Wednesday, September 19, 2007

1998 - Star Trek World Tour

20.12.1998 Messe Düsseldorf

We bought our tickets already in August and very rightly so – the demands were massive.

Our day started early at around 6 a.m. with walking the dog before making our way to the station boarding the train for the 3 ½ hour trip from Rüsselsheim (where I used to live for a short while) to Düsseldorf.

The route offers a great scenic view along the river Rhein and all its small villages. We arrived in Düsseldorf close to 12 noon. Timing was essential as our “flight” with the enterprise was scheduled for 1 p.m.

The venue was packed with “Trekkies”, “Klingons” and “Romulans” and they even had “Quarks bar”. They also offered a “space basar” with real bargains and real trade fair prices.

Very unique and interesting as the Star Trek museum in which one could see original costumes and handmade models of various spaceships.

All inclusive for DM 51,80. Finally: Taking off aboard the Enterprise 1701 – D. Guided by members of the Federation of planets we all walked through a hallway that looked like a Paramount pictures museum and then we went on to engineering where star trek character “Q” and his son messed about only to invoke a warp core breach therefore we were being evacuated to the main bridge where red alert had already been ordered.

The life support systems failed and we all had to run into the turbo lifts (that felt so real!!). Destination: Promenade. After arrival Klingons insulted by passers and openly collaborated with Romulans.

Including the 3 ½ hours back to Rüsselsheim our “Star Trek Day” started at 6 a.m. and ended around 8 p.m. but it was all worth it.

Even on the crowded vessel Enterprise one could feel the peaceful intentions of the Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

It was a great day

Star Trek World Tour ***

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