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12 Apr 2006 - Frankfurt - London
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Baggage and telescopes all arrived home without damage, though with some added sand. Tuareg silver daggers: perfect for slaying vampires but also good for opening letters!
With luggage dropped off in Frankfurt airport as intended I managed to grab a few hours exploring the city, despite the day being dull and occasionally wet - welcome back to European weather! After seeing the city it was back to the airport and in the comfort of the British Airways lounge I finally caught up on emails and updated the initial draft of this journal after an absence of 9 days from the internet.

If people are interested I can upload pictures and account of Frankfurt, a contrasting mix of traditional German architecture with a starkly modern financial centre. However, for now this marks the end of the adventure.

In conclusion we have had a thoroughly fascinating exploration of a little-visited country whose bad press is completely at odds with the friendliness of the inhabitants. Although we were not alone, and certainly not during the eclipse, in general the absence of visitors gives the country unspoilt aspect, though it really has to do something about the litter problem. On the other hand, after years of sanctions and being an international pariah, the lack of need to cater for foreign visitors has meant that the tourist infrastructure has fallen behind western standards. However, if you want to visit somewhere a little different, be prepared to rough it now and again, and have a story or two to tell your friends when you get home, then this is the place to visit. In 10 years time it may be very different, so come now before it is spoilt by progress!

PS: In case you are wondering, yes, the vital screw for the camera was sitting at home all the time.

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