April 23, 2004


Remember when Roger Simon went to Paris and met The Dissident Frogman, Merde in France, and Nelson Ascher? Man was I jealous. I wanted to make a blog trip too. I want to meet these people whose lives I follow every day, more closely than I follow any of my friends' lives.

So I bought a train ticket yesterday.

That scenario could lead me off in a whole different direction, by the way. I could talk about how I tried to put to use the German I've been studying and say Ich möchte am Samstag nach Frankfurt fahren bitte, and how the girl behind the counter gave me this exasperated look when my German wasn't as fast as she would've liked, and how finally I just gave up and let her do it all in English, and how I walked out of the train station fuming and wondering why I even bother to study German in the first place. But that's a diatribe for another day; we need to stay on track.

Last week I decided that I needed some support. When my friend remarked that my house is entirely too quiet and that she doesn't know how I can stand to be alone like this, I started to think that I'd like to spend some time with someone who knows exactly what I've been thinking since day one.

So the grokkingest girl on the planet is going to Frankfurt...to meet Tim.

We had planned to meet once CPT Patti returned, but after last week's extension and missions, I figured there was no time like the present to just make it happen. So I'm going tomorrow to meet my first fellow blogger.

I'm a little nervous, to be honest. First of all, I have no idea what Tim looks like! I referred him back to my sweater photo and told him to be on the lookout for me at the train station. He also promised me a big hug -- something I have not had in two months -- and I'm honestly afraid that I might break down weeping there in the Hauptbahnhof. But it might be the best thing for me.

The hardest part about making this trip is explaining to people around here where I'm going. Do you want to come over on Saturday? Actually, I'm going to Frankfurt. What are you doing there? Visiting a friend. Are you staying the night? No, just a day trip. That's eight hours on the train -- why not spend the night? Because it's probably not appropriate to get a hotel with someone else's husband and a man I've never met before. Wait, who are you going to visit?

Just joking on that last part; I haven't said that because I know how odd it sounds. I've circumvented the whole thing really, just saying that I'm going to visit a friend. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Blogging resumes on Sunday, starting with what Tim looks like...

Posted by Sarah at April 23, 2004 07:39 AM


Ask Tim if he'd like a real blog :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 23, 2004 07:41 AM

Your opening line led me to think you were going to France. :)

Your experience so far reminds me of my trip to Germany to meet a friend I had only known online. Neither of us had any scanned pictures handy, so we had to guess each other's identity at the train station.

I did manage to get the ticket using Dutch for most of the transaction - the counter person and I broke down and resorted to English briefly, then switched back.

I'd like to read your linguistic diatribe, but I do realize that's only a footnote compared to what awaits you. Looking forward to your report.


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Posted by: Amritas at April 23, 2004 09:01 AM

Language...everyone wants to speak English. I tried the same in Panama, and finally gave up. In Costa Rica, in a tiny town, I finally put my Spanish to use.

Have fun on the trip.

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Posted by: florian at April 23, 2004 01:28 PM

Funny...I'm heading to Germany to welcome my very lucky daughter from the 1/4 ADA, 1AD back to Germany...I thought about trying to look Tim up as well! He's kept me going this long last year, as have you. Hope your visit is wonderful! And please post a picture of this wonderful guy.
Keep on blogging, it keeps us going.

Posted by: beckie at April 23, 2004 08:35 PM


Link to it. You're the one with the military husband. ;)

Posted by: Taron W at April 25, 2004 02:18 AM

I remember the first time that the woman at the ticket counter answered me in German... It only took 6 months of buying monthly tickets, too!

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