Well, with the halfway point of my experience in Germany come and gone. I've been thinking about the things I've done here and how it is a shame that so few people get the amazing opportunity meet so many new people and experience so many new things. And of course I am beyond thankful for this fact--I thought it would be even more rewarding and beneficial to share my experiences with everyone while I log my experiences for myself. So here I go.
I thought about how I could start off a brand-new blog when I've already been traveling in Europe for about 4 months, and I guess the easiest way is to start right where I am right now and try to give background as I go.
Hamburg, Germany is definitely a great place to live. It's only small drawbacks are its almost always between 40-60°F and always rainy, except for in the summer. But besides that, it has something to offer for every interest. This past weekend, my host family drove up to the East Sea, which is about 45-60 minute drive. It really is so beautiful there, besides the fact there's usually an icy wind blowing in your face; however we were lucky enough to have a perfectly cool day--no breeze.
Here is a picture not too many steps away from the shore. As beautiful as this picture is, it really doesn't give the real landscape any justice. The the grass is a perfect green and the yellow and red leaves on the trees are complimented by the blueness of the East Sea. I can understand why on such beautiful days, the parking lots are full and families of all kinds are busying themselves on the paths that line the beach. I can also understand why these people aren't as "weight challenged" as we Americans. But of course, I'm sure if this was only 45 minutes from my home in the U.S., I'd be wasting time in nature too.
After a half an hour walk, we reached a port where I found many people sleeping on benches soaking in the sun or eating one of my favorite foods, fresh caught fish. I was so excited when I found out that I would be getting some for myself. We sat down at a table outside right next to the water. I always let my host family choose for me the most German thing on the menus, so I had Fisch, Kartoffeln, mit ein Glasbier -- fish, potatoes, and a glass of beer. This wasn't any beer though, it was mixed with Sprite or something similar. Probably the best meal I've had in Germany thus far. I love das deutsche Leben -- the German life.