Jet lag can be brutal.
24.03.2010 65 °F
I have been internet challenged for the first few days after my arrival, but I am back in business.
After flying into Frankfurt on Monday night and a quick night's stay in an "older" hotel, it was time to drive with my new boss (Thomas) into the office for my first day at work. Thomas tells me that it is a 20 minute train ride into Bonn from Frankfurt, but he prefers the 1 hour drive each way. Wasn't sure why until we got into his 530 BMW and hopped on the Autobahn. While there were the occasional speed limit sign that were strictly enforced, outside of that we were free to make our way as fast as we thought necessary. So I can honestly say that I have never commuted to work at 130 mph (210 km/h). I don't think we dipped below 100 mph for much of the trip. Quite an experience. Can't wait to get behind the wheel myself. Yikes. Because of the strict laws around driving, people actually understand that the left lane of the highway is the fast lane. Makes a world of difference. We had to move out of the lane on several occasions because 110mph was too slow for traffic, we got passed once like we were standing still...had to be 150 mph or more.
Anyway...made it .to work safely and dove into my first day of work. Jet lag is a brutal force that cannot be ignored. I thought I could suck it up, but about 2pm I could have crawled under my desk and slept for the night. Mercifully, Thomas took me grocery shopping and to my apartment by 4pm. I slept like a rock for 10 hours. A thing of beauty. I think one more good night of sleep will get me close to caught up.
I have to start my travel plans for Easter. We have a 4 day weekend from work. I may try to take the train into Paris for a few days. I will need to get some guidance from my co-workers on the local sites as well. Hopefully, I will have more details in my next post. We have had beautiful spring weather so far, I hope it continues. Looks like Bonn is about a month behind Seattle this year for spring weather. So I suppose I will make the spring allergy season here as well.
Jet lag is striking again. I hope to have more exciting news to share next time.
Greetings from Germany!