Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

Every morning, I came down to the Maasholm port. It was an usually hot July at the Baltic with temps mostly in the low 30s (90F), while the rest of Germany was getting drowned in rain storms and flooding.

There was nobody about, and I loved it.

Yachthafen Maasholm

Most evenings would see me reading by the window overlooking the Schlei Bay.

Reading by the window

We visited Germany’s smallest town, Bad Arnis. There is the main road with a few shops, which were mostly closed before peak season. The port had plenty of boats in it though, that is for a “town” of only 350 residents.

Arnis port

The “Bad” in Bad Arnis stands for spa town. There are hundreds of them in Germany. More about that on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spa_towns_in_Germany

Smallest town in Germany: Arnis

Besides eating fish every day, I also had wanted to try the currywurst up north. The color of the sauce really surprised me. In central and southern Germany, currywurst sauce is usually reddish-brown. This one had the coloring touch of a Danish tartar sauce. It tasted authentic though.

There is a great Danish influence in this part of Germany. If you are history buff, then you might know this part of Germany had been Denmark/Danish territory a couple of times in history.

Currywurst - Danish

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Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

For this summer’s holiday, we had rented a vacation apartment in the fishing village of Maasholm (population: 700) which is located on the peninsula separating the Schlei Bay from the Baltic Sea.

Maasholm is such a quaint little village, but it has all the amenities residents and tourists need. Even the little grocery shop is open on Sundays. There are about five restaurants, two coffee shops, one grocery store, one bakery, a popular Imbiss Stand (German style: street vendor), which sells all kinds of fish, on any kind of sandwich.

This is what we saw on our first evening right after we arrived.

Schlei Bay

Schlei Bay

We got our keys to the apartment (which overlooked the Schlei Bay) and found ourselves across from a church. I took this photo from our living room, where we enjoyed splendid sunsets every evening.

Church in Maasholm

Church in Maasholm

As we are not confined to the German school summer break schedule, we were able to leave before high season. There were hardly any tourists. The beaches were empty and so it was just us, and the ocean breeze.

Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea

I’m an early riser, so I spent most mornings down at the port where I could sit on a bench and listen to the seagulls, watch some boats come in, and greet passersby with a “Moin”. This was also the best place to get wi-fi, and in our case, it was the only hot-spot we found.

Yachthafen Maasholm

Yachthafen Maasholm

I loved these mornings sitting there by the sea. By around 7am, I would head up the street to the bakery and get something for breakfast. And then I usually would return to the port.

Maasholm Port

Maasholm Port

I have been to many places throughout my life. I love to go places, but when the holidays come to a close, I usually look forward to coming home. In this case, it was different.

This might have been the first time I thought, I would like to stay longer.

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Message in a Bottle from the Baltic Sea

Once again, I bought a Flaschenpost (message in a bottle) while at the Baltic Sea. In this case, I suppose I am a bit of a romantic…

After I had written a short message, I added some small rocks and dropped it into the Schlei Bay from where it might find its way out into the ocean.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

Last time I had bought one, it took me four years to drop it into the ocean. I had taken it with me on my trip to the Faroe Islands in 2008, and dropped it into the water. I got an e-mail message back two days later from a happy mom with a very excited little boy who had found the bottle. It had not travelled very far yet, so she asked me if they could send it off again while on a short ferry tour to Norway.

I have not heard back since then.

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Farewell to Schweinfurt U.S. Military

This is for all the U.S. troops who had been stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany or had passed through it on their tour.

For a trip down memory lane, watch this clip Abschied der US-Armee aus Schweinfurt (U.S. Army farewell from Schweinfurt).

 

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A Good Reason to Travel

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.
To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.
To journey and to be transformed by the journeying is to be a pilgrim.
- Mark Nepo -

orange rose

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