Arrival at the Airport
That is great, and there you go! I am looking forward to finally seeing you again and I am pretty sure that you’ll love it here.
You shouldn't worry when you arrive here. It is actually the same as what we have in the Philippines. Upon arrival, you will go directly to the Immigration Section for identification and visa validation.
You may bring packed mangoes, but if you will ask how many could you bring, I don’t know exactly. You should check the Internet to see what things you can bring, and how many. I can send you a link in which it gives you a list of what things are allowed to bring in Germany. You can read all the information regarding import restriction. However, I can already say that it is better to leave your coral collections in Manila. Hehe! Here it is: http://www.zoll.de/EN/Private-individuals/Travel/Entering-Germany/Restrictions/restrictions_node.html. By the way, on the day of your flight, you must fill-out a Custom-Declaration Form which you will need as you go to the Customs.
Not really. It will not take so long. Once you’re done, you can directly go to baggage pick-up area.
Yup, but the environment is also a little bit different, because unfortunately no one is there to wait for you and carry your belongings to the Taxi stand. If you don’t want to carry you luggage alone, there are push-carts available inside. You just have to prepare a 1€ coin to borrow one.
You might want to ask friends who have already been to Europe. They can probably help you. You may also try it with 1-Peso coin. That’s what I’ve tried recently, and it works. Hehe!
Uhm, there are no tricycles here, and taking taxis is very expensive. You’d rather take a bus or a train. There are signs posted in the airport which indicate where you can find them.
Hmm, not totally the same. In the Philippines, you can pay directly to the assistants in the aisle or the passenger seat. In Germany, it is organized in a different manner. A machine is available, which you find more often at the station, and sometimes inside the bus or a train. This is where you can buy your ticket.
Haha! Oh, before I forget. Usually, you still need to validate your ticket before you ride the vehicle. But you’ll probably notice that it also differs when you go to other cities. If you’re having difficulty understanding the system, you may inquire it with the driver or service personnel.
No. I wouldn’t try it. You will pay a lot of money if as a penalty if you are caught without a ticket. Excuses won’t help you then.
Uhm, that is a bit different from the system in the Philippines. Here, most of the buses travel within their respective city or region. Most of the time, you will need a car or you can ride a train for long distance travel. A route system is already developed all over Germany.
That still exists. You may use that, too, if you want. Recently, they established more “Überlandbusse” in Germany in which they travel in farther, more distant routes. That is worth the price compared when you ride a train.
Yes, that is correct, though not that many. There are express trains that usually travel in bigger cities, from one to the next. They are called IC and ICE. Also, there are regional trains which are slower than express trains that travel in small places. You will easily figure this out later on…
No. Perhaps you are now confused with S or U-Bahn or even Strassenbahn (Tram).
Here in Germany, we don’t have tricycles or jeepneys. But you don’t need to worry. You can easily figure out everything. Not all cities have the same mode of transportation. When you arrive in your new city, you can simply ask someone at the Tourist Information Office or directly to the local transportation personnel regarding which mode of transportation you can use to travel from point A to point B. They can also give you some tips and the price for each kind of transportation. An example is they offer seasonal tickets in which you can travel at an affordable price.
Taking a Walk
Or you can walk instead. :)
Hold on! I think, you will absolutely love to walk here. Most of us are doing that and it is not dangerous. You Definitely still need to be attentive, but the pedestrians here have more rights on the road than in the Philippines.
Here, the law is regulated by the traffic lights. If there are no traffic lights, the pedestrian lane is the main priority. If you would like to cross the street, you will just give a signal to the driver indicating that you want to cross and he/she will then stop to give way. I can say that pedestrians are the „king of the road“ here ☺
I understand. Air pollution is a universal problem, but in Germany you will not experience much of it, and I guess you should include your running shoes in your baggage.
Yeah, better do it. Have fun in packing your stuff! You may reach me anytime when you have further questions.