, B, and C terminals, but nothing for gates A1-A11. I asked someone at one of the other gates and he checked my ticket and said to go through (pointed across the terminal)those black doors and up the elevator then down the stairs and to the right. Get on a moving side walk then turn right and then another right and you'll see it. What?????? Then he said, "I'm not telling you to run, but I would walk VERY, VERY, fast because you only have 10 minutes." I ran like Forest Gump. I never stopped until I got to the gate. I basically got to the gate and walked on the plane and sat in my seat. The flight was only an hour to Munich so I had time to cool down. I met Tim in Munich, but by that time I was exhausted. He was rested because he spent the night in Munich. He stayed in a hotel that was on the aiport property. It was beautiful. The entire hotel was glass. It was sparkling, clear glass and Tim was walking back in to the hotel through the turnstyle front door and promptly walked in to the glass smashing his forehead and hand in the door. We've had a good laugh about that numerous times already :-)
Flying in to Kiev all we could see was what looked like flat lands covered in snow. The sun was starting to set as we were landing so we didn't get a clear view. We were met at the airport by our travel agent's rep. He got us through immigration and helped us get our bags. Once we got everything we were met by our facilitator. He is very nice and gave us history lesson about Ukraine and some information on what to expect along they way. He showed us our apartment and helped us get settled in then we walked around Independence Square, had some tea and coffee, exchanged some money, got a cell phone, and then we went back to the apartment. So far, so good. I slept from 9:00p last night until 11:00am this morning. Tim got up earlier because he was already on Europe time. We are one hour ahead of Munich time which is 8 hours ahead of Central Time.
Our appointment is tomorrow at 10:00am. June, we found the bakery and the small stand with pizza and what looks like pigs in a blanket. Thanks for the information. And yes, for all of those wondering, it is very cold, but not unbearable. We walked around today for a while and we were both comfortable and never got too cold.