Guten Tag! Today I was reminded of the joys of modern communication technology – cell phones, Facebook, video calls – and the bitter pain that results when you are disconnected.
It all started last night, when my friend from America arrived in Germany. We decided to meet up today and spend some time together. We were roommates for a whole year, started a swing dance club together, ran a 1/2 marathon together, and are pretty much kindred spirits. At least, kindred spirits who apparently aren’t on the same wavelength anymore. We missed each other by mere minutes.
You see, I heard that the bus to the next town takes only 12 minutes. (I feel like this number was quoted to me numerous times.) So in our planing to meet up we were going to see each other in the morning between 9 and 9:30 at the bus station. Well, I left at 9, thinking I would get there around 9:15 or the latest 9:30 (if it took twice as long as I heard). Well, it took 4 times as long. I arrived at our meeting point at 10:00.
I felt horrible. And the worst part was that I did not have any way of contacting my friend. She did not have a working cell phone yet, and I did not have access to Facebook. I walked around the station numerous times, stood in an open location, and even asked a stranger if I could use her smart phone to get on Facebook (she did not have the capability on her phone yet). After an hour of waiting, I gave up and started back.
Three stops later my phone rang. My friend was calling! She had been waiting in Starbucks since 10, right before I got there. She had messaged me on Facebook, which I had not be able to access. Finally, she had found someone willing to lend a phone. I jumped off the bus (at the next stop of course) and took the first bus back.
We finally meet up and spent the day enjoying Heidelberg and catching up on news. It was amazing how we just missed each other, but I am so glad that it worked out. We may have miscommunicated trying to connect, but when we finally saw each other we did not have enough time to share all of our adventures. So today, I am thankful for modern technology and old friendships, especially when they work!