Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lost in Munich

Yesterday, I wrote something which, with the benefit of hindsight, seemed to foretell what to happen.

"In any case the soft beauty of Krakow as I approached it from the suburbs enthralled my heart. I even wished that something would happen to make a prolonged stay necessary. I would then well be in exile in Krakow, with a novel and strange pleasure in my heart. I would try to learn the unfamiliar language as a expatriate..."

Due to the activities of a volcano in Iceland, many European flights were cancelled, including mine from Krakow to Munich, from where I was planning to take a Tokyo flight. The moment I learned of the cancellation, a hectic effort to reach Munich or to find alternative routes back home started, as I had an important Sunday public dialogue planned between me and Professor Toshihide Masukawa, the much beloved and respected Nobel laureate of Physics.

I sped through the Polish, Czech, and then German soil on a series of cab rides. However, at the end of the day, I was stuck in Munich.

Now the situation looks very uncertain. I am lost in translation, and have no definite prospect of going home.

At the moment I need to check out of my airport hotel. I have literally no idea what I would do next. All I know is that I would go to the airport counter and discuss the situation with Lufthansa people.

4 comments:

Yuzu said...

Dear:Mr.Mogi
The decision on your way must be correct.
The airport is always in much more information than any hotel. I admire you have so much staying power and clear-eyed deep. Of course, I'm sorry that you are on way hardly. However you are also in marvelous way for you, I think. Please take care well.

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

You are just now in the historical force majeure conditions.
Please calm down.
I wish you come back home safely.

(ma)gog said...

Dear Mogi sensei,

I don't know what to say.
What a day you had!! and you still don't know when you could get a flight to Tokyo.

I followed for the first time your Japanese twitter, and because it was (is) such a thrilling on time report that I have been just so overwhelmed by your experience.

I am sorry I couldn't be of any help for you while I am in Germany (and my daughter in Munich), but I will keep praying that the air transport situation will get back normal as soon as possible.

r-c.pce said...

Were you lost in translation, or were you lost in transition? lol