Discovering the island of Sylt

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Flag of Germany  , Schleswig-Holstein,
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Very very early start to the day, up at 6am, a quick breakfast and in the car to drive to the local railway station to catch the train to Germany's most northern area, the island of Sylt. I suppose in theory it is no longer an island because it is joined to the mainland by a railway. No roads to the island at all. You can drive your car there but the last 20km or so it will have to go on a train in order to get there. Very unique. Anyway the 4 of us travelled by train and hired a small car on the island to get around in, easier that way. The trip there takes 2 hours 40 min but for some reason unknown to us, it always runs late. Typical German railway they say, both private and public rail, always runs late. So be it, we were cool, the sun was shining once again , all is good. As soon as we got there we picked up the car and went for a drive around the island. It is a very different scene there, very rugged and oh so windy. The architecture  is very special to look at, all the roofs are thatched even the new houses have thatched roofs. The main town of Westerland is very touristy and has not got the same look but the smaller towns are a delight to look at and walk through. We decided to go for a walk on the beach before we had a cuppa, some walk, the wind was incredibly strong and we were walking into it as well. I felt the water and it was very very cold. Frank informed me that it would be no more than 6 or 7 degrees. He was game enough to take his shoes and socks off in order to test the water. Brave man. Had a good cuppa once we got of the beach. The young waiter serving us had spend 2 years in Australia, loved it that much , he had a map of Oz tattood on his stomach.I asked him to show me for 2 reasons, one to see if it was true and 2 because he had a good body to look at , and yes he had a map of Australia tattood on his tummy. Satisfied on both counts. The rest of our visit was spend looking around , enjoying a very late lunch. Soon enough it was time to head back to the railway station. Caught the 5.30pm train back,sat back in order to enjoy the journey home. The train made its normal stop at a place called Husum ( an hour into our journey ) where we were all promptly told to get off the train and wait an hour for the next train to come along. It seemed that the crew normally change at this point, but one of them ( the guard ) had not turned up for work so the train was cancelled. You would think that they would be able to find a replacement or the other guy could do a bit of overtime. No such thing of course. So we waited for an hour,tired and thirsty and hopped on the next train to complete our trip home. We laughed about it all but a lot of people were very angry.
Nice to get home all the same and relax in an easy chair.
We had a realy nice day, different and special.
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