The joys of country Germany

Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
Trip End Sep 15, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Yes, well, as i said in the previous entry, we were supposed to be on the train to Kassel, and then be picked up from the station - however, we ended up in a proper, blink-and-you'll-miss-it town, called Bebra. Don't ask me how - the sign said Kassel, Eike said it was our train, and Eva (being German) can understand the voice over messages they give (i'm so rubbish at that!) So, when an announcement was made that we were at the end of the line, and could all passengers please get off the train, we thought 'hmmm, something's not right here'.... just about the same time that Eva's Dad rang to see where we were (he was at the correct station, waiting!)
So, while we waited to be picked up from Bebra (a lot quicker and easier than 2 other trips) we ventured into the only open place - the local pub of course. Now, just to paint the picture - it's friday night, the only pub in town has one person in it, and there's a guy sprawled out (passed out) on the steps next door  - yep, a happening place alright! Eva reckons i was probably the most exotic person they'd ever had in the place - after all, it's not exactly on the tourist trail!
After ordering our snacks (not even chips! And poor Eva had to settle for cheese and bread - they didn't even cater for veggies!) we just had to have a wee giggle - after all, it was probably the most random place to ever be on one's travels (i'm still giggling about it, thinking about it while i'm writing this!)
Anyhoo, help came in the form of Eva's dad, and we were off! Yay!!

Next day we had a lovely German breakkie - meat, cheese, good bread, good coffee - and we were off to the lake. I do know that it is 27kms long, and it was formed after flooding 2 (or 3?) towns - which of course they moved up. It was quite a pretty place, and interesting to see one part, which was bombed during the war, rebuilt but without water vents in it!
Also ventured up to a castle around the same area (Eva, if you're reading this, sorry, i've forgotton the names!) which was cool - had a lot of displays and information about all the torture methods they used to use back in the day - and some were so cruel!
After a quick bite, it was over to Eppe, where Eva grew up (just outside of Korbach) - i was finding it all rather fascinating, seeing a part of Germany that i would never probably see at all - cheers Eva! Very beautiful countryside, with windfarms everywhere! They look so peaceful...
Anyway, we arrived with enough time to get a drink in, before the Germany v Argentina game started... and it was nice to see it in a place that was cool, and without people's heads in the way all the time (yes, it appears as though i'm now a football fan! - only for world cup though!)
After the fantastic win, (which, in the country was celebrated by people on the back of a tractor tooting and cheering - such a contrast to Bremen!) we headed off into Korbach, where there was a town festival happening... so, yes, the wine flow was continuous and there were smiles all round!

Next day it was time to dose up on the water after yet another scrumptious breakfast, and then head on over to Eva's mum's place, which is in another small village near Korbach, before heading over to Marburg. Saw some more lovely countryside along the way! Big big thanks to Eva for making a trip into country Germany possible...certainly was off the beaten track and well worth it! :)
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