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.


Yuzu said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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