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  • Day17

    Bijna thuis

    June 22, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Met het passeren van de grens naar Duitsland gisteren voelde het een beetje als thuiskomen. Ook al ben ik nog best een eind van huis. Soms denk ik wel eens na over wat thuis eigenlijk is, waarom is dat zo'n belangrijke plek? En wat is eigenlijk 'ver weg'.

    Heimwee ken ik niet, ook duren vakanties voor mij nooit te lang. Er zijn echter wel eens momenten dat het fijner is om thuis te zijn.

    Ben ik op reis en voel ik me ziek, sta ik met pech, gebeurt er iets met vrienden of familie? Dan rekent mijn hoofd automatisch de afstand naar huis uit. Uiteindelijk is thuis altijd weer de eindbestemming waar ik ondanks de tegenslag weer naartoe wil.

    Deze reis is echt fantastisch en ik ben heel blij dat ik dit samen met Kim kan doen. We genieten echt maximaal van de mensen hier, van de prachtige dingen hier en van de gezelligheid. Maar nu is het moment aangebroken dat we weer naar huis gaan en daar word ik ook blij van. Blij omdat ik straks weer in mijn eigen bed slaap, blij om weer te kunnen sporten, blij om 's nachts weer in m'n blote kont naar de wc te kunnen lopen en vooral blij om iedereen weer te kunnen zien. Dankzij mijn vrienden, familie, collega's, buren en kennissen voel ik me thuis namelijk thuis.

    Vandaag proberen we de laatste etappe te volbrengen, als dat lukt dan tot straks!!
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  • Day10


    June 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Hello Ostsee - nice to meet you - nice to see you again!

  • Day9

    A quaint town

    June 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Warnemünde was absolutely charming. We enjoyed our stroll through the town and along the wharf. There again sampled some fish ‘n chips. The fish and chips in Oslo were better than these, so were the ones in Southampton. I should know better. Nobody goes to Germany for fish and chips. Oslo wins the fish and chips contest.Read more

  • Day9

    Work has to be done!

    June 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Tom says we have to get back, so we leave this lovely port town Warnemude and get to the laundry! Yep that’s right we need to wash some clothes.

    After laundry there was time to “relax” . Then dinner. Then desert. Tom was an unhappy cowboy when we went to get his favourite desert and I asked for a small piece.(I think she thought it was for me)!Read more

  • Day14

    Day 11 - Lake and Volcanoes

    January 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Up early for continental breakfast then line up for tender tickets as we docked in Puerto Montt. The port does not have a bearth long enough for the Eclipse, so to go ashore, we take the tenders, lifeboats acting as water taxis. We were invited to jump the queue because we were ready to go immediately. The tenders hold about 120 people each and the ship deployed four to ferry us to the dock. The ride was smooth and quick (10 minutes).

    At the Celebrity dock, the shore staff guided us out into the Chilean port. Our tour guide was to meet us outside the port gate and she was waiting as a brief shower passed over. We were early so sat in the lobby of the port building to wait. Right on time, we loaded the 30-passenger bus with the rest of our tour group and took off. Darla, our guide, kept up a running commentary of what we saw as we passed through Puerto Montt and on the rest of our trip.

    Puerto Montt is the gateway to Patagonia, the southern Andes highlands, shared with Argentina. It is a large, fairly modern city and a big port. The Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, created a tsunami that wiped out most of the town. The people have rebuilt and it seemed a thriving city as we drove through it. We headed out of the city, climbing past a colorful folk art painted wall.

    Along the whole drive from around the area, the land is heavily and productively farmed using up-to-date methods. There are grain fields, vegetable farms, fruit orchards, cattle ranches, and other crops. The area was settled by German Lutherans fleeing persecution and economic hardship in the 1840s onwards. The architecture is very German. The drive throughout the day was sometimes in rain. Short showers came and went, usually lasting only five to ten minutes. At one point, hail spattered the bus and ground for 15 seconds.

    The hills and mountains rose up as we went inland to Lake Llanquihue, a huge glacial lake. Puerto Varas is on the shore of the lake, a short 30 minutes away from Pto. Montt. We continued through Pto. Varas to Rosales National Park . The 15 minute drive along the lake was beautiful. The towering Osorno Volcano rose up, snow-topped, its peak hidden by clouds ahead to the left, on the lakeside. Rising up on the inland side was the Calbuco Volcano.

    The Petrohue Falls are between the two volcanoes. This is a falls on the glacial fed Petrohue River. A short walk over well marked and crowded paths opens onto to the rushing, intensely aqua river crashing and swishing over and through the old volcanic basalt. The river drains a glacial lake high up between volcanoes.

    We went back along Lake Llanquihue the way we'd come to Pto. Varas. We stopped in town for a half hour look around then to a parking lot on the lakeside where our guide and driver served us homemade empanadas and Chilean wine. Best empanadas we've had and a great wine.

    The tour took us to the small town of Fruitilla while Darla continued to explain the German heritage of th he area. Another of the German settlments along the Llanquihue, Fruitilla is only two long streets on the lakeside but it is known for its kuchen and struddle and theater. We carried out a blueberry kuchen and tea and coffee from a packed, tiny bakery and ate under the eves of the theater-on-the-lake while another shower passed. The theater is a modern building that produces many shows and holds classes.

    The bus took us back to Pto. Montt and left us at the passenger terminal where we got the tender back to the Eclipse.

    In the evening, we took in the show before dinner. The stage hosted Teacake, the "Duchess of Soul." She did a tribute set to Areatha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She was great! We lingered over dinner with our table mates, talking about our common but coincidental professions (3 engineers and 3 educators) and our German ancestry.

    Tomorrow and the next are days at sea.
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  • Day9

    Hanging around Rostock

    June 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Turns out I’m glad Dianne got me going to Rostock. It is a very walkable walled city with at least five significant churches. It was in the Eastern Bloc before the fall of the wall and I’m surprised at how similar it is to German cities I’ve visited like Mainz and Heidelberg. Clean, organized, nice transportation system, I thought the differences would be more apparent.Read more

  • Day1

    Rostock, Germany 8/24/19

    August 24, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Staying in Rostock tonight...will go to Warnemunde tomorrow to board the ship. Arrived safe and sound. After we checked in, we had a walk about. It's only 3pm and we've almost got in 10,000 steps! Had a nice lunch and now were back in our room for a much needed rest. So far, Rostock seems like a nice, little town.Read more

  • Day9

    Train to Rostock, Germany

    June 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Dianne drags me out again today to see Germany. I’ve seen Germany before so I’m dragging my heels a bit and soon I get a talking to about my attitude.

    And I made Grumpy smile too! He got a train ride to Rostock and a tram ride too! How good does it get?

  • Day9

    Still Rostock

    June 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    This is where Tom did the shopping. He wanted cookies, real bad. We went to many stores and he didn’t see what he wanted. So back at the open air market, he found the best selection, most delicious and most expensive cookies!
    It’s true, my cookies were expensive and that bummed me our for a while. I paid 10 euro for a small box. I thought I would get some change but he just pocketed my 10 and smiled. I’m over it now though, they are good cookies.Read more

  • Day17

    Dag 17

    June 22, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Goeiemorgen! Gister van Gdansk naar Rostock gereden. Prima weg en we hebben genoten van de mooie uitzichten. Vandaag de laatste dag. Om 9 uur gaan rijden, op naar huis. We zijn er aan toe ook 😘

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mecklembourg-Poméranie, Meclemburgo-Pomerania Anteriore, 메클렌부르크포어포메른 주, Mekelnborg-Vörpommern

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