FIrst Stamp in my new passport!
Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
35Trip End Sep 07, 2009
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Having the train station attached to the airport made everything very convenient for me. I got my Eurail Pass validated, booked by overnight train to Rome and I was all set to go! Arriving at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main station) brought back some good and maybe not so good memories from following the World Cup in 2006. Ha ha ha! I had a few hours before my next train ride, so I thought I would head out and have a look at Frankfurt. I managed to miss the lockers (right by the main entrance to the train terminal) and had to lug my backpack around with me. Either I forgot or had the blinders on when I was here in 2006 but there are a lot of sex shops and strip bars within just a few steps of the train station. They even have a Sex Hotel! Ha ha ha, I just had to get a picture of that as proof.
Really not much to see just outside of the train station except a lot of Middle Eastern restaurants and even one Australian restaurant. So after seeing the giant Euro sign, I went back to the train station to have a bite to eat and waited for my 10:50 pm train.
I found the train, the car and the room that I was supposed to sleep in but of course the door was locked
The train conductor eventually came and unlocked our door for us. I got settled in and produced my ticket, reservation and passport to the conductor. The other guy in the room produced his ticket but no passport! The conductor asked once again for his passport. In his broken German, I managed to hear that he did not have a passport and that he was from Italy. This was quite odd, as he looked somewhat Middle Eastern! The conductor said that no passport is bad and mentioned something about the police.
Time to get some rest!