From Copenhagen to Wittlich
22.09.2012 - 24.09.2012 15 °C
On the weekend I moved to stay with my friend Benjamin at his friend's flat. I went to his 'hipster' church. There was a carpark out the front, not for cars, just for bikes! Copenhagen style. I was given a coffee and a biscuit as I walked in - definitely a good way to win over your visitors! Then I was given a set of head phones to wear. The service was in Danish but translated into English through the headphones so that international visitors could understand. After church we all went to the pub and had a beer.
Benjamin took me out to a traditional Danish lunch of Smørrebrød - rye bread with amazing toppings. We had the classics including herrings and potato. I felt so Danish!
From Copenhagen I caught a train to Hamburg. I loved seeing all the countryside out of the train window. The woman sitting next to me was listening to some music on her ipod, so loud that we could all hear it. She was dancing and singing along the whole time. The train boarded a ferry and we all got out of the train and went onto the boat. There was a really cute black laborador that I played with. It was pretty cold on the deck though. When we got back into the train I moved seats, for a more peaceful journey. FATAL ERROR! Because I had put my ukulele above my seat before we got on the ferry. I only realised just as the train left Hamburg that my ukulele was still on it I have emailed and called the railway with no results. It would seem that the ukulele has decided to have it's own adventure in Germany.
Marie met me at the train station, it was so nice to see her after a year since she left NZ! We went to her house where her friends were having a tea party, complete with china and cakes! So cute!
The next day I went to the doctor in Hamburg because I was still sick. Marie came and translated. The receptionist asked her if New Zealand was still part of Europe!!! We couldn't believe it! The doctor spoke good English and was very interested in my trip. I liked her a lot.
Hamburg highlights - shopping with Marie and her mum, ferry trip around the GIANT harbour! Reeper Bahn Festival - the Temper Trap were playing but I only found out an hour or two before they were on. We rushed in but the line was huge and we needed to get tickets. We wouldn't have been able to get in. But we watched from the door for free! There were also some other bands playing on outdoor stages that were free to see too and really good. We saw a Dutch ska band playing in a bus, I tried to climb in but it was SO packed!
Trained to Wuppertal to meet Kati. Went on the famous upside-down railway, ate a swirley sausage in a bun and drank lots of tea!
Had the most relaxing time and delicious food!
Wittlich and Trier
Last of my epic train journey (interrail pass has expired) took me to Wittlich through the Western Countryside, rivers and cute towns!
Anika and I went to Trier to see the Porta Nigra, the 'Black Gate' built by the Romans in 160-200 AD.
I had read in my guide book that there were Roman baths and spas. I asked if we could go and told Anika she should get her togs. She had no idea what I was talking about. When I explained that I wanted to go swimming in the baths she couldn't stop laughing. Apparently they are just the Roman ruins, no water involved!