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Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein April 30th 2015

Wetter: Regen, Wolken - sonnig, 15° - bedeckt, 7°, Neigung zu Nieseln Der Morgen begann ungut: als ich die erste Ladung Gepäck zu Paulchen trug, begann es zu tröpfeln. Und nach dem Frühstück regnete es richtig. Also holte ich mein Regenzeug raus und zog es an (sehr mühsam und schweißtreibend). Und als ich fertig war, hatte der Regen aufgehört. Na ja, ist ja nicht schlecht, aber ich musste mich wieder ausziehen.... Und dann war ich schon mal nass geschwitzt und müde. Wieder war die Strecke eigentlich nicht lang und ich machte zahlreiche Umwege. Der erste war an den Timmendorfer Strand, von diesem Ort hatte sogar ich schon gehört. Strand war gar keiner zu sehen (völlig zugebaut), aber es wimmelte von Hotels, die alle irgendwie das Wort Strand im Namen hatten, obwohl sie keineswegs am Strand lagen. ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Lubeck August 13th 2014

Hello everyone. We finally are at a place that has WiFi. Lubeck. A beautiful city all brick on the north coast of Germany. The images will be where we were the last few days, Celle. Except for the first.... read more
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Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Wenningstedt August 9th 2014

Apparently my postcards from Serbia also have yet to make it through to the USA. I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised, but I had hoped I'd have better luck there. However, the rest of my trip is spent in pretty much developed countries, so I would doubt I'll run into postal issues there. On that note, though, if any of my readers has received, or does receive, a postcard, please let me know! I'd be happy if just one made it through! On to today. The rain left! After coming back this morning, unfortunately. It left behind some impressive wind though. I've been to the top of Mt. Washington, and this wind was probably the worst I've experienced, or at least top 3 or 4 winds. Given that it was a wind from the southwest, ... read more
The angry ocean
A sunset over the ocean
Beach baskets everywhere

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Wenningstedt August 8th 2014

Germany's a convenient country to visit, I must say. First off, for being so far north, it's surprisingly temperate (likely due to its proximity to the ocean). However, they also almost all speak English, which makes it slightly less awkward for Samii and me as we scramble our way through the days. On the flip side, the amount of volleyball I'm playing has helped me learn a few things: I'm pretty good with the numbers now, and can say things like "sorry," "mine," etc. Things that are important to know for sports. Despite the language barrier, the team I play with seems to like me and as a team we work well together. Olympics, watch out! The bike ride to the beach was also much easier today. I don't know whether the wind was lighter or ... read more
Samii and Marie representing Beantown!
Weiner schitzel!
Early sunset

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Wenningstedt August 7th 2014

Rainy days on an island tend to be a bit of a downer. I mean, you're on an island with nice beaches and beautiful water, and you've got no use of them. Not to mention that Sylt is only accessible by train; any vehicles get here on special train cars, so it's not easy to get off the island either. However, luckily, Sylt has its fair share of bleak days, whether from rain or extreme winds, so they're prepared. We went up to the northern town on the island, called List, where there's a museum on the nature and the natural history of Sylt. Apparently this island has been hammered by hurricanes, and actually only appeared as an island in the 1600s, when a series of storms split it from the mainland. Basically the gist of ... read more
The dunes of Sylt
The landscape of Sylt

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Wenningstedt August 6th 2014

Relaxing is so nice for the body and mind on occasion. Today was one of those occasions. We woke up around 9:15, and after a family (plus 4) breakfast, some of us went off to rent bikes for the week (bikes are the main mode of transportation, apart from nice German cars...Mercedes, BMW, Audi are all everywhere). We then rode the 10ish miles to the family's favorite beach, against the very strong (15-25 knots, depending) winds. As Sylt (approximately pronouced 'Zoolt') is a narrow island with open ocean on the west coast, this will likely be a regular occurence. At the beach, we of course took advantage of the open ocean to swim. There's a sandbar between 3 and 50 yards from the beach, depending on the tide -- at the lowest tide, some of the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Wenningstedt August 5th 2014

Hello, Wenningstedt! That is the name of the town where Marie's family -- our hosts -- stay, on the island of Sylt, in northern Germany. By northern I mean that the northern point of Sylt is the northernmost point of the country of Germany, and is in fact north of the German-Denmark mainland border. After an early flight from Milan and a hiccup at Hamburg (both Marie and the arrivals board said I would come in to Terminal 2. I came into Terminal 1.), which caused both Samii and I to freak out while trying to find each other for the 40 minutes after we should have found each other, she and I were on our way to Sylt. The system was far easier than it looked when we booked our tickets, but we hopped on ... read more
Me, Samii, and Marie on the beach
The crew at the house
Sunset!


Anne lived with us in Seattle for a year, 2011-12, attended Highline High School as a member of the senior class, and got to walk in the commencement ceremony at the end of the school year. Of course our entire noisy mob of a family attended commencement and did our best to embarrass our kid at it, as loving families must do. When she came home to Hamburg, she still had two years of Gymnasiumahead of her: not university, not high school, not quite but probably closest to what American students do at community college when they're planning to transfer to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor's degree later. Anne told us Gymnasium has nothing like the American high school graduation ceremony, and she wasn't wrong, but she didn't entirely give us the complete picture ... read more
Anne's school
Anne arrives
Certificate!


Today was a rest day. We had breakfast and lounged about the living room blogging and facebooking, and then Barb and Ulf and I walked to the grocery store to get things and supplies, which required me to get dressed. When we got back, Andrea's parents, Arnold and Doris (aka Oma und Opa) had arrived from Ettlingen. After introductions were made (wherein I gave a somewhat butchered version of "Pleased to meet you" auf Deutsch), a demand was made for Oma's punch, so Andrea and her mom went to the store again for more things and supplies. Pretty soon, it was time to depart for Anne's school where she would receive her Abiturzeugnis (loosely, a diploma; think of it as her graduation; it's different, though, so go read the wikipedia article if you want to know ... read more

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein » Lubeck July 3rd 2014

Today we ventured out to Lübeck, which is about an hour northeast of Hamburg by train. Lübeck still has its medieval center, ringed by a canal and two of its four gates still standing and in use. We made our way to Hamburg's Hauptbahnhof (main train station) via two buses and the S-bahn, which is akin to our light rail, although not so light and much more heavily used. After getting some cash from the Bankomat, we were able to purchase Fahrkarten for the train from the machines, which only took cash or something called a "Eurocard", which we did not have. I also had the privilege of paying 2 Euro to use the Pissoir, which is exactly what it looks like and actually what they call it. Luckily, we got word from Andrea that she ... read more
Holstentor from Afar
Holstentor from Afar, with Tiny Beethoven
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