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  • Day2

    Germany Once Again

    July 29 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The plane departed from Calgary and we were immediately faced with the challenge of deciding what to do on the flight. Looking through the in-flight movie system showed that they had tons of selection. Or do I play some video games all flight long? We landed on watching The Crimes of Grindlewald together, which was a movie we had been meaning to see. Initially it wasn't captivating me that much, and then I look over to my right and I see Brooke sawing some logs. And we were barely an hour into the flight. So I pulled out my 3DS and got through some of a Pokemon game.

    Brooke woke up probably 45 minutes later, right before the dinner service. Since we were right at the back of the plane, they only had the pasta option for us. But since we just ate at Chili's we were ok with it. Finished watching the movie together, overall too many characters to follow but the over arching story was interesting.

    Afterwards, Brooke figured it was time to sleep some more, so she pulled out the sleep mask, travel neck pillow, and in-flight blanket. I played some more Pokemon. Brooke was kind of in and out of sleep, not being that restful. She blames the noisy babies in the back of the plane with us.

    I later turned on another movie, Venom, which was great! Hadn't seen it yet and found it really interesting. Brooke decided she wasn't sleeping that much and found one of her favorite movies, Singing in the Rain. She was giddy the whole time and bouncing along to the songs. So adorable!

    Eventually I pulled out my Nintendo Switch and started to make some levels in Mario Maker, an excellent way to pass the time and stay awake. Brooke watched part of the recent Dumbo movie. Pretty soon they brought out a light breakfast and then we were basically landing in Frankfurt. Didn't sleep a wink on the flight!

    My lower back was hurting from my seat cushion being in a weird position. Hopefully it calms down. We got off the plane and found our way to the next security check in. Poked around the terminal for a bit and found a great spot to have a German lunch with our friends Stephanie and Tom. Brooke was really excited to have German beer and food. We shared a sausage platter along with Paulaner beer. Reminded us of Octoberfest. Also order two pretzels and took one as a road pretzel.

    Waiting to board the next flight and then we will be in Kyiv!

    Tyler
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  • Day293

    Day 294: Zollverein Coal Mine

    December 5, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Time for our next day trip, this time to the coal mine at Zollverein an hour to the north of Cologne. Walked to the station, and after another uneventful train ride we arrived in Essen where the coal mine was located.

    This was one of the largest and most productive coal mines in all of Germany, and sits in the heart of the Ruhr Valley, Germany's industrial heartland. It was set up in the late 19th century and operated for about a hundred years before exhausting the coal deposits. It's also described as one of the most beautiful coal mines in the world, mainly because a large expansion in the 1930s was accompanied by modernist buildings in the Bauhaus style.

    We wandered around the site for a couple of hours, filming various bits and pieces. A lot of the places were closed due to the winter, and we couldn't go inside most of the open buildings because we had Schnitzel with us. But regardless, it had the usual problem of a large disused industrial site - what to do with the defunct buildings? There was a large museum about life in the Ruhr which neither of us were particularly interested in - not that we could visit anyway.

    We did our best with filming, though the incessant drizzle made that a bit difficult too. Had some supermarket sandwiches for lunch before finishing off and heading back to Cologne. Spent the afternoon relaxing and working before venturing back out to the Christmas markets in the evening. Discovered that hot chocolate with rum and cream is much nicer than Gluhwein!
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  • Day23

    Ruhrpott

    August 13 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Heute waren wir in Essen im Ruhrpott. Dort haben wir die Zeche vom Zollverein besucht. Das ist ein Unseco Weltkulturerbe, es liegt direkt in der Mitte der Stadt. Es wurde bis 1993 Kohle abgebaut, man konnte auch heute noch die Vorgänge von damals nachvollziehen. Wir haben eine Führung durch die Kohlewäscherrei und die Zeche gemacht, das war sehr interessant und spannend, da es einen großen Teil der Deutschen Geschichte beeinflusst hat. 🏭
    Danach sind wir Richtung Allgäu, also Heimat gefahren.⛰️🐂🐮
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  • Day2

    Tour Ruhr 2.0

    July 24, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Große Hitze ist für heute angekündigt und so wollte ich eigentlich heute eher nichts mehr machen. Zum Glück hab ich mich für eine zweite Radfahrt entlang der Ruhr entschieden. Diesmal auf der anderen Seite des Flusses. Einfach nur traumhaft schön hier!

  • Day32

    31. Etappe: Eis Essen!

    August 3, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Halbzeitpäusken 🍨🎉
    Eigentlich haben wir unser Ziel schon erreicht, denn wir sitzen schon ganz gemütlich in Essen-Steele beim obligstorischen Halbzeiteisbecher. Doch die Stadt zieht sich, so dass es bis zum Ziel-Stadtteil noch ein paar Kilometer sind.
    Zu Beginn ging es durch Bochum mit allerlei Industrieromantik, danach wurde es sogar ein wenig ländlich. Wir sind gespannt was der restliche Weg heute noch für uns bereit hält.Read more

  • Day32

    31. Etappe: Am Ziel in Essen

    August 3, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Bei 34 Grad im Schatten hält selbst Eis nicht so lange vor. Nach 19 km voller Schweiiiß sind wir im Hotel mitten in der Stadt angekommen. Entlag der Ruhr ging es an so manch tollen Badeplätzen vorbei (die muss man sich für nen Wochentag außerhalb der Ferien schon mal vormerken 🏊‍♂️). Viele Kirchen werden während der Sommerferien renoviert, so dass uns so einige Stempel verwehrt blieben. Dafür haben wir ganz unverhofft im Seniorenstift St. Laurentius einen abgestaubt. 🎉Read more

  • Day1

    Heisinger Bogen

    March 11, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Heute waren wir am Heisinger Bogen an der Ruhr, weil an Jürgen ein Ornithologe verloren gegangen ist. Da es nach den letzten verregneten Wochenenden endlich mal wieder sonnig war, haben wir das schöne Wetter sehr genossen.

    Vögel haben wir natürlich auch gesehen. Vor allem brütende Reiher und Kormorane. Insgesamt ist es eine sehr schöne Ecke.

    Anschließend gab's Kaffee und Kuchen in der See-Bar.
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  • Day138

    Essen

    December 11, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Hause verbringen wir noch mal 3 Nächte bei Melle, Tom und Basti in Essen.
    Da Basti bereits seit Wochen wieder aber Arbeit hatten wir nur den Sonntag gemeinsam. Zunächst haben wir einen Spaziergang durch Essen gemacht wo wir uns das Ronald McDonald Haus ansahen. Danach ging es auf einen Schiffsweihnachtsmarkt. Den nächsten Tag musste Basti arbeiten so gingen wir mit Melle und Tom frühstücken. Am Dienstag spielten wir vormittags Gesellschaftsspiele bevor wir uns nach Osnabrück aufmachten.Read more

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