Good news! The hotel has a computer I can use, it has a DSL connection and it accepts my USB memory card reader. So, I bring you: live reports from Essen, Germany! (I apologize if I mix my Y’s and Z’s, as the German keyboards are funny that way.)
My travelling companions Ismo and Raija came to pick me up earlier today, saving me from the effort of a bus journey. We left to Helsinki airport and boarded the plane to Düsseldorf. Flight was fast, slightly bumpy and quite pleasant. It’s always a pleasure to fly Finnair.
Finland has been unusually warm this year, but Germany is hot! It was 21 degrees when we came, practically summer. Bizarre weather, perhaps it signals the end of the times? Well, anyway, you know the Germans are known for being efficient? They sure are! Usually when I get out of a plane, I head towards a toilet before the luggage arrives. This time was no exception, but when I came out, the luggage was already arriving. Faster than ever! Those crazy but effective Germans!
We took the Skyrail to the Düsseldorf airport railway station, that was quite cool method of transit. At the railway station, we successfully operated a German-speaking ticket machine and got tickets to the train to Essen, which we successfully boarded few minutes later. Good timing! The tickets cost eight euros each, which feels a bit expensive… Well, about 35-40 minutes later we were at the Essen railway station.
From there we took a taxi to our hotel. I tell you, it’s perfect! The location is excellent, near the main entrance and off the high-traffic roads. Too bad it’s already booked for next year. Not that I’m coming next year, but anyway… I haven’t seen Reiner Knizia or Rick Thornquist yet; I don’t think I’d recognise Ward Batty, but still I’m quite sure I haven’t seen him either.
We went for a small walk, trying to find some food. We did; we found a store two minutes before it closed. Close call! I checked out Istra, Hotel Jung and Hotel Arosa, so I’ll know where I’m going tomorrow. I’m really excited about tomorrow! We’ll hit the fair right on, we’ll probably go for tickets around 9.30 or so. Way cool!
That’s all for today! No new games, no celebrities, but lots of good excitement about tomorrow.