Friday, October 01, 2004

Do I look German?

On the first day of the Photokina tradeshow in Germany I was working in our booth showing off the editing features of Digital Image Pro. Now, at a tradeshow in Germany you get a lot of German speaking people (weird, huh?) so there was also a person at the booth with me from one of our international groups who spoke German. As the crowds began to grow, people would continously come up to me and start talking to me in German. This happened all day and while I would say that perhaps it isn't that strange given my location, it started to get more common at places outside of the show.

After the second night we took a tram to a restaurant in a different part of town. There are about 8 people from our group on the train and only a few other people. After a pretty short trip, a woman who appears to work for the train system gets on the train, looks straight at me and begins saying something that sounds pretty official. I have no clue what it is and as she leaves we all look around to see what other people do. One person gets off the train but everyone else stays seated. Odd.... Why did she look at me as she said this and not the rest of our group? We press on. When the train gets to the next stop it stops. And the sudden lack of engine noise kinda indicates it isn't going to start anytime soon. This must have been what she was trying to tell us about though I still don't know what she said.

After a minute or so, the train driver comes out and is about to get off -- bad sign ;) We ask him what is going on and he says that the train can't continue because there is a cathedral across the bridge that is broken. Huh? How do you break a cathedral? We get off the train and start walking towards our destination. Sure enough, we come to an intersection with a lot of emergency and constuction vehicles and a church tower that is distinctly leaning towards the road. We, of course, walked around that and eventually found our restaurant but the "Leaning Tower of Cologne" was on the front page of the newspapers the next day.

1 comment:

Leslie Irish Evans said...

You don't look German, you look Swiss.