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Dresden, Germany - 23rd October 2011

By: Mr.Panda

iam at my home and wait for the first message.
i hope its a good place :D

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Dresden, Germany - 23rd October 2011

By: Mr.Panda

wow.
in the next days i start my first travel to holidays.
i got to NRW in germany...
Iam so happy.  :cyclops:

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i dont know, germany - 25th October 2011

By: Mr.Panda

i hate the small box, where iam for journey by post.
but if i dont be in the box, i cant travel to [Olgamaus] .
i hope, that iam there today.
i think i sleep for 3-4 houres, good night. ;D

* Posted Oct 25, 2011, 7:52 am Last edited Oct 25, 2011, 7:52 am by Mr.Panda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 25th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi there at home!

What a fast trip! Today I arrived at the house of my first host, Katja.

There is an ugly smell in the air, so we decided to have a look outside.

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Can you see the dark cloud? This is not a rain cloud (like usually in the Bergisches Land), but a fire somewhere in the city. To see more we went to the attic and looked out of the roof light.

Oh dear!

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The air is full of smoulder. The police is driving around with bullhorns and telling everyone to keep the windows and doors closed. This seems a great idea, so we went down to the apartment again.

We were sure that you want to read my first update soon. Oh, I can see my travelog!

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We are waiting for the news on TV now to see what happened in the city.

Bye
raaawww

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 25th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi there,
in the meantime we found out what happened. Just a few minutes ago the online-version o the local newspaper RGA uploaded information and photos.

A large store for floor coverings like wall-to-wall carpets, laminate and parquet floors, paint and wallpapers is burning.

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The store is situated directly at the railway track and the central station, also to one of the most busy streets. The people living in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated. This will mean traffic chaos until late evening.

Bye
raaawww

* Posted Oct 25, 2011, 3:47 pm Last edited Oct 25, 2011, 3:51 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 26th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi there,

when Katja came home from a shopping tour we took a walk in the city centre. Some years ago a former track for freight trains was built to a lane for pedestrians and cyclists. This lane is following the former railway track about 5 km from the central station to the district Hasten.

Remscheid is an industrial city, famous for its tool producing and metal working industry. The history of industrialization goes back to middle ages. Local companies sponsored the lane, so it was called "Trasse des Werkzeugs" (Route of Tools). The lane is crossing industrial sites, both nearly dilapidated buildings as well as those which are still in use and dwellings.

I am living close to thos intersection. In the background (hidden behind a scaffolding) you can see the local court (Amtsgericht).

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Soon we came across the Route of Tools. At some points you can find large signs with the company logos of the sponsoring companies, here also one showing the coat of arms of Remscheid.

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Hey, the green man is familiar to me :)

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A lot of those old factory buildings along the Route of Tools is under monumental protection.

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You can also find distance data painted to the ground. 2 km to walk to the central station.

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This building is part of a whole complex of industrial sites, the former slaughterhouse. Now severeal crafts enterprises and service companies are situated here.

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Here is a relaxing zone with benches.

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Here I also found some of the logo signs.

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We almost reached the central station. A train was coming through a minute later.

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Here you can see the drebis of the store which burned down yesterday. There are still firemen working and investigations concerning the cause of fire are still going on.

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There is still coming smoke out of the debris.

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The central station and the surrounding area were redesigned two years ago. Nowadays you can find a shopping centre here.

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An interesting bridge for pedestrians was opened just a few weeks ago, it is crossing a busy street with several traffic lights.

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The bridge is leading towards the city centre. Due to the topographical situation of the city you have to walk uphill for about 10 minutes to reach the beginning of the shopping area.

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We found a nice place in the sun to enjoy a coffee.

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Bye
raaawww


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Remscheid, Germany - 27th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi there,

today I went to the city centre to meet Katja's sister who will take me on a holiday trip to Heligoland.

The first photo was taken in th e vicinity of my current home. Here are many lovely old houses which survived World War Ii.

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In the background of the next photo you can see the water tower, visible from far away, beacause the city centre of Remscheid is situated on a hill.

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This is the city hall.

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I hopped into the backpack of Katja's sister than. You will hear from me after my island trip :)

Bye
raaawww

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Cuxhaven, Germany - 29th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi,
we are in Cuxhaven now, waiting for the ship which will take us to Heligoland.

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raaaw

* Posted Nov 10, 2011, 8:22 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


on the ship, to Heligoland - 29th October 2011

By: olgamaus

We were ready to leave.

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I was already feeling seasick and there were about 30 km to go with the ship.

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raaawww

* Posted Nov 10, 2011, 8:32 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Heligoland, Germany - 29th October 2011

By: olgamaus

We reached Heligoland!

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This is all for today :)

Bye
raaawww

* Posted Nov 10, 2011, 3:02 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Heligoland, Germany - 30th October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi,
today it was my first complete day on Heligoland. Here you can see me sitting in our apartment.

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This is one of the really few "usual" trucks. Most vehicles are electric vehicles.

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Bye for now
raaawww

* Posted Nov 10, 2011, 3:06 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Heligoland, Germany - 31st October 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi,

today I experienced interesting things. But first let me tell you some facts about Heligoland.

Heligoland is is a small German island group in the North Sea, about 46 km apart from the mainland. It is the only offshore-island. There are two islands: The main island and the Dune, a small island, surrounded by sand beaches and not permanently inhabited. The islands were connected until 1720, until the natural connection was destroyed by a storm flood.

The main island is commonly divided into the Unterland (Lower Land) at sea level where the harbour is located, the Oberland (Upper Land) consisting of the plateau and the Mittelland (Middle Land) between them on one side of the island. The whole area is about 1,7 km² large.

Heligoland is a holiday resort nowadays and enjoys a tax-exempt status, as it is part of the EU but excluded from the EU VAT area  and customs union. Consequently, much of the economy is founded on sales of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and perfumes to tourists who visit the islands.

There is also a search and rescue (SAR) base of the DGzRS, the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger ("German Maritime Search and Rescue Service") on Heligoland.

We started today's trip with in the shopping street.

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Of course I was really interested in native inhabitants of Heligoland. Here is the first one that I met.

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Lawnmowers :D :D !

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They were coming closer ...

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Not that close, please!

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Let's enjoy the landscape. Here you can see the lighthouse. It was built in World War II as an anti-aircraft warfare and was turned into a lighthouse in 1952.

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On the next photo you can see the lighthouse and the Heligoland radio tower.

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I had to be careful at the cliff line.

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Here you can see one of Heligoland's landmarks: The Lange Anna (Tall Anna) which is is a 47 metres (154 ft) high sea stack of Buntsandstein. A wall was built around it to protect it from the breakers and marine erosion.

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They are even having a green monster here :)

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We also had a look at the harbour.

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I was so tired than that I went into bed immediately.

Bye
raaawww

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Heligoland, Germany - 1st November 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
due to the fantastic weather we spent the day at the beach. I am not the only travelling toy here :) There are bears and beavers.

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That was a really lazy day :)

Bye
raaawww

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Heligoland, Germ - 2nd November 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
today's trip brought us  to the harbour.

I thought this might have been the coat of arms of Heligoland, but it wasn't.

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These are fish traps. FISH trap - not an OWL trap!!!

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This is common sea-buckthorn, extremely sour but also extremely healthy. You can cook jam from the berries, make juice or even liqueur from them. These plants are growing along the whole coastlines in Middle Europe and Northern Europe.

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There is a an open-air  museum, showing interesting things from the island.

A buoy ...

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We found a map of the island. You can see that it is rather small :)

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This is a beach cabin. When there was a storm flood, they could be secured easily.

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My very favourite photo:

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Bye for now
raaawww

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Heligoland, Germany - 3rd November 2011

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
today we made another sightseeing tour across the island.

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There are several paths leading from the lower land to the upper land, one of them a long stair.

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Bye
raaawww

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