We took these photos (left and below) from the same spot. Such a unique city.
Our tiny little 4 bed room.
The photo is a bit deceptive as the gap between the bottom and top bunk was not as small as this looks and even Brendon was comfortable under me. Asher slept with me and Graham and Aleks had one child on each of their beds. The beds were long enough too and Brendon managed fine. The top bunk just looked really short because of that wall. We found the beds really comfortable and felt it was a great choice for accomodation.
The coffee is a bit of a story too. Germans like their coffee VERY strong. So although we were adjusting - we still added a bit of hot water to the machine made coffee. It sure is growing on us though.
Below: The view of the main road. We were far enough away to not hear any traffic. It gave beautiful lighting though.
Brendon and I got packed up quickly as we wanted to get to have a canal tour before our train left at mid day.
One interesting thing that was pointed out was these hooks at the top of the houses (I put the red circles around them). They are for hoisting furniture up to get through the windows as the stairs are normally too narrow.
The tour "guide" was a recording and it played in every language of the current passengers. So the driver just checked languages as people got on and programmed it to play accordingly. We had at least 4 or 5 different languages represented on our boat.
Left: We saw a few draw bridges too.
We ended up not going past Ann Frank house but heard from Graham that they ended up on a canal tour too and did go past it. It wasn't anything really special to see. So we didn't miss out on much. It was a lovely experience and we got to see a lot and learn a lot about the city.
When we got to the open water he sped up quite a bit. It was interesting to see how fast the boat could go. I was thankful it wasn't too bumpy though as Brendon does get sea sick.
What we did not anticipate was the amount of traffic there would be. The normal 30 minute drive took them well over an hour. Then there was an accident between the Ottersburg station and their home - so Graham could not even get through to us.
Aleks wanted to walk home within 5 minutes of us arriving. I felt we needed to wait (and didn't like the thought of carrying Asher all that way).
After feeding Asher though (my milk was the only thing available for her dinner) and waiting an hour - I agreed that we had no choice but to start walking. Asher was now ready for a sleep - so I needed to have her in the sling anyway.
|We spotted many of these "double story" bike racks. I got a photo from the train on the way home.|
|A canal on our way home. We also saw windmills but could|
not manage to get a nice photo of one.
Eventually we stopped at a Chinese diner to buy some food to take home with us and Aleks checked her phone again. She was surprised to see a missed call from Graham. She quickly called him back. They had gotten home, he had tried to come but seen the accident and gone back home. Charged his phone and tried to call. He quickly came and picked us up (now that we were passed the accident he could get to us) and we were VERY thankful to all be reunited and enjoy a lovely Chinese dinner - TOGETHER. What an adventurous and full two days we had.
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