A Frankfurt Diary

July 2002
by Kieran O’Mahony

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Editor’s note: The 2002 Frankfurt Book Fair is October 9-14.

The Frankfurt Fair is both the beginning and the culmination of a year’s work for me.

I book a room near the Buchmesse (Book Fair) a year in advance and begin to set up appointments. This involves dispatching e-mails to friends and colleagues in Russia, Estonia, Bratislava, London, New York, Lisbon, Brazil, Oman, Osaka, Beijing, and many other places I have never visited.

 

Wilkommen

 

It takes a monumental effort after a long flight to adjust to the sudden foreign signage and the heavy Deutches spellings at the Frankfurt Flughaven. My smattering of German wouldn’t get me across the road, but most Germans can speak excellent English. I find the German people to be helpful, friendly, and accommodating.

 

It’s a snap to get marks (EUs since January 2002) from one of the ATMs at the airport, and I look for the elevator that will take me down to the trains. You need to purchase a ticket before you get on the train or tram–every time. A one-way ticket to the main station–Hauptbahnhof (HBH)–is only six marks, and the trip is quick and feels safe.

 

From the HBH, it’s a short walk to the hotel. Prices are usually double this time of year because of the Buchmesse. Yet, in this part of town, plenty of reasonably priced choices are readily available. The locals say,…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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