Von Trier aus nach Luxemburg, durch Belgien, Feste mitmachen und weiter nach Brügge, wie in einem Märchen sieht das dort aus, weiter in die Niederlande, die Küste entlanglaufen, weiter bis in das verrückte Amsterdam trampen. Da haben wir eine neue Mitreisende kennengelernt und sind zusammen bis nach Norddeutschland, Hamburg und Bremen, gereist. Nächste Station Copenhagen…
From Trier to Luxembourg, passing through Belgium, the Gensten Festen and fairy tale Brugge, in the Netherlands walked down the coast and arrived in crazy Amsterdam, met a new companion and kept on our way to the north of the country before crossing the next border back to Germany (Bremen and Hamburg) which lead us to Denmark and finally now Copenhagen…
And as fast as time flies, we have been on the move for a month. It is always hard to recall how much time has passed since the beginning of our trip. We don’t plan a route of cities to visit, nor how long it will take us from one place to the next one. How long are we staying? Yeah, why stressing so much. We live and decide everything in the moment and for a change, it is a complete relieve to just let yourself go and be surprised by the outcome of your lack of decision making. Cities are always a pleasure to visit and camping wild in nature can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can imagine. We are restless and tired when the night falls, but amazed of how much we have achieved by the end of each day. Days feel like weeks, weeks feel like months.
As we left Amsterdam, I had to admit that I didn’t expected to have had such a great time there. The city as such is beautiful, with the canal running through the city, the houses thin and tall, all similar and all so different and at night the lights reflected on the water… is also a city where we felt really free in many ways, sometimes a city of excess, but in that same excess we found what makes of the city something really special. At the beginning we had decided to stay just for two nights which ended up ina a four nights stay. The person who said that the place is not the important part, but who you meet in it, was most probably enlightened. In Amsterdam we stayed at an old, crazy man’s house who was hosting eight people through couchsurfing. We found ourselves at home instantly and actually found our third traveler.
Yes, that’s right, is not only Cate and me against the world now, we found another girl crazy enough to join us for a time. Together we started a new journey that led us to Almere, probably not the most incredible city in the Netherlands but a first in many ways. It was the first time for Pramila (Singapore) to hitchhike and our first time hitchhiking under the rain. I’m proud to say that we made it to drive at least good 60 km that day, and although I know it sounds like nothing, for how it was raining (because it seemed to us that the sky was falling down) we were amazed that we kept finding rides. The guy that took us finally to Almere even gave us a bottle of vine after we a great tie talking about everything and nothing. After we had made it to Almere, we wanted to go further, with the aim of getting to Gronningen and visit two friends we had made in our way in Brugge. Little did we know that we would end up in the middle of the highway, all wet and with a ‘Help’ sign in our hands. And still, no car would stop. As we were losing hope a woman in the most difficult tiny car stopped for us (thank God) and somehow we managed to fit all in that tiny vehicle with our backpacks in our laps. But thing is, she had seen us from the other side and had been kind enough to pick us up but, all in all, we ended up, after so much struggle to get out of the city, in the city again and started looking for a couchsurfer. All the time the rain never seased and we were wet and cold.
We got a couchsurfer, luckly, a guy from the region that had opened an account that same day and was hosting a party at his home to which we ended up being a part of.
Next day, we goy almost immediately to our friend’s house, which although it was a great time, was mostley a time to recharge battery and get to know each other in more depth and two days later we were already on our way to Germany, passing through Gronningen, which is a student city and is therefore alive and in movement. In Hamburg, we would separate again. Things didn’t come as planned though, and we ended up splitting up in Gronningen, Pramila taking a bus to Hamburg and us getting a ride to a little village where we had to wild camp again. I have to say, as much as it is thrilling to wild camp, the next day after you first find a place around 12 in the night and wake up at 5 in the morning, you are pretty much dead that day. And you feel the reprecusions throught the day.
Anyhow, we made it to Hamburg that night after passing through Bremen and in Hamburg we found a chilled host that left us sleep till 12 the next morning before we went out to explore the city. Hamburg as a city seemed always great to me, maybe because I have pretty good memories of that place. Trhough couchsurfing we got to meet a guy who was working in artificial intelligence and Cate and I love to find out about topics that are out of our normal ones. We met Deb our first night there, first with the idea of just having some conversation about his work and maybe to know what takes you to engage in that kind of work. As we got along well, he invited us to go see the laboratory the next day. So we prolonged our stay in the city and went to see the robots and his work, which I have to say was very interesting. I don’t have to add that was my first encounter with real robots. They were somehow cute, as dumb as it sounds, like little humans, almost like children. Deb told us that he didn’t think those robots were researching on as a product for the open market till at least 20 years, since they are a work in progress. But we went along so well, that at the end we made him the crazy proposition to come with us for the next stage of our travel. He accepted and the next day we were already on our way to Copenhagen.
We did at least good 300 kilometers hitchhiking in three which made us very proud and wee got to Copenhagen just in time for the sunset.