Geschlossen (or “Welcome back to Germany”)

“Geschlossen!” (“Closed!”)

This was the first word that anyone spoke to us once we were off the plane and officially back in Germany after the holidays. We approached the area for our passports to be checked, and I saw an open kiosk. Well, “open” inasmuch as there was no one in line, there were two unoccupied employees at the booth, and everything else about the set-up and appearance of the kiosk would suggest that they were waiting to check passports.

So we dragged our heavy, enormous luggage over there. Silly me.

“GESCHLOSSEN!” one man yelled at me. Then again, for good measure. Ever read in fancy novels about how certain characters are “stony-faced?” Yes, that. Very much. And I got a really good look at his face because he was just sitting there doing nothing. Except for yelling at me, and indicating that I should get in another line.

An amount of luggage that you do not want to be dragging through Frankfurt International Airport (o5com via Flickr)

An amount of luggage that you do not want to be dragging through Frankfurt International Airport (o5com via Flickr)

So we dragged all of our luggage back to the original line, which was now a few passengers longer.

No more than fifteen seconds later, the original Geschlossen-Mann came out from behind his kiosk, unclipped part of the partition leading to his kiosk, and was smiling curtly nodding and waving us back to his line. Apparently we were just 15 seconds too early for the designated “standing in this particular line” time. He checked us in quickly and without asking any questions or really, saying anything at all.

And with that, welcome back home(?) to Deutschland.

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5 responses to “Geschlossen (or “Welcome back to Germany”)

    • It’s also very stereotypically “airport” – though I can’t imagine anyone at JFK taking the time to tell you to get out of line and then get back into it 🙂

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