I left Manila at exactly 12:20am. For some reason, I didn’t cry that much. I think it hasn’t sunk in yet that time that I was leaving my family for a while. Emirates was kind enough to give me an assistant during the whole process since it’s my first time to board the plane alone. They guided me through the immigration, check-in, and made sure that I am seated comfortably in the waiting area. I boarded the plane at the exact time.
Inside the plane
I love how they made it look like stars are shining down from the ceiling. I didn’t sleep well, though. My seatmate kept her TV on and I was distracted by its brightness. So I just watched Pirates of the Caribbean – On Strangers Tides and X-Men First Class. Those were really good movies.
After 8 hours of flight, we stopped in Dubai.
Dubai at 4am
We have 4 hours of layover time. It’s just 4am in Dubai but I decided to call my dad immediately. He’s in Saudi Arabia right now. I was actually expecting that he’d come and see me. I was supposed to ride Qatar Airways which stops in Doha (nearer to Jeddha, KSA) but we had last-minute change of plans and decided to take Emirates instead. I think Dubai is far from KSA? I’m not sure exactly. Anyway, I talked to him for an hour or so while I was finding my way to the next gate. Dubai Airport is soooo much bigger compared to NAIA. I walked for around 10 minutes just to get to gate 144. When I finally I arrived there, I took a nap because my head was aching so bad.
I left Dubai at around 8am, Abu Dhabi time.
Dubai airport is so big that the passengers had to ride a coach from the waiting area to the plane. It kinda reminded me of LRT since the coach has no seats, only poles and handles.
The stewardesses serve food every 2 hours and I must say, I LOVE THEIR FOOD. Especially their last meal…spicy chicken with bell pepper, tomato, and potatoes, apple juice, bread and butter, assorted crackers with different sauces, mixed veggies, strawberry and cream cake, and Mars chocolate for dessert. YUM!
After 6 more hours, the plane finally landed in Munich. It was raining when I arrived and I was one of the last ones to get their baggage from the carousel. I kept an eye on the carousel and another eye on the clock since my shuttle service will leave at 2:30pm. It was already 2:15pm at that time. When I finally got my baggage, I pushed my cart and started to look for the Mietwagen. Munich Airport is smaller than Dubai but bigger than NAIA (or at least that’s what I think). I was so nervous since I don’t have any idea what will happen if the shuttle leaves without me. I don’t know how to get to Regensburg by train. Plus, it was raining that time and my baggage and carry-on’s combined weight is around 37kg…more than half of my weight. Luckily, I found the service counter of my shuttle with the help of some Germans.
Outside Munich Airport
The taxis are mostly Audi and Mercedes Benz. You don’t get those in the Philippines.
After an hour and a half trip, I finally arrived in Regensburg. The driver was really kind to me. He even opened the windows for me so that I could take pictures. Unfortunately, all my shots are blurred. He dropped me off at the University Mensa and I gave him a small pack of dried mangoes which I got from one of the airplane meals. I feel so grateful towards those strangers that I’ve met before, during, and after my flight. I wouldn’t have made it here without them. I’m a girl who has no sense of direction and I would have easily gotten lost if I hadn’t asked the right people. They made my 18-hour flight bearable (all in all, my September 1 is 30 hours long). My longest day EVER.