Our next stop was Frankfurt Hahn Airport, about an hour out of Frankfurt for the Nature One dance festival. Although we were both excited about the two-day festival, we were extremely unsure about what we would find at the airport hotel. We had tried to find information about what was there, if there were any shops or places to eat but to no avail! I persuaded Jez to stop at a supermarket in Frankfurt to stock up on food and some supplies just incase there wasn’t anything to eat in between the hotel breakfasts. When we arrived there however, we were pleasantly surprised to find a bakery or sorts and an American hot dog stand, both open 24hrs!
Our hotel room was incredible… in the sense that it was not even 50meters from the tarmac. Jez and I had a great time plane spotting while we were there!
Nature One was an incredible experience. Firstly, it was bizarre going to a festival where no one spoke English. Of course, most people are able to speak English but the conversations around you are all in German. Secondly, we saw an incredible line up of DJs. We saw, in those two nights, all the DJs that we would see over the course of a year in Australia. Thirdly, the location was an old US missile base. We just don’t have these types of venues at home and even if we did I don’t think they would put a dance festival in there!
Even though it was the middle of Summer, the nights at the festival were freezing cold! We wore jumpers and jeans and we were still feeling icy. It wasn’t such an issue when you were in a crowd, but on the long walk back to the shuttle bus at 6am, it was bloody cold.
We only had one moment of panic at the festival, when I lost Jez in a crowd for a good half hour. It was up there with one of the worst experience of the trip – I left Jez for 20 seconds to put down my drink and then wasn’t able to find him again! I retraced my steps and looked around for him, then decided to stand on a nearby platform so that I could try to find him in the crowd. I searched for Jez’s grey hoodie, only to find that every second guy was wearing one! At this point, I was really starting to panic. The drunk German guy standing next to me pointed to the crowd and must have said something along the lines of “Good luck trying to find them!”. I was so very close to tears. Stupidly, we hadn’t arranged a place to meet and we didn’t have our mobiles on us. After about twenty minutes of standing on the platform, I finally spotted Jez standing behind a really tall guy. Jez didn’t seemed too phased, but words cannot describe how relieved I was!!
As soon as the sun began to rise on Sunday morning, we knew that our trip was coming to an end. Nature One was the last big event for our holiday and it was over so quickly! We got back to the hotel, depressed at the thought of packing our bags for the long trip back to Australia.