Welcome to 2009, and a new year of geoblogs, geopix, and geoadventures!
Back in 1977, I was an AFS exchange student in Northern Germany, and I decided to revisit the family again this year for Christmas. I’ve stayed in touch, especially when I lived and worked in Germany about 15 years ago. Of course, this trip presented an opportunity to find my first caches in Europe, and I even got to three different countries!
I landed in Frankfurt and was met by my exchange sister, Gerlinde, who helped me find my first cache in the Vaterland:
Goethes Vater – Jugendkulturkirche St. Peter
She’s since become a geocacher herself, and went and bought a Nüvi for it!
My first errand upon arrival:
Old Opera House, Frankfurt
New building in Frankfurt – funky hole in it! Is it art?
Things to see in Frankfurt:
Authentic cuisine in Frankfurt:
We spent two nights with her friend, Annagret, and their family in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. There’s a cache in these old millwheels:
The town’s manger scene had real sheep!
The town square had an oversized Christmas decoration:
This is the main street:
Houses dating from 1609:
The town is on a canal:
Speaking of canals, we found one near the Kiel canal:
There’s a cache up this hill:
Die zwei Berge
with this view:
We found a cache in Eutin that was installed in the armrest of a public bench, but it had been put back in wrong, and we couldn’t retrieve it, even with Gerlinde’s handy tool set:
This is a cache hide in Burg am Fehmarn:
It’s next door to this church:
and around the corner from these chickens:
On Christmas Eve, we went to the North Pole. It’s only a few miles from where I visted – who knew?
There a certain magic to being in Germany for Christmas. There’s not so much commercialism, and the mood is much more relaxed. Every town has a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)
where you can enjoy a glass of Glühwein (hot mulled wine)
Next stop…. Denmark! … and the cache placed just for me!