A trip through the countryside

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
Trip End Jul 21, 2007

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

We had originally planned on taking a train into Berlin at this stop but the more we thought about a 3 hour train ride in each direction on a non-air conditioned train, in order to spend 6 hours in Berlin, the less interested we became. We therefore changed plans and decided to visit this small seaside town. Our only regret was being unable to meet with our friend Erika who stayed with us in 1992. As it turned out, a delay the night before caused the 8:30 train ride to be delayed until after 10am and even if we had gone Erika would not have been able to find out about the delay so it's doubtful that we would have been able to meet her afterall. This late start caused the return train to arrive back at the ship very close to midnight. We were then very glad for the decision we made earlier.

Our guide was a very attractive 22 year old college student studying biology and sports in order to become a high school teacher. At the end of the day I told him I'd like to take him home to our granddaughter and he said he'd meet us at the ship but we couldn't find him when it came time to sail.

The first stop on our tour was an old monastery at Bad Doberan.

The building was beautiful inside and out.

Alex told us about the life style of the monks who lived there prior to the reformation. They lived grueling days on a very poor diet and the average life expectancy for the monks was 35 years. So many died at the monistary that they eventually ran into someone else's bones when they tried to bury someone new. As a result they build a bone tower to store the bones they dug up to bury the recently deceased.

Leaving Bad Doberan it was clear we were in a rural area.

We took a narrow gauge railroad trip originally built so the royalty could easily go from inland to the shore of the Baltic Sea. The train traveled through several small towns and was clearly used by the residents as public transportation. And many people go from place to place by bike.

After a snack stop we were given time for souvenir shopping but we weren't very impressed with what was available. In fact on this entire trip we found souvenir shopping very difficult. Here we were clearly in a tacky tourist area. Some of our group walked through the resort area to the Sea. Again we waited on the bus. Apparently nude beaches are quite the thing in Germany. Our guide told us he couldn't tell us where they were because we'd all miss the ship. George took a bicycle tour and his guide took the cycle group to visit one. I don't know which picture he likes the best.

Hopefully by the next time we travel our walking will be less challenging.
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