Marie and I packed up and left Berlin Wednesday morning, and found our ride to Hamburg via a popular online website in Germany where drivers post where they are going, when, and price for gas- and then people request rides. It is a very popular and cool system for younger people, and worked out beautifully for us. I managed to not speak one word that entire five hour trip so as to hide the fact that I was American, ha.
Marie’s dad (who is Ben Stiller’s twin, I swear!) picked us up in Hamburg and off we were to Lübeck, Germany.
Spending several days with a beautiful, loving, hospitable family was more than I could have asked for. They treated me like royalty. Although we could not communicate how we would have liked, we learned to improvise. When we couldn’t understand one another, we laughed. When cultural differences were evident, we smiled. This is why I love and miss Europe so much- language is only one small factor when communicating with others… sometimes you have to be creative, but it only makes the experiences richer in the end.
My first day in Northern Germany, Marie’s parents loaded me up with thick layers of clothing and took us girls to the Baltic Sea. Marie’s family was raised by the sea. Her dad is a professional wind surfer, and Marie grew up doing the same. On that cold March morning we went for a beautiful breakfast at a café overlooking the sea, and then spent some time on the beach.
Yes, it was freezing… and windy… but we had an absolute blast!
I think I have already shared my deep love for Germany on this blog.
But are you guys aware of the Germans tradition of “coffee and cake” on a daily basis? At least among the German families I know, they take this tradition very seriously. And yes, every day they have coffee and cake. And I love every minute of it.
When we arrived at Grandma’s house, her table was beautifully set with fine china, an assortment of beautiful cakes, cookies, and creme puffs, and our cups were ready for the coffee to be poured. We sat at that table for over an hour talking, and hearing stories of Grandma’s experiences living in England and New York when she was younger. I fell in love with this family even more that afternoon.
That evening we returned home and had a quiet night watching an epic German TV Reality Cooking Show, and some other fun movies.
Then, the next day we explored beautiful Lübeck, Germany. And boy was I in for a treat! [stay tuned]