continuing with, Let’s talk about travel…
We entered Germany from the east after leaving Prague, headed to Kempen on the north-western side, where we were staying with friends.
We had to change trains four times to get to our destination, but it was easy with every train running precisely on the time. We were introduced into the country (not our first time here, but have always flown before), by the easy on the eye and relaxed countryside…well, you can tell by now that I truly love countryside. But things changed as we got to Nürnberg, where we were catching the connecting train to Düsseldorf.
There was a sudden influx of passengers, business executives mostly and some probably going to Frankfurt as the train goes via this busy city.
The first class carriage started resembling a busy shopping mall at month-end…you get the picture. We seemed to be the only ones around with backpacks and could be probably mistaken as “lost” as we look anything but business-like. We need not have worried because on the next station came in, a big family obviously on holiday with three small kids, who now turned the place to resemble a day-care centre. They were screaming and jumping around enjoying their train ride.
The executives by now were rushing out to the “private booths / cabins” equipped with their laptops and gadgets. It’s interesting to observe the change of a relaxed atmosphere to that of a fast-paced and probably stressed business world. Of course it’s no fault of their own, we all have to make a living after all. I know this business world quite well, I‘ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
We arrived at our friends place to a warm welcome as usual. They had even gone to the trouble of baking hubby a belated birthday cake. Friends are really a blessing and need to be treasured. Our trip couldn’t have been so wonderful if we did not have all these caring and generous friends, who let us invade their homes from time to time so as not to spend so much money on hotels.
It was rainy and cool there, which suited us well after the hot days in Prague. We were spending only two nights and we made the best of it by simply resting at home, home-cooked meals, catching up and sight-seeing. I really enjoy the company of our friends as they travel a lot and we always exchange our weirdest encounters and the dumbest things we have done on our journeys.
Sight-seeing included the following amongst others:
Germany print /isiShweshwe has it’s own history in South Africa and nowadays creative fashion designers have re-invented it to appeal to the younger generation.