We made it to Deutschland with nary a hitch. Our travels thus far have been really quite smooth. I do need to file a report here on Air India. I know some of you are curious.
We decided to go with Air India because it is considerably cheaper than flying with Lufthansa or something else. AI is a major airline. They stop in Frankfurt on the way to India, so many Germans fly it.
I was a little apprehensive about it. I was most concerned about it just being uncomfortable. I envisioned us being packed in like curried sardines. In other words, I expected it to be tight and a bit smelly. Thankfully, it wasn’t that crowded. There were a lot of open seats. We even had an extra one to ourselves.
The smell? It did smell a bit like curry, and there was the occasional not-so-fresh passenger, but it wasn’t all that bad really. They served us traditional curry dishes for dinner. Dan and I happen to be very fond of good Indian food. It’s nothing new for me. But, since it was airplane food and they are limited with consistency and such, it was more like a curry mash rather than the more common creamy texture. Dan had the lamb, which he said was quite tender. I hate lamb. I think it tastes like musky fur. So, I went veggie.
The food was fine, we had some space—this is all good. There was a screen in front of every seat, but they didn’t seem to work right and there was no in-flight movie. No biggie. We had our own entertainment.
So, overall, I have to say that Air India was good for the price. But, one thing happened that disgusted us greatly. The last time Dan had to use the bathroom, there was a line of little old Indian ladies. Well, one of them went in to use the bathroom within Dan’s sight. She began to lift her Sari…..with the door open!! Dan freaked and pulled the curtain. Also, Dan figured that these ladies were the ones leaving their goods behind. They weren’t flushing the toilet. I did not see this myself. And, no offense to the lady, but she kind of looked like a 200-year-old goblin, which made things considerably worse for Dan.
Not THE Indian women. Some random ones.
I was fully appalled by his tale of public toilet woe. We aren’t sure if this is just custom for them or what. God bless their sweet, old souls but sheesh. Air India should make it a policy that using the bathroom with the door wide open is NOT policy. Dan will likely send an email to Air India. Yeah, we’re those kind of people—the one’s that send emails to complain about stuff. But, it’s always things that should be fixed. We figure this is one of the few ways we can help change the world a little.
Beyond the Frankfurt airport, we caught a train into Freiburg and Gundelfingen. There is a train that runs just about two blocks from our place. Our landlord was waiting at the station to take our luggage to the apartment.
Our first full day was today–Wednesday. We went all over Freiburg. Well, it felt like we did. We visited the university where Dan will work. It’s called Albert Ludwig University and is very prestigious. I will take a class or two there and there may be a teaching opportunity for me. More on that later, as well.
I have lots of pics to post. Oh, and we do have internet at home now. One of our neighbors, the house master, is letting us borrow his wireless while we wait for ours. We could not be surrounded by nicer people.
But, we still miss the nice folks at home.
Much love to all,