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  • Day2

    Erste Nacht...

    Yesterday in Germany

    Wir fuhren gemütlich über die Autobahn und kamen gut durch. So dauerte Die Fahrt nach Toba ca. 4 Stunden. Also die gleiche Zeit wie wenn wir sonst Vollgas geben - wieder ein Beleg, dass Geschwindigkeit die Reiszeit nicht immer verkürzt. Da es nach der Ankunft viel zu erzählen gibt, saßen wir noch lange bei angenehmen nächtlichen Temperaturen im Garten.
    In Vorbereitung auf unsere Norwegenreise wurde auch eine neue Matratze besorgt, um unseren Schlafkomfort zu erhöhen. Diese wurde heute zum ersten Mal getestet und wir müssen sagen die Nacht war „1a“. Geweckt wurden wir von der sommerlichen Sonne und den gefühlten 30 Grad im Auto. Also raus aus dem Brutkasten an den Frühstückstisch. Der Vormittag wurde noch mit kleineren Vorbereitungen verbracht, bevor wir uns gegen Mittag Richtung Burg Falkenstein, auf der die Festivitäten stattfinden, aufmachen.Read more

  • Day2


    April 28 in Germany

    Am nächsten Morgen lacht die Sonne und wir frühstücken draußen. Ich erfahre, dass wir an der Wartburg in Eisenach gelandet sind.
    Nachdem die Alten endlich vom Kackbunker zurückkehren, wagen wir den Aufstieg. Papa und Onkel Timon kommen ganz schön ins Schwitzen, als sie mich abwechselnd im Buggy nach oben schieben.
    Wir erkunden, was mit Buggy, starkem Wind und extremem Pollenflug zu schaffen ist und treten relativ schnell den Rückweg an.
    Gegen Mittag fahren wir weiter. Unser eigentliches Reiseziel heißt Bautzen, das wir am späten Nachmittag erreichen. Dort stehen wir für die nächsten Tage auf einem wunderschönen Campingplatz.
    Bei angenehmen Temperaturen grillen wir gemütlich. Dann geht's ab in die Heia. Jedenfalls für mich. Ich glaube, die Alten haben sich draußen noch einen genehmigt.
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  • Day335

    Greiz at Peanuts

    May 5, 2017 in Germany

    A quick trip to Greiz to buy some last minute bits and bobs and to test the Terry saddle for the final time....thereafter, there's no going back! Yes, that's beer and water being loaded into the bags by Peter. Well, we are in Germany afterall and beer is cheaper than water...☺

    The little path between Elsterberg and Greiz is pretty grim to ride without suspension of any kind but the individual flagstones make it pretty well-suited to testing whether anything will fall off the bike or whether the seat "suspension" lives up to its confident marketing claim to avoid any seating discomfort!

    Test passed! The Terry Fisio GT is the saddle of choice for both bikes. Lets see what 1000s of kms does to it.

    For anyone ever venturing to my adopted second-home town of Greiz, "Peanuts" is a quaint little pub that sells home-made soup for EUR 3.50 or so, bargainous!
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  • Day87

    Motorway stopover on A9

    September 21, 2016 in Germany

    After staying another night at Meyenburg to pick up Poppy's pills, we made like swallows and headed south. Whilst the sun is still shining, it has a lot less power and we are needing to give the heating a little blast in the mornings to make up for the warmth the van loses overnight.

    We are looking forward to meeting our friend Ade in Münich and thought we'd zip down and scope out a few stopovers for when he stays with us. Travelling 400km south on the motorway we saw the land around us changing from flat sandy earth to undulating forestscapes with soils that were darker and more red. We stayed in a restplace on th A9 where there were signs asking people not to drop food as it encouraged the wild boar! We are very lucky to be able to stay at these convenient restplaces - something that British services prevent.Read more

  • Day31

    Munich to Thuringer Wald

    July 15, 2016 in Germany

    We left Munich and headed north for Hamburg asking the Romantic Road, 350 kilometres of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. In medieval times it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south.

    We drove through Dachau. The town is known for its proximity to the infamous Dachau concentration camp built in 1933 by the Nazis, in which tens of thousands of prisoners died.

    Soon we were in the German countryside, once again enjoying views of little villages and farms.

    Today, many farmers make use of solar power. Some install in rows in their fields, while others cover the roof of every building with panels 😃

    Another form of power generation are the wind turbines scattered around the countryside. These generate as much as 7MW of power, with rotor diameters of over 125m and tower heights around 115m. We were lucky enough to see one of the blades being transported on a truck, and they are ENORMOUS. I'm glad I wasn't driving the truck!

    Driving through Hohenaltheim, we came upon some creatures which looked very out of place....we found some Ostriches, yes strange but true 😆

    Tomorrow we head for Hamburg.
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  • Day325

    Greiz road test ...

    April 25, 2017 in Germany

    Is spring here??!! I still don't know. Nature says yes! After watching a nest from the house stairs when passing each time for a week the "amsel babies" have hatched! (Blackbirds in English) . On the way out to meet friends in Greiz for lunch two or three very naked-looking bird shapes were just about visible in the foliage. With temperatures between 0-10 degrees C I hope that they'll fluff up quickly and thrive.

    The ride back from Greiz was a bit bleak, a biting cold wind and a saddle that is absolutley not living up to the hype of it its 500 x 5 star reviews and praise as a good touring saddle. Initial tests on the turbo trainer indoors were promising....when it came to it, a 14km round trip turned into a pretty miserable affair. Not a good sign at all!

    Afternoon plans had to fall by the wayside as this is a pretty critical bit of kit not to be right. Selle Italia is not my friend and someone will get an absolute bargain of a saddle on eBay when I'm back!!

    An evening spent shopping on bike24 until the early hours shooooould provide a plan B and C....!! watch this space.

    Before such a long sporting endeavour I'm trying to stay injury free by not doing anything too stupid..(aside from my day-to-day walking /running up and down the steep stairs of an old house in some novelty hugley oversized ant slippers, that is) turns out that a single HAIR from a toxic cactus of doom can have much more painful effects than misadventure in inappropriate footwear. Whilst lying on the floor to carry out the first part of kit inventory checking as P was bike tweaking, a cactus hair got into my calf and caused a huge hot red lump the size of a gooseberry which sends a wave of weird pain up my leg everytime I move my when climbing stairs..and cycling 😂😂😂. Cactus Jack and Selle Italia Diva saddles are on todays sh!t list!!!
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  • Day1

    Sondershausen, Deutschland

    July 27, 2017 in Germany

    Heute beginnt dann der 1. Urlaubstag.
    1. Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg nach Thailand, um genau zu sein Bangkok, später dann Koh Tao, wird Oberspier in Thüringen sein.
    Da wird dann 1 Nacht bei Papa verbracht. Morgen gegen 14 Uhr starten wir dann mit voller Besetzung Richtung Flughafen Berlin Tegel,um dann 22 Uhr abzuheben und unserem Reiseland näher zu kommen.
    Ich bin jetzt schon gespannt und freue mich sehr auf unseren 1. Thailandurlaub. 😁Read more

  • Day1

    House of Friends

    February 1, 2016 in Germany

    Last nights in Jena! I'm staying in the house of amazing people like Frankie, Stefan, Julia. I'm starting to become excited and melancholic at the same time. I had a rocking farewell party and have no flat anymore after a troubling week of appointments and preparation for moving my interiors. Thank god, Visa for India is in my pocket. Leaving Jena on Thursday. So sad but so lucky as well to go on my long-term trip with adventurous hikes, strong rock climbing, amazing dives and lots of moments to remember!Read more

  • Day286

    Day 287: Classical Weimar

    November 28, 2017 in Germany

    Time to do a video about Weimar! It was supposed to be sunny today, but all we could see was drizzle. Waited until 10am for it to clear up, but no luck. So off we went, into the rain. Filmed at various places around the town, including Goethe's house, Schiller's house, and a few other spots. Had lunch at the Christmas markets which had opened today - interesting to see the difference between these and the far more kid-focused ones at Dessau. Also interesting to see the difference between these local markets, and what I remember of the larger tourist markets in Munich and Vienna from our last trip.

    More wandering and filming after lunch, eventually ending up in the large park designed by Goethe where it had happily stopped raining. Nice little place, Weimar - it feels very much like a student town, with a large university making up the majority of the population. It must be a real centre for music as well, since I constantly saw people wandering around with instrument cases.

    Headed home and relaxed for a few hours, before having an early dinner of gnocchi and heading back out to the Christmas markets. Filled up the edges with sausages and sweet treats, and of course gluhwein. No snow, but it was definitely below zero and felt it. It's nice that most of the places have fires for heating, but it does unfortunately mean you go home smelling like a chimney!
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  • Day285

    Day 286: South to Weimar

    November 27, 2017 in Germany

    Back on the road, and not particularly sorry to leave Dessau. It's a long way from the tourist trail, aside from people doing world heritage site visits I guess, and it shows. Made the annoying walk across to the station one last time, caught the train up to Magdeburg, then another train out to Weimar - a city that's surprisingly important to German heritage.

    Arrived around 12:30pm and had lunch at the station McDonalds to kill time, before heading to our Airbnb. Host Markus was waiting for us and happy for us to check in early, so we dropped our bags, basked in the warmth briefly and then headed back out.

    First stop was the Bauhaus university, where the first Bauhaus school was originally located. Finished up our video here, though it wasn't particularly interesting since the main building pre-dates Bauhaus architectural style. Not a whole lot to see sadly.

    Also went for a wander through the old town to get the lay of the land, as we'd need to do some filming here over the next day or so. Weimar was home to a real German cultural hub in the late 18th century - it was home to Goethe, Schiller and Herder among many others, and not long prior it had been a centre for music too - home to Franz Liszt and (briefly) JS Bach. In the 20th century there were the Bauhaus connections, and Germany's first constitutional republic - the so-called Weimar Republic - was declared here. The centre of town is a World Heritage site, mainly for the late 18th century cultural impact of Goethe, Schiller and the rest.

    So we had a look at the nice buildings and squares, though didn't really do much filming. They aren't looking quite as nice as usual, sadly, since the Christmas markets are starting tomorrow and there's work vans everywhere. Satisfied with our afternoon of ambling, we headed home with some supplies to cook.
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Thuringia, Thüringen, Thuringe, Turingia, 튀링겐 자유주

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