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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Friday, August 16, 2013

Howdy folks,

I woke up rested and ready to tackle my first day in Duisburg. After a nice breakfast with the Pinno family, we jumped into the car and drove back across the Rhine River into Duisburg North past the big industry. Our first stop was an old coal factory called Landschaftspark which had been turned into an arts and recreational area. There were plenty of things to see and it was a photographer's paradise. We walked through the different areas and got to see a pretty old video of what it was like as a functioning area. Now the only action comes from the German Alpine Club which uses the old concrete walls and towers for rock climbing.

It was time to drive into down and check out the inner city. We parked the car near the harbour and walked along past Knuellermarkt which is one of the local treats. We continued along the Koenigstrasse which is the local pedestrian mall home to a pretty funky fountain called the Lifesaver. At the Forum shopping centre, we headed up to the terrace to have lunch. The wasps were out in force so we had to be careful and I filled up on schnitzel.

Once everyone was full, we took a walk past the Rathaus and the Salvator Church and back to the car. I was told that one of the newest sights to see was called the "Tiger and Turtle", a sculpture created on top of a hill which best resembles a stairway rollercoaster. It wasn't explained why it was called that and it bore no resemblance to a Tiger or a Turtle, but nevertheless was pretty damn cool and we walked all the stairs except the loop.

We drove back home and Heidi was there ready to drive me back to stay at their place for the next few days. I rode the bike over there because it was only a few streets away. In the evening after dinner, we all rode together down to the Rhine River to look at the fireworks. There were plenty of party boats all on the river that came to dock right next to where we were sitting in the field. The climax was a fireworks waterfall which cascaded over the bridge into the water below. There were people everywhere so riding around afterwards was a bit hectic. 

Definitely a big introduction to my first full day in Duisburg!
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