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Flag of Germany  , Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Thursday, June 23, 2011

I arrived Wismar in the rain.  A cloudy evening with dampness in the air, dreary as I looked around the empty train station.  I sat on the only bench there was...finding Blues "raincoat" as she and I hate it when she's wet. I didn't wait long before Momke arrived to take us away. 
We went to his flat to drop off my things and get settled.  Another beautiful place to "hang my hat" for a bit.  With a view of the harbor, sailboats and a big kitchen to utilize I was quite satisfied.  We went to the grocery store that evening which was actually a very exciting event for me. I hadn't been to a real grocery store in quite awhile; outside markets or small grocers was what I had been used to. But now, I had a big, American sized, super-something, selling toilet paper, baby formula and car oil all at the same place...this was American style all the way.  I didn't realize until a few days after why I had so much fun in that store, really...I guess I do miss the "largeness" of some things back home (they do have large McDonalds fries here.  I shouldn't know that but I do) Anyhow, we stopped to pick up pizza that night from Momke's favorite Italian restaurant...one of which I've been to many times now. It is pretty darn good, I'll admit.
Wismar has been a nice "get-away" for me if that can make sense to anyone...  Not sure how to describe it but let's say I haven't had to think, plan, organize, contemplate, make decisions...at least not on the scale I've been used to.  Wismar is a picturesque little place where not too much is going on, and I'm enjoying that.  It has a low-key feel to it, relaxing of course as it's near the water.  I've enjoyed scenic drives where I get to jump out of the car and take pictures of the horses, flowers and sailboats. I've done a bit of cooking and baking which I've missed dearly. Give me access to a kitchen and I'm good to go. I make myself at home pretty well wherever I am (many of you know this...) I think of all the families I used to work for, house-sitting, dog-sitting, baby-sitting (interesting how none of it involves "sitting")...and have always enjoyed it.  
There were a few days for an afternoon or so I was able to get Momke to take me for a little trip to  different cities; each near the water. There was a music festival one afternoon in Kiel where we watched interesting entertainment...men riding their bikes off a ramp into the water (Germans...)  I dont get it.  Good music, beautiful boats and a German beer.  Good day.
So I think I begged every day to drive the car.  I've been missing driving and here was my chance.  All I heard was "no, no and no."  Until...I was needed to drive of course.  Something happened to Momke's shoulder and I was in charge of driving him to the Osteopath, hospital, pharmacy...McDonalds.  I was a happy girl in the drivers seat...showing him that women from the states know how to drive, drive well, and drive a manual car.  I killed it twice, that was it (something's different with their shift).  Rules on the road a bit different here. For instance bicyclist's seem to have the right away no matter what. I had a very angry 60 year old with me when I assumed the right away...and a "concerned" passenger. I tried explaining in America as a cyclist you are always looking out for cars even if you do have the right away (I'm not claiming to know the biker rules), and would never bolt out in front of a car expecting them to know you're coming from left field...that led to a conversation.
It's been on and off rain since I've been in Wismar, more drops than sunshine...but was able to enjoy laying in the sun a few days.  I've done a bit of meandering the city, shopping, cafes and finding random dogs to pet.  I think I saw the cutest dog ever (I know Jackie...this one's right up there with Gabbs).  It looked like a blown-up stuffed dog...it felt like silk... I can't remember the breed.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  I approached the owner who was an older gentleman and realized quickly we wouldn't be able to communicate...he only spoke German.  I communicated my love for the dog well I think...
I'm happy to say I've done a bit of "work" while in Wismar.  Momke manages a tour company having ships at various ports and you guessed it...they give boat tours of the harbor and to several islands.  One of the German employees wrote an english "explanation guide" for lack of better words, and I was in charge of editing it. I felt very productive actually.  I'm thinking I could start earning some money doing this kind of thing!  
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Cheri on

Beautiful photos. Love the horse pictures by the water. Sure looks good!

Kristy on

Are you going to move to Wismar?

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