The German North Sea Coast is often overlooked by international tourists, in fact, you will struggle to find anyone not speaking German on holiday here. When I was a child, slowly hitting puberty, the area started to seem somewhat backwards, stuck in time, just because of that. The same people every year, the same style of houses everywhere, the same things to do every time, never changing.
Yes, the area around Schillig, Wangerland in Lower Saxony, offers all that but there’s so much more. Farms and fields as far as the eye can see or until it reaches the embankment that stops the raging sea from swallowing the lands during winter storms. Here I was, convinced I had outgrown the family holidays of doing nothing but walking along the extensive beaches and nature reserves, that I had had enough of all the seafood, even of the constant smell of the sea and all it brought with it. Today I can see that I just wasn’t ready to appreciate the relaxation simply being in the moment brings – in fact I was still convinced I’d never go back until I reached the end of my postgrad life. But tackling stress can make you appreciate the small things, and all of a sudden, the sea air, the ever stronger growing winds, the sight of a lighthouse far away at sea let your worries slowly fade away. View Post
Spending time at home helps me to relax and recharge my batteries – but well, most people feel that way. Still, though, whenever I’m home, I also want to make sure that I see something that I haven’t in a while or even go somewhere new. It seems that it took me moving to a different country to become set on seeing everything I could around my hometown.
One of the things that kept me going with my dissertation was knowing that I could take time off as soon as I handed it in. I didn’t even have to wait a day, no, I could jump straight on a train, plane or boat to get away from that evil place called uni library as quickly as I could.
When I was working in tourism, I quite often talked about places I hadn’t been to myself – no wonder with so many choices. Naturally, it has been my goal since then to visit each and every one of the places I advertised and recommended to customers. My colleagues didn’t really help with that, as they always added even more amazing suggestions to my growing list… Thanks y’all!
Quite a while back – in February – I finally got around to visiting one place I passed by every morning on my commute to work: Linlithgow Palace. I am happy I took the trip as the whole area was incredibly beautiful – much better than I imagined. It had snowed the days before, and while there was no white fluff left, much of the Loch was frozen over. Blue skies, freezing temperatures and great views were a lovely combination for the day and I managed to take lots of pictures.
When you work in tourism, you should know what you sell. Right? I didn’t know as much as I wanted when I started out in Scotland, so my company sent me on the trips I was selling – a perfectly normal training approach but totally new to me.