We’re in the Business Lounge in Frankfurt airport. Our flight has been delayed by 90 minutes. The weather here was very bad earlier on and now there’s a bit of a backlog of flights.

The lounge here is full – one third Japanese businessmen drinking beer and eating German food, one third European businessmen drinking water and eating German food, one third people wearing normal clothes drinking beer or water and eating German food.

I’ve been told that filming is verboten, taking photos is verboten. I must sit and behave. I must. The guy who told me that just gave me the eye. Like he *knows* I’m writing about him. It’s OK really… because I packed my firewire and USB cables at the bottom of my bag and would have to pretty much completely unpack in order to upload the photos or video I already took before being told off by the German guy at the desk. And I don’t have a mobile with me to take pics on because it’s only a tri-band and doesn’t work in Japan… because, of course, Japan exists in the future.

4 Responses to “Frankfurt”
  1. Nick says:

    “because, of course, Japan exists in the future”
    I love that phrase. It’s the reason I want to visit Japan, that and the idea I can buy anything in the whole world from a vending machine.
    William Gibson wrote an interesting article about Japan existing in the future in the Sept. 2001 issue of Wired magazine.

  2. Jas says:

    …actually, UMTS phones will work in Japan. 3GSM to the rescue!

  3. giagia says:

    I’m finding the gap between ‘the past’ (ie the UK) and ‘the future’ isn’t quite as wide as I was expecting… which is a surprise.