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  • Day9

    Afternoon with friends

    December 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    We drove to Viersen Dulken which is 1 hour away from us. Stressful drive for me, Germany has a very different style of driving. Dave does really well, we are thankful for the sat-nav we couldn't image trying to navigate through the autobahns with a paper map. I know I would spit the dummy and be on the side of the road. We did get done with the speed camera again! The Germans don't obey speed signs if there is any but they do know where the speed cameras are and then they slow down, us australian dumb bunnies don't. Lesson learnt: if all of sudden they aren't flying past you there is a camera coming up.
    It was lovely to catch up with the family, we walked in and it was like we had never left. We had good German coffee and Monika had baked their traditional Christmas biscuits. Which the kids want the recipes for. Kellie went off with Magdalena to her friend's house where they did their Kris Kringle, played games and ate biscuits. They have an American exchange student at the school. So Kellie had someone who spoke English and translated for her. They all learn and speak limited English but often the translation gets a bit confusing. With Magdelena I forget that you have to speak in simple terms not our slang. She didn't understand 'there were people rocking up'. I had to rephrase and say people arriving. The three girls went to an outdoor skating rink where they taught Kellie to ice skate. They had lots of fun and Kellie had a few falls but did get the hang of it.
    Brodie went to a clip and climb with Julian and then on to Laser tag. Both places did an English version of the instructions for him. He worked up a bit of a sweat at both places. He really enjoyed the laser tag.
    We sat and chatted with Bernhard and Monika and found out we won't be able to catch up with Mr & Mrs Kunz as their daughter is in hospital. After we picked up the boys we had soup and fresh rolls. Monika made her family soup recipe, leek and cheese with mincemeat through it. It was delicious, I would like that recipe too. Bernhard took Dave & I down to a small pub to sample the Traditional Christmas drink 'Gluwein'. A spiced warm red wine. It certainly warms you up. A stroll back then off to pick the girls up. Then we drove back to Gelsenkirchen-Horst. It was a lovely day catching up and sampling some of their Christmas traditions.
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    Sounds like a lovely day for all Just as well you didn't get done for speeding here double demerit points We had forty degree weather today with rain lovely not and then the sun came out again air conditioner working overtime

  • Day6

    Farewell Amsterdam

    December 20, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    Early rise with Kellie waking us up with her ATAR results. We didn't go back to sleep. We packed up and headed to the train station via the Red Light District. We were a bit early to see the girls but we did see the booths. Brodie's comment "at least they have heaters". That was all: a stool and a heater. This morning was the coldest at 3 but weather zone said it felt like -4 and we would agree.
    On the train there is still frost in the paddocks an its the afternoon.
    A few things about Amsterdam:
    Pedestrians have no rights, even on a footpath. Even though there is dedicated bike paths they still go on footpaths along with scooters, cars & trucks.
    They carry anything on the bikes, nothing is too big, small or wide. Funniest thing yesterday, a guy riding a bike while dragging a rolling suitcase.
    Dutch children are the cutest kids ever. Miss getting my photo of them on bikes with their parents.
    I'm putting this in a more polite way than Kellie did. She is coming back to find a husband to have dutch babies. I picked out a nice guy working behind the bar that I thought would make good babies.
    You do not see any obese dutch people only us tourists. The reason for this is the mode of transport is pushbike and all buildings have stairs and the dutch are into organic food.
    Dogs are allowed everywhere even in eating places.
    Photo 1 - Morning tea, yes food again!
    Photo 2 - Cold foggy Amsterdam at 11.30am
    Photo 3 - Our train
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    I thought that what holidays were all about "the food"

  • Day8

    Damp morning in Gelsenkirchen-Horst

    December 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    It is a damp day today, thankful for our rain jackets as we walked down to the bakery to get our breakfast rolls. We were lucky again to get the same lad who speaks a bit of English as he spent some time in America. He did point out that our Australian English is different.
    We are having a quiet morning resting up. We were going to go for a walk around here but it started raining again, although with the rain it isn't as cold.
    We are going to Viersen Dulken this afternoon to see Bernhard, Monika, Magdalena & Julian. Kellie is going to a party with Magdelena and then going ice skating outdoors tonight. Brodie is going to some climbing thing with Julian. We will be driving there so another stressful hour.
    Photo of Zuckerkuchen-Sugar cake. Texture & lightness of a sponge cake but it was a yeast cake.
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    When you say stressful drive I'm guessing by other photos the roads would be quite slipped or is it because they all get around on push bikes. We are sitting under the air conditioner bracing ourselves for what's to come hot weather them storms which mean muggy weather where aircon doesn't work as well I told graham we will have to move to spare room

    Debbie Adamson

    Stressful as in driving on the wrong side of road its like constant peak hour traffic and german drivers have a very different style of driving. You do have pushbikes but not like Amsterdam.

  • Day6

    Christmas in Germany

    December 20, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    We had a great 2hr train ride from Amsterdam to Duisberg.
    You know its cold when there is still frost in the paddocks at 2pm. The countryside is always beautiful along the way.
    We picked up our hire car and drove to a town near Essen (Gelsenkirchen-Horst). Once again we were welcomed by warm host and very warm apartment.
    As always, we turned the heating right down. We walked down to the shops to buy something for tea. We needed some home cooked wholesome food. It will be a early night as it was a very early morning.
    A photo to show we don't just eat pankcakes and apple pie!
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    I should have taken a photo of our tea last night. Graham bought home a fresh crayfish still prefer crabs

    Debbie Adamson

    Ok rub it in. We'll stick to chicken it seems the safest. There is a steakhouse just around the corner, might have to go out for a red meat fix.

  • Day986

    Rückholaktion der deutschen Botschaft

    March 31, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Bin ich in einem SciFi-Zombie-Apokalypse-Film gelandet? Kommt Godzilla gleich noch um die Ecke? Gewundert hätte es mich nicht.

    Nach unserer Registrierung im Rückholprogramm der deutschen Botschaft, warten, einigen Emails und Infovideos haben wir heute endlich die ersehnte Nachricht erhalten "Dies ist ein Aufruf für alle, die auf den ersten Flug von Goa nach Frankfurt Abflug 31.3.2020 um 05.30 Uhr eigeteilt sind. (...) Bitte machen Sie sich sofort  auf den Weg zur folgenden Adresse:..."
    Ahhh, jetzt schnell alle Plörren zusammen schmeißen und los. Der erste Sammelplatz ist zum Glück in der Nähe und die Polizei lässt uns unbehelligt passieren. Dann ab in den Bus. Erstaunlich wie locker es die deutschen Urlauber nehmen. Maskenschutz und Abstand halten wird hier von den meisten noch nicht als notwendig angesehen, obwohl die Panik in den Augen unseres indischen Busfahrer durchaus ernst zu nehmen ist.

    Los geht es durch Polizeiabsperrungen, verbarrikadierte Straßen und Städte zu einer verlassenen Navi-Schule. Hier werden unsere Pässe kontrolliert, Temperatur gemessen und Zugangsbändchen verteilt. Noch ein wenig ausruhen und auf geht es mitten in der Nacht zum Flughafen.

    Der Flughafen wird nur für uns geöffnet. Pässe werden erneut kontrolliert, es gibt nur ein offenes Gate und alle Geschäfte sind geschlossen und verlassen. Im Flieger werden wir dann von sicher verpacktem Flugpersonal begrüßt. Dies ist ein "Do it yourself" Flug. Die Stewardessen kommen uns nicht zu nahe, auf 5m Abstand halten und das Personal bitte nicht ansprechen werden wir mit regelmäßigen Lautsprecherdurchsagen informiert und unser Essen oder Getränke dürfen wir uns selber nehmen. Ab und zu werden "ungiftige" Desinfektionsmittel versprüht (aber bitte Mund und Nase verdeckt halten) und uns gedankt dass wir Air India "gewählt" haben. Ganz schön spooky.

    Dennoch bin ich einfach nur dankbar. Deutschland macht einen hervorragenden Job, nicht nur Deutsche sondern auch EU-Bürger in Sichherheit zu bringen.

    Jetzt halte ich mich 14 Tage in Selbstkarantäne im Wohnwagen meiner Eltern. Mal sehen, welche Abenteuer hier so auf mich warten...
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    Gertraud M

    ✌️✌️✌️ Ich bin so froh mit dir 😊 😷! #schauaufdichschauaufuns und gute Zeit! LG Gertraud 🤗

    Florian Troeger

    Schön dass Du wenn auch auf unglaublich abenteuerliche Weise nach Hause gekommen bist👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻

    Creating Memories

    Vielen lieben Dank! Abenteuer Deutschland ist jetzt auch mal was neues ;) bleibt gesund 😊

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  • Day7

    Brass Monkey Weather

    December 21, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    We awoke to a very frosty morning. Dave & I walked down to the bakery to pick up some fresh rolls for breakfast. You really can't beat Germany's bakeries; their fresh breakfast rolls are delicious. We decided to head to Dusseldorf to look at their Christmas Markets. We caught a train as it's easier than finding a park. The forecast was for rain or snow. Well it did neither but it was so so cold, by far our coldest day. Well every second stall was either food or Gluwein. There was 7 Christmas markets around the town. I think we did a pretty good job of seeing all of them. Well my feet think we did. There was a very strong police presence around the markets. Dave had his photo taken with a couple of them.
    We were going to call into the Essen Christmas Markets but we were too tired and cold.
    We are still struggling with the time zone. It is dark by 5pm and your body is telling you it is 9pm. Then it is so dark in the morning you just don't have any concept of time. I will never whinge about our time zone or daylight savings again.

    Photo 1 - Ice on our car
    Photo 2 - Ice at the train stop
    Photo 3 - Reibekuchen (deep fried potato cakes served with apple sauce or garlic sauce)
    Photo 4 - kids happy they found dunkin donuts
    Photo 5 - shop front of a bakery
    Photo 6 - Duesseldorf
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    Weather here still can't decide what it wants to do still blowing 41 in Perth yesterday almost killed Nicole even though she was in an airconditioned office all day

    Debbie Adamson

    Yes we looked at Whyalla's weather and saw a few hot days forecast. The day after Christmas is forecast for 12 I'm looking forward to that. Much rather be over here when its colder than when its hot. They do the winter better than summer.

    Annette Luckraft

    Good morning Debbie and gang, Brian and I are having couple of warm days in Adelaide. We are over to pick up a engine Brian has been having specially built for one of his GT's. I think I am in front budget wise so I spent the day in the camping shops. By lunch time I was completely confused. Coffee and cake later I went back and purchased my Gortex coat. Just hope I have made the right choice. Having Xmas with Neville and Vicki at Coffin Bay.Will take the caravan and my boat down and stay a couple of days. Your food looks divine. Better than the "food court" at Myer's. Look forward to reading your blogs. Keep it up. Well shops are open so time to go. Chat soon Annette

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  • Day10

    It was the day before Christmas

    December 24, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    It is 7am over here and we are up having a coffee. Dave reading the papers back in Australia. You have to love technology. Today we are here until about 2.30pm then we head off to Viersen Dulken to spend Christmas Eve with Bernhard & Monika. We will be staying the night and returning after breakfast to spend Christmas day here. We will be going to their church, which is the largest in their area. They are Catholic churches over here. Monika will be singing in the choir. It will go for about 2hrs so it will be an interesting 2hrs not understanding anything. I haven't told the kids how long it goes for so when they read this there will be some squawks. Hopefully we can sign into their wifi to send Christmas messages otherwise it will have to be on our Christmas Day here.
    I am cooking the kids favourite meal on Christmas day. In the apartment we have a fully functional kitchen which is good. We did forget to buy a little Christmas tree from the markets. Will have to see what's around here.
    Will be thinking of you all on Christmas Day. ♡♡♡♡

    Photo 1 - Our Christmas socks we bought at the market
    Photo 2 - French Nouget from the markets (something to take to Monika & Bernhard on Christmas Eve)
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    It's 10.30pm here all organised for tomorrow I have made grahams pavlova and the prawns have been peeled saved the back bits for Millie she will get two good deeds from them guessing the kids favourite is chicken of some type Will talk to you Christmas morning your time

  • Day11

    Christmas Day in Germany

    December 25, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We had breakfast at Viersen Dulken and once again Monika made us a few Christmas breakfast traditions. A bread in shape of man called weckmann bread and then christstollen, a sweet fruit bread with a ribbon of marzipan through it and of course, boiled eggs. We were lucky to be able to share Christmas with friends. After breakfast we drove back to our apartment and we opened our presents. Then we spent the afternoon playing family games using our phones and had lots of laughs but it's still strange to think it's Christmas Day. For our Christmas tea I cooked chicken involtini and apple crumble. All turned out well considering I had to remember the chicken recipe and finding the same ingredients over here. We are now fat and full so I suppose that's about the usual for Christmas Day. It was a drizzly day here and reached about 9 degrees. We did miss you all, but wouldn't change the experience we had.

    Photo 1 - Breakfast
    Photo 2 - Our Christmas tree
    Photo 3 - Brodie handing out the presents
    Photo 4 - Opening presents
    Photo 5 - Christmas tea
    Photo 6 - Dessert
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    So are the biscuits like a shortbread. The church looks amazing. When you say there's a church like that in every town what population are we talking. How did the Aussie gifts go. We had a quiet Christmas ate too much got a call to go to the school smoke alarm going off met the firies there false alarm though. It was 44 degrees at that time which was about 4pm. Cooler today trying to rain so a bit humid. Glad you had a great Christmas talk soon

    Debbie Adamson

    Yes one lot was shortbread but they make theirs with cream not butter. The stars are cinnamon biscuits, chocolate meringues, the crescent shape ones were kellies favourite. We have the recipes for the cinnamon & the crescent ones. It would be tad hot to really enjoy Christmas Day?? Great day for an alarm to go off. The aussies gifts went well. Will send you picture of the candles we gave before.

    Annette Luckraft

    Hi Debbie, i have just spent an half hour typing a note to you. tried to send and a orange line came up saying there is a problem!

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  • Day9

    Essen Christmas Markets

    December 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    After a late night, we are all a bit slow this morning. Another stroll to the bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast and a chat to the guy who has been serving us every morning.
    We caught the train into Essen which takes about 30 minutes. Once again a heavy police presence at the entrances of the markets. The Essen Christmas Markets is represented by a lot of different countries. Even though Brodie couldn't see the point of going to another market when you just see the same things. Once again we tried a few different foods. There was always a line up for Heisser Kartoffelte which was bolognaise meat wrapped in a potato pastry then deep fried and a tomato sauce with cheese in it then poured over. Served with a salad which was nice but have no idea what it was. We shared one just to have a taste.
    For dessert we had a Bratapfel (baked apple with custard). Once again we shared one, that was a hit with everyone. We would like to stay until night to see the christmas lights, but we are always too tired. We started to head back to the train station and I found another Christmas Market much to Brodie's disgust. Most of the markets finish today but Dortmund continues after Christmas so we plan to go on the 26th, so he is really enthused about that.

    Photo 1 - Apple strudel
    Photo 2 - Heisser Kartoffelte
    Photo 3 - Bratapfel
    Photo 4 - Brodie enjoying the Christmas Markets
    Photo 5 & 6 Christmas Markets
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    Deirdre Harrowfield

    Swop places with you Brodie love markets. The food all looks delish the salad looked interesting not what I was imagining. Picking my nectarines birds have got about five of them and they aren't even ripe yet. I have decided to do tapas for our Christmas lunch so spending today getting things ready for that and making graham his pavlova. One week down you have packed a lot in in a short time

    Annette Luckraft

    Christmas eve here so we are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Hope your white Christmas is one to remember.

    Annette Luckraft

    we have eaten too much already! Miranda here for tea tonight as we are off to Coffin bay tomorrow with the van and pulling into Neville & Vicki's shack and having Christmas with them and staying a day or two.I hope to take the row boat but the weather is looking very unpredictable for the coming days.I will think about it overnight. Glad to hear Kellie mastered the skates and Brodie the clip and climb. What is laser tag. is it what it sounds like. Clean version of paint ball? Will be thinking of you all enjoy your day. Chat soon love Annette and Brian

    Debbie Adamson

    Annette, It won't be a white Christmas here just feels like it. Very rare for snow here. I know the feeling of eating too much, been doing that all week. Yes a clean version of paint ball. Have a great couple of days. xx

  • Day13

    Farewell to our friends

    December 27, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    An early start today, up at 6am and on the road by 7.30am to Viersen Dulken. This is our last day in this part of Germany. We are spending the day with Monika & Bernhard and going back into the Netherlands to a small town called Maastricht. (By the way there is no such thing as a small town over here). It's always an interesting drive following Bernhard. We couldn't have asked for a better day, whilst it was a bit fresh we had sunshine and blue sky; a welcome sight. We meandered around the town looking at the old wall which is now incorporated into the homes. We stopped for a coffee at a local bakery who specialises in organic spelt flour. With our coffee we had Limburg Vlaai which is a fruit flan that is a local specialty. Once again yummy! You wouldn't believe it we ran into another Christmas Market much to Brodie's joy. Deirdre, I made sure I had an Olliebollen here. I think Whyalla does a pretty good job, but would say they are better over here, a lot lighter.
    After a bit more walking around the town we hopped back into the car and headed back into Germany to an old town called Aachen. We had a look around the old part of town and into the church there. It was exquisite, it was covered in mosaics. Aachen is famous for its Christmas Markets, but unfortunately they had finished. It was a welcolmed sight for Brodie to see the wooden hut being carted away. We stopped for another coffee and a roll. It was time to say farewell to our German friends which was hard as we don't know when we will return. It was a great way to end our time here.
    Photo 1 , 2, 3 - Maastricht
    Photo 4 - Limburg Vlaai (fruit flan)
    Photo 5 - Aachen, inside the Dom (church)
    Photo 6 - Aachen outside the Dom
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