One To Forget

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Howdy folks,

For me to say that I would just like to forget this week would be right on the money. I was set to have a long 6 day stretch of German school and perhaps get out and join some more festivities, but sadly it wasn't to be. Instead I spent from Wednesday to Saturday with Gastro. Yes its a delightful illness: diarrhea, stomach cramps, headaches and painful bloating. I'm just glad that I'm finally starting to feel better and I can eat more than a piece of bread without feeling sick. If you are looking at losing a few kilos of weight in a few days, I'm sure there are better ways of doing it!

Still, I managed to get myself to German school 4 times and even to the Mannheim Christmas Market on Friday night albeit for a short time. This particular market is centered around the old Wasserturm complete with 125 year old carousel, a small ferris wheel and the usual gathering of christmas stalls. It was good fun for Leonie: she enjoyed all the rides. I couldn't stomach a gluhwein or even a pretzel though.

I'm happy to report that my snowball lasted the week although much reduced in size. Thankfully the weather has been warming up 5 degrees so it hasn't been as cold. I also managed to watch quite a few episode of Dr House being stuck at home! Oliver just got his new car: an Opel Astra after writing his old one off a few weeks ago. I also put in my work and holiday visa application at the local town hall and found out an interesting fact: you have to register your location if you a resident in Germany and put your name on the letter box if you want any official mail! Apparently I was an illegal resident for 8 weeks because I wasn't registered!

I began to write a book about my roadtripping experiences because I learnt a lot of information that I didn't know when I began and thought that it might be useful to pass on. Plus with so much spare time on my hands and no money it seemed like a good idea! However after 2000 words I came to the conclusion that although my experience was valuable to me, there are an infinite number of variations on the theme that I don't have experience in and therefore cannot write about i.e. driving a motorhome, crossing foreign language borders and travelling in the third world. So either I would have to be really, really specific about the topic to write upon i.e. Budget Roadtripping in North America (and sell no books) or just chalk up the experience to one of life's lessons. If you do have any questions about roadtripping, don't hesitate to ask! I'm rubbish at fiction writing, perhaps I'll leave my hobby to blogging instead; its more 21st Century.

On a side note, I did find this article online about young Australians making less domestic travel. I think it was a rubbish comparison that people under 30 therefore must be making less roadtrips.There are so many different factors to consider that this article definitely doesn't such as: motive, demographic and culture. Obviously if you can fly there for half the price and save time people do it, but if the goal is to see everything along the way then it doesn't really matter. I just hope that people consider more than just flying to Melbourne for the weekend to get away, there are plenty of nice places in the Adelaide Hills, Flinders Ranges or even Eyre Peninsula that you can't fly to.

So I have one more week of German school and although my German is improving it isn't quite good enough for any sort of meaningful job. It looks like I will have to apply for all the boring, low paid jobs in supermarkets or maybe give housekeeping a go! Wouldn't that be a role reversal for Steffie and I? She is now working in an office! I guess the plan is to start applying for jobs after Christmas and worth through to next summer so we can do some more travelling although Steffie being full time has less flexibility on her hands. Its the same old story, either you have money or time, but rarely both!
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