When my Mom returned from a sailing trip the other day I tagged along with my Dad to drive up to Bremerhaven to pick her up. To be honest, there’s a lot about sailing on a tall ship I don’t get: in addition to the obvious question, why anyone would pay money to cram themselves into these tiny compartments and work eight hours a day, I have always been skeptical about why sailors have so many knots. Check out that article, their numbers are ridiculous. I think it’s just to make themselves look important and the rest of us feel like idiots. I think, science should by now have converged on a single knot that combines the best aspects of all the other ones. Hence consolidation in the knot market is definitely overdue.
Regardless, it was fun seeing Butjadingen again. When I was a kid (some twenty years ago) our family had been vacationing there a couple of times and seeing the places again, the memories returned of all the fun times we had had there.
For lunch we stopped in Fedderwardersiel a tiny, but really beautiful fishing town. And though I don’t normally fancy fish, it felt inappropriate to order steak. So I had the fish platter at Dat Havenhuus (“the harbor house”) which was really good in fact.
On the way back, we must have passed by a few hundred wind turbines, which the landscape has been dotted with over the years. You literally can’t turn anywhere without seeing a couple of them in the distance. It’s actually a bit of an eyesore when looking over the otherwise completely flat countryside with its uninhibited vistas.
It has been awhile since my Israel vacation. And since I don’t think I will be able to go on another big vacation anytime soon, I have planned a couple more of these quick trips to other parts of Germany for the coming months. In May I am going to Korbach with our drama group (again), and I also want to go see Frankfurt (I’m finally going to take you up on that offer, M) and Münster this summer. Stay tuned…
Post scriptum: Pictures are courtesy of my Dad, taken under my supervision and instruction, and published here with his permission.