When I went through immigration at the airport at Munich, I was subjected to the most thorough security check in my entire life. I had to take off everything: belt, wallet, jacket and shoes but I did not expect that I had to hold up both my hands above my head for a photograph too. I felt like I were some kind of criminal! But upon seeing that they did exactly the same thing to the native Germans as they did to me, I felt a little less offended. At least there's equality of treatment! After that ordeal, I could finally go out and have my first glimpse of Germany: the luggage reclaim area at the Munich Airport: clean, spare, quiet and efficient.
When I emerged from the airport custom for the airport train, this is what I found; a vast open area covered by a canopy.
The staircases were lit: everything in geometrical lines; nothing fanciful.
A closer look at the train station with the letter "M" right in the middle at the top,presumably standing for "Munich"? But if so, why that slant in red?
this is one of the two decorative features there: an orange (!) rocket.
Believe it or not, this is a fast food restaurant.
a huge propeller in front: lit with a lurid blue light
Apparently some renovation work was going on the side but no sign of any building materials piled on the ground,:everything hidden behind the spotless plastic cover sheet.
Looking back at the airport: Terminal two
This is the only other decorative feature: as if aeroplanes were mere toys.
A food trailer for the restaurant at that courtyard.
The only sign of organic life, standing as door posts to the bar-restaurant.
Ah, some signs of actual life: two tiny tods playing with a sculpture in the food court
I wonder how does it feels?
What are you gawking at? You who looks so different from my parents!
Breakfast time! Surely too early for an Erdinger beer which I'd see a lot of in the days ahead. But no waiter inside, any way, even if I were inclined for a sip of that national drink.
This one looks more promising
What's on offer?
All kinds of bread, pastry, cakes, tarts, pies
Never before saw such sandwiches which look remarkably like two soles piled one on top of the other with some meat and vegs stuffed in between.
Better check out the prices at the next stall first.
Even some "Home made ice tea and lemonade"!
And some fruit cups and mixed fresh fruit/vegetable drinks for health.
When I cast my eyes across the the hall, I found these strange reflections.
But breakfast first
He's having something too.
German wires at the side of the airport train
As it was early, the train ran practically empty.
Is this a sign of what I would get in my stay, light amidst gloom and monotony?