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Entshuldigung…

So we are in Germany! We’ve made it to our friends house in Denklingen which is a smidge south west of Munich. Stunning Bavarian countryside, hilly yes, hard work on the legs, granted, but worth it.  Since our last post we’ve sampled Strasbourg, where I traded in my Washburn Rover for a bright orange yukalalie guitar (so me) and watched excellent live music having seen a poster with a banjo and guitar blazoned on it.

We’ve wild camped some more, which I think we are both really getting into, it feels quite exciting waking up knowing that you have successfully sneaked through the night un-noticed by anyone. It’s also very peaceful sleeping too, much more pleasant than cramming as many tents as possible into a small patch of grass at an over priced campsite (which if you hadn’t gathered seems to be the way it is done here – well at least at the places we have been to anyway). With wild camping too, we get up early so’s not to be discovered and as a result, end up achieving good klicks by lunchtime, it’s such a mental boost knowing that any extra klicks on the road in the afternoon are a bonus.

Crossing over the boarder for us was a real high moment, one country under our belt, cool. It felt good. And even though there is no passport control or any walled divide, the contrast between the two places was literally instant for us. Behind us the streets of France had been quite empty, void of people in comparison to what Germany now felt like, full of kids playing, nordic walkers and runners and other cyclists alongside us on route. And again, everyone is very friendly, if we stop and look at the map for a moment a bike will pull up beside us and ask if we need help or direct us to the best places to visit and best routes to take on the bikes, I can’t say how good it is – who needs a guide book when there are PEOPLE around!

And talking of nice folk, we met a really cool couple also traveling by bike at the lake of Constance, too bad Danny and Natalie were heading in the opposite direction as I think they’d have been good company on the road – we shared the morning with them and they introduced us to a proper sit down breakfast (as opposed to eating perched on the bike – so Thanks!)

Good to see some newbies on the blog when we looked at it last night, but where is Nige-e Nige-Nige and Kate?? lots of love Mxx

 

Discussion

12 Responses to “Entshuldigung…”

  1. All sounds won.der.ful Mary! Where are you planning on going after Germany?

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    Posted by Elle | August 3, 2011, 4:03 pm
  2. Nice to see two very smiley faces beaming at us now from Deutschland!
    And I can see the attractions of that peaceful green tranquil spot in the field as against the crazy campsite … not quite Hi-de-Hi but probably feels a tad too full of happy campers all determined to enjoy themselves come rain or shine! I guess sometimes its good to go wild and sometimes you feel like people-bustle around ( plus the benefit of a shower block! )
    Want to see that orange guitar! Might have known you’d be tempted by a fetching orange one Mouse!
    Love you … happy days, happy strumming both of you …. Mum xx

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    Posted by Mum - Jen | August 3, 2011, 7:50 pm
  3. Hidi- hi

    Glad that you guys are in Germany and have as you say 1 country under you belt! We have sent on the water filter hope that you get it very soon, just send a text eh to let paul know (he says) we love looking at the photos guys, you both look so happy and very “toned”. Love you guys.

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    pete Reply:

    thanks Caro. We’re bloody thirsty… haven’t drunk a thing in three weeks waiting for the filter!

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    Posted by Calaline | August 3, 2011, 8:24 pm
  4. Can’t imagine what’s hiding in that beard by now! You both look very happy, keep safe. Love Sue and Frank xx

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    Posted by Sue | August 4, 2011, 8:59 pm
  5. Heya Guys! So are you coming through italy on your way? Hope to see you would be great if you stopped at the farm, maybe you can camp…hope to hear from you both soon.

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    pete Reply:

    Hi Lora and Marco
    We’re definitely heading for Italy. We’re staying with some friends near Munich at the moment and will be heading south in about 5 days or so. We’re trying to research the best way to cross the Alps into Italy before we start. So you guys are on the North-west coast near Pisa? I’ll get back to you before we leave Germany to let you know for sure… it would be really great to meet up. Sure you don’t mind a little tent pitched on the farm stay?
    Speak soon. Pete

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    Posted by Lora & Marco | August 5, 2011, 5:58 am
  6. I think the scenery is amazing in that part of Germany that you are in, it is so beautiful. Enjoying the photos too – maybe not the road-kill ones quite as much as the others though. You are looking toned and fit both of you. Love the idea of an orange instrument, how about a photo of that too?

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    Posted by Mum/Marian | August 7, 2011, 7:27 pm
  7. Hiya

    Just to say that I’m back from Russia (the hottest country in the world! You were wise to avoid it!) and am ready to pollute your journal saying how much I, Ric and Antoshka miss you! To be seriouse, I’m very happy to see you so happy! Do it fo us guys, as we’ll never have a chance!

    Take care. Lots of love, N x

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    Jeanie Reply:

    Hey Natasha,

    Get in touch – I don’t have your number.

    Happy future campings.

    J x

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    Posted by Natasha | August 9, 2011, 7:10 am
  8. UKULELE! :) That will be all! x

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    Posted by Andy Degnen | August 10, 2011, 7:53 pm
  9. Hello! We think of you guys often and tell of the stories of acorn bread and the enormous trip you guys are on. God speed and perhaps you’ll keep cycling to NZ!!! Talk soon. Danny

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    Posted by Danny & Natalie | October 14, 2011, 6:26 am

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