Day 5 - Flensburg to Nørre Aaby

Trip Start May 20, 2013
Trip End Jul 05, 2013

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Flag of Denmark  , Syddanmark,
Friday, May 24, 2013

Up about 0830 after a very restful night's sleep. We were a bit concerned, if our German was correct, that if we didn't vacate our pitch provided free by the town of Flensburg for tourist people only, definitely not workers at all, that was right out, between 0800 and 1500, we would be fined an unspecified amount by an official from the town hall. At least we think that is what the notice says. However despite a few motorhomes setting off before 8, there were plenty left and no fines were handed out. Either we got it wrong, or the sign should have read 'Tourists welcome, Gipsies sod off.'

We watched some of the sailing boats leave the harbour while we had breakfast. Then we did as travellers to Denmark have done since time immemorial - set the Satnav to take us to the nearest Lidl to load up with wine and food to sustain us during our trek across Scandinavia. The bus having been stuffed to overflowing with German produce, we decided to abandon it in the Lidl car park and wander down to the harbour. We realised that we risked a €70 fine if we stayed longer than an hour, but reasoned that people in Flensburg were a bit unGermanically unrigorous about applying fines, and in this we were subsequently proved correct.

In fact there is evidence that many things in Germany are going to the dogs. Alison used the toilets in the town Badhaus and discovered that the only cubicle with bog roll on the holder had said holder padlocked to prevent theft. Sadly this meant that you couldn't shut the door. So one was forced to choose between privacy and hygiene. Or stock up with handfuls of bumf before swapping bogs, but the point of the story is that this is the sort of thing you expect in Greece, not the Bundesrepublik.

Flensburg is a surprisingly nice old town, with a boat museum you can browse for free as you walk along the harbour side. Then the quest for free wifi led us to stop for coffee in a pleasant cafe. Coffees were drunk, emails were checked and the last two days' blogs were zapped into cyberspace. We couldn't do it before because much of it had been typed on the iPad and for some frustrating reason we can't get it to pair with my phone on Bluetooth, and thereby connect using 3G. (However, dear reader, fear not. If we ever again find ourself similarly digitally challenged, AlistairWilson9 will tweet updates till the full digital superhighway can be re-accessed.) Alison lashed out 10p and had a 5 minute catch up Skype Out phone call with her Mum. All seems well in Kilbirnie.

With a full tank of diesel, over the border to Denmark. The country looks remarkably like Scotland in places, if much flatter. On many places on the Baltic, you could easily imagine yourself on the East Coast of Scotland. They even have a bridge that looks a bit like the Forth Bridge. Except that they are repairing it, not replacing it. This took us onto Fyn and we decided to pay for camping at Ronęs Strand Camping and chill out after over 1000 miles on the road in the last few days. Parked overlooking the bay. Wifi, a bit slow, but good enough to catch up with emails, blogging etc. The ACSI discount includes electricity, but we are now so self sufficient, I couldn't be bothered getting the cable out the boot.

It was about 17C today, but it felt warmer, and the sun felt stronger, although it is perhaps just the novelty value for us Scots this spring that confuses us.

We went for a walk this evening to the viewpoint over the fjord. We took a wrong turning and ended walking in close proximity to a huge byre full of cows. They didn't take kindly to our presence and let us know noisily. Probably won't give any milk for a week in protest.

Back at the campsite watched the sun set over the bay. Decided to open one of the bottles of wine bought for smuggling into Norway. We are really beginning to feel on holiday.

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Chris Conroy on

Enoy the trip – enjoying the trip vicariously from here in the US.

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