Germany, here we go!! But keep calm... there is still a lot of adventure before! It was 6 .45 when the "official" trip started! All ready at Terminal 1 departures from Humberto Delgado International Airport. After a short photography session at the exit of the escalators, and after the well-deserved farewells, it was time for us to make our way to the boarding gate. There we entered the Airbus 319 from TAP Portugal and in less than half an hour we were already on our way to Düsseldorf International Airport. Everything great and perfect! So far everything as planned! The flight was something like 2 hours and a little more when we realized that we would soon land in the intended destination, Düsseldorf airport, this of course if there wasn't a snow storm underneath that exorbitant amount of clouds. A blizzard that had already led to the closure of several airports in the vicinity. The one in Düsseldorf was no exception, and it was with luck that after about 40 minutes flying over those German lands our plane was able to land at Cologne airport, which by the way completely closed its airspace just after our turbulent landing. Yes, that's when our adventure started!!!! After the 40 boring minutes over a blizzard and after the turbulent landing at Cologne airport, further 60 minutes inside the aircraft followed, waiting for final destination, these 60 minutes were the easiest. At this point we were all guessing about what would happen next, some enjoyed the snow through the window or the door, others visited the cockpit and spoke to the captain and others simply did nothing. After this amusing hour, we knew of our destination, we would continue by bus to Düsseldorf. This would have happened if another event had not occurred. In the midst of all the confusion, a friend lost his wallet, an indispensable object for this trip. We do not know how much time we stayed at the airport, some said 45 minutes another claimed 3 hours others even more ... but what we know is that it was a “big length of time” when we enjoyed the typical cold of the station outside, the heat nothing typical of the station outside, and we still had a nice time at McDonalds from the airport where all we did was sample and compare everything to the McDonalds we were most accustomed to. Wallet found and already about 4.30 in the afternoon, it was time to move on to our final destination, Iserlohn. Already without the bus as an option, we followed train travel! Not one ... not two ... but three trains !!! Our first trip was the fastest! From the airport to Cologne central station! Nice and a quite quick trip through the white snowy iron railroads! The second trip was different. First there was the amazing queue to buy tickets. Then the confusion at rush hour at the train station - full of suitcases and backpacks (big challenge). Besides, there was something very curious about the Cologne railway terminal. A kind of shopping center under the lines and the trains! Now imagine a shopping center with a huge train station where all the trains stop to cross the Rhein river, at rush hour on a Sunday, crammed with people and us, little dots in the middle of that picture, overloaded, trying to get on the train that would take us to another station where we would change again to another train. This last part of the day would be much lighter if the train from Cologne to Schwerte had not had a "minimum" delay of 10 minutes which would lead us to miss the other train from Schwerte to Iserlohn for microseconds! After all, that "minimum" delay was not so minimal. At least for us! I think now we have a very intimate relationship with German trains since we spent such a long time in them! Some naps, conversations, jokes, and many photographs are part of it; during the trip we learned of the adventures of our other partners, not too easy adventures too! Already with a dark sky by 8.15pm we arrived in Schwerte; from there our adventure continued, but separately. At this point, since it took more than an hour for a 20-minute drive, many of the hosts picked us up at Iserlohn train station. We would see each other the next morning... many went home, others to taste the essence of German food, some to rest and others still continued the last train journey. And yes ... almost 10pm, 16 hours after leaving from Lisbon airport, our first day in Germany ended. What an adventure!!!!