Cheese, mostly

Trip Start Jul 2003
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Trip End May 2005


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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Number 3 (25th July 2003 - 3th August 2003)
Apologies for the lack of communications, we have tried to write this on a number of occasions, the last time being in the bowels of some eastern european city train station.
Still can't remember if it was whirls or swirls from city (m) but we went on a mission to try and find something of interest. First stop was a film and food festival with food from all the countries of the world, William was in heaven! I ended up in Vietnam and Will in Japan! We went to the Spanish Lipenzzana horse school for a few handy hints and tips. We then went on an over night train (18 hrs) to Country (n); we travelled over many bridges and through many tunnels to get to this wonderful wonderful city (o). We went to a free state in the heart of the city called Christiania where there were many strange goings on and was rather reminiscent of Amsterdam. It was amazing how the people there live in around a countryside lake as though it weren't in the middle of a large city. I somehow fell asleep with a torch stuck to my head and throughout the following day had a imprint of it! Before departing we woke up at 5am and had a walk on the beach where we found the locals having their morning skinny dip in the sea; most amusing when you've got your clothes on!
Took the train over the longest tunnel/bridge in the world to new country and city (p). Not too impressed with this place except the free camping in the local
habour. Walked around town to find some treasures but found nothing, except an art nouveau chemist shop.
Still smelling of that Appenzellar cheese. Didn't stay here long and took the 3am ferry to Germany's largest island.
Arrived in city (q) in the afternoon had a good look round for old Charlie near the Potsdamer platz. The high flyer took my fancy but Will with his love of heights made the decision not to go on the huge helium balloon 150 feet up! The Reichstag with it's new glass dome designed by Sir Norman Foster (and which UK building did he receive his knight hood for?) Had a look around the zoo and ate more cheese which we're still convinced was a potato. Watched a woman play the drums in the square over looked by a ruined cathedral.
Found out that the woman was actually a man. We keep having funny dreams (Andy Rose eating Hake and chips is recurrent). We went to the Bebelplatz where the first burning of books took place (underground monument of an empty library) and walked through the ruins of destroyed palaces. Went to the East Gallery; 300 metres of art work on the longest remaining stretch of wall.
For the first time we planned to catch a train and almost missed it running with 25 kilos on your back isn't the easiest thing to do! Our passports were checked and stamped a number of times. No-one was very forth coming with information about where we could camp but eventually we got there (a mad lady's back garden).
City (r) was very pleasant and the beer was very cheap! About 12p per bottle, went to many local drinking halls and had a wee taste of their offerings. Benny O might remember the torture museum and the ruthless and evil ways of the medieval people; it seems thought that it was always the Germans who were the really nasty people. The zoo in this city was washed away by terrible floods in August last year but they have reconstructed the most magnificent place I have ever been to. The chair lift up to the top gave us a great view of the whole city and deposited us in front of one of the largest collections of Przewalski horses. The last evening in this breathtaking city took us to the castle and through the winding streets down to the old part of the city which even on a Sunday evening was brimming with people.
We were standing by this lake the other evening and we noticed that all of the blades of grass were pointing north. We think it must have been a magnetic field.
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Willie and Emmsie
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