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06 December 2009 @ 06:53 am
travel quickie  
In Germany! Confused by keyboard! All well, despite anhour of delay so we could fly safekly over Afghanistan. Flight called! Some slept had, though you would not know it from my tyiping
hanashilations: wesenhanashilations on December 6th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
Oh! Willkommen! :)
Tell me if you need any help here.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Danke! But it was literally a flying visit, the only two problems being that we had been delayed by over an hour in Singapore, and the British Airways flight I was connecting to did not have a gate listed. I asked a lovely security guard if there was an information desk where I could find out about the gate I was meant to be at, she and I failed in our mission on the computer, so she assured me she would do something. Four minutes later an announcement came over the tannoy telling the whole airport where the gate was, which I think was her doing. THere is a reason I love Germany!

Am in London now, and will only make it to Berlin if Paris is closed down by a general strike, but if you are in Frankfurt on the 22nd, catsintheattic and I will be having a quick cuppa in my four-hour layover ;-)
hanashilations: hanashihanashilations on December 6th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
That's a pity! Unfortunately (?) I live in Berlin, so we won't have a chance to meet each other. I'm glad all your problems at the airport were solved in the end.

London is lovely, too, so I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay. Tschüß!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed next year! I want to catch all the Aertsen and Beuckelaer paintings and drawings I can find, as well as Bruegel, and you have quite a few in collections there.
Tuatuawahine on December 6th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
Hey, you're in my country. *waves*

And heh, our keyboard is nothing against the French keyboard. At least we swap only two letters. :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
*Waves back* Though I have left it now, sadly. Back in two weeks and a bit! And you are quite right: if only one of them wasn't Y ;-)
cassie_blackcassie_black12 on December 6th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
I had huge keyboard troubles when I lived in France. Normally I touch type, but not on their mixed up keyboards *grumbles*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, the French ones are the hardest! I had the keyboard in my head for theirs for about three days, then it fell straight out of my brain.
clovis_tclovis_t on December 7th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
The German keyboard confused me a little, but the first time I sat down to use a French keyboard I stared at it for a couple of minutes thinking 'uh oh'. I ended up switching the keyboard language to English, closing my eyes, and touch typing.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
HA! By far the best way to manage it! I just rely on having my laptop to hand most of the time. The joy of finding free wifi spots has become one of my modern travel adventures ...
It's a Deense: can't be this cooldeensey on December 6th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
I have issues with spanish keyboards. ;p
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Don't we all!
jegviraag on December 6th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Welcome to our country, I hope you have a great time here!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
It was a lovely hour and and I am kicking myself that I did not listen to my instincts and make this trip London and Berlin rather than London and Paris!
Vashtanvashtan on December 6th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Greet the fatherland from me...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I gave it my love and am now up in Oxford, where I had a splendid day in the Ashmolean!
Kareinakareina on December 6th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it here safely. Bummed that I'm not able to see you this trip, but looking forward to next time! Enjoy your visit to Winter! Hope that by the time you return home Summer has settled into the mildest one in ages...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 6th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Next year! Winter is lovely and quite brisk, and I hope that your hopes for a survivable summer eventuate!
uminohikariuminohikari on December 7th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Is the German keyboard really that different?
clovis_tclovis_t on December 7th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)

The big difference is that it swaps y and z, and has a few umlaut characters on the right.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
It is not so bad for people who are not as addicted to adverbs as I am. But happily, I quickly acclimatised ;-)
Annika: ST - P/Q Oh God Really?siria on December 8th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh! You're not passing through Berlin on your way back by any chance, are you? :)