A Travellerspoint blog

May 2016

When the thunder rolls & the lightening strikes.....

...right in front of you all you can do is laugh at how everyone ducks.

Another big day on foot about 20km or so in the humidy lucky we were pretty much back at our hotel when the storm hit. There's a lot to see but I think we got most of it in there's a limit of how many churches you can admire. We beat the crowds to Wawel & the castle & explored the grounds, marvelled at the buildings in the old town, ate ice cream in the rain, window shopped.



Suz you may have a lot of songs about you but I bet you don't have a church!! Yes check out my church Corpus Christi (sorry it's so big it didn't all fit in the pic)


The sobering part of the day was a visit to the Jewish area, it kinda sent shivers down your spine. The chair monument made you stop & think, I was a little disappointed in Oskar Schindlers factory I expected an older building think it may have been rendered. There was the unkept graves & old gravestone walls in the Jewish cemetery.


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The lion sleeps tonight while we sip beer at the zoo!!

Simba was really sleeping, well dozing more to the point. Pumba was running around not wanting to pose for a pic, Timon well he wasn't there. No we didn't jet off to Africa today just spent some time at the Hamburg Zoo. Properly the best zoo I've been too, great selection of animal and the enclosures were barely noticeable. We made sure to pop into the kangaroos and say g'day mate. Even stumbled across some dinosaurs but there conversational skills were pretty non existent. We came across a kiosk selling beer yes beer inside the zoo, we have discovered anything goes in Hamburg.



Tomorrow we board the train for Poland, my feet & legs are looking forward to a rest day

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From same sex marriage to the Reeperbahn

We walked almost 20km* on foot exploring Hamburg and the things we saw.....

Our great timing saw that we were in Hamburg the same time as the Queen Mary 2 is in dry dock for renovations. The World (largest residential ship) was also in port along with a large number of other cruise passengers.

We crossed under the Elbe River at 21m below surface by foot through the tunnel, where the most dangerous aspect was getting hit by a bicycle (quoted by Birte).


There was a trip to Saint Michaelis where we braved a trip to the top of the bell tower & the crypt but the highlight was attending a wedding. We sat in the church resting our weary feet watching people arrive, how nice a wedding we thought let's sit a bit longer & watch what unfolds during a German wedding, bet his the groom we thought checking out a guy all dressed up, oh the bride must have arrived, how lovely she looks, where did the groom go, hang on the bridesmaid is also wearing a wedding dress & A VEIL! Is this a wedding???? I can now say I have attending a type of wedding a lot of other Australians haven't... A same sex marriage. Needless to say we sat through the whole thing, it wasn't much different to any other wedding.


Again our great timing meant we saw a protest about giving the refugees housing, etc.

An amazing time was had marvelling at the Miniature Wunderland, I think we were only meant to be there an hour, two later... We felt we had travelled the world. The details were amazing, the planes even took off from the airport. I loved how they managed to sneak in some adult only laughs, kinda fitted into our day.


An interesting time was had walking through the Reeperbahn, I may never look at a bum bag, tights & what looked like ugg boots in the same way again. I loved that these girls were standing on the other side of the street outside the police station. We overheard one offering to provide her services to a guy in the Burger King they were standing outside of. We also stumbled across where the Beatles were made famous.


*according to my Garmin watch

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Safely Arrived in ...where are we?

After nearly 24 hours & 3 flights we found Birte in the Hamburg airport. Our first flight was a bit bumpy and I shut the window shade when I saw the lightening outside the window, I didn't mention it to Mum until we were safely in Hamburg. I must have looked dodgy in Copenhagen I got pulled aside for a random body scan which resulted in my arm been frisked (hair lacky I'm guessing) I then got my bag drug tested & then at passport control 20 questions but they let me in so all good.

From my window

Teddy bear lamp & people sculpture Doha airport. Like a kid in a Lego store Copenhagen airport

To avoid falling asleep at Birte's we went to the Plants & Blooms park (bit like a botanical garden) very relaxing


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