So I’ve told you how one of my awesome readers contacted me and offered me a place to stay. Well during our emails she also mentioned that if I wanted I could stay more than a few days, because she had plans to visit a town in Northern Germany, go camping and also make a quick trip to visit Denmark. As soon as she mentioned all that I told her I was down. I thought, “How the hell can I pass up camping in Northern Germany and also visit Denmark?” After having an EPIC Saturday night out (yes I used epic…lol) and was taught how people in Hamburg party I knew the road/camping trip was going to be just as EPIC. It was that and so much more!
It was finally Monday and after waiting for Caroline’s dad to drop off the car and some of the camping gear it was time to hit the road. Chris was the designated driver for the trip, Caroline was the trips navigator from the back seat and I had shot gun. We started the car and I screamed “ROAD TRIP WOOHOO” and things got rolling. It was going to be a 1.5hour trip to Flensburg, and I was given shotgun to see the scenery. I however have a HORRIBLE habit now of falling asleep on any form of moving transportation and I can’t help it. So yes sadly I slept most of the way (I’m sorry Caroline & Chris).
We arrived in Flensburg, and as we were trying to find our way around Caroline saw a sign that said Glucksburg. She mentioned it was a short distance from the town and that if we went we can visit a castle. I heard castle and was sold. We spent a bit there admiring the castle and lake and wondering about the history of it. You can see a shot of the castle here. We then went back to Flensburg and spent the day wandering around the streets and walking along the river. Some of the streets were rarely decorated with shoes hanging everywhere.
The sun was setting and we needed to buy food for dinner and get to Reisbriek about 45 minutes from Flensburg where we were going to be camping and set up the tent. We made our way there and Caroline was nice enough to mention that we were going to be camping at some guys house on the country side of Northern Germany she had only met once at a concert, but had kept in touch through Facebook. I thought, “Wow now I’m like on a million degrees of strangers this should be interesting”.
Pulling into the guys’ house it was like a scene from a horror movie. We found a not so manicured yard filled with what looked like storage units and a lot of old abandoned cars and a cat wondering everywhere. We knocked on the door and no one answered. I was already thinking the worst, but I kept my cool and moments later a speeding car pulls into the yard and then another one. Now 3 guys are standing there and greeting us with huge smiles. We introduced ourselves to Frerk, Finn and Christoph: they were excited to practice the little English they knew with Chris and I. They imidietly told us that we did not need to camp if we didn’t want too that they had a spare bedroom we can stay in. We let them know we really wanted to camp so we went ahead and got everything ready. They showed us the camping ground and I couldn’t stop laughing inside. I thought wow my 1st real camping trip and it’s in this awesome yard. I really did like it. It was so funky and awesome.
After setting everything up the guys had started a huge bon fire so we decided to take our food over there join them and enjoy there company outside. We shared everything we had with them and thanked them for their hospitality. We had brought some beer and rum so were drinking and chatting the night away. I kept thinking how fucking amazing this moment was. Here I was with one of my readers and some complete strangers I had just met in the middle of who knows where in Northern Germany having such an amazing time chatting about a million things and drinking. I honestly wanted to cry from the emotion of amazing-ness I was feeling. At midnight we found out it was one of the guys Birthday so we all wished him best wishes and all had a shot of rum. We kept drinking and a few hours later ended up inside their house playing pool and foosball.
Next thing I remember was it being noon and waking up in my underwear and shirt with Caroline and Chris in the tiny tent. We all woke up around the same time feeling like shit and me of course wondering what had happened. I went through the photos and couldn’t stop laughing. I had had such an amazing night. The guys had to go to work the next day, but they left the house open for us to wash up and do anything else we needed to do before hitting the road to Denmark.
After gathering ourselves and getting everything ready it was time to hit the road again. We made our way to Denmark and on our way to the city we were heading we stopped at hot dog stand that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, but apparently had some of the best hot dogs in Denmark. I knew Danish people loved hot dogs, but didn’t know they took it that serious. They had a huge variety of hot dogs to choose from. I picked the on that looked best and wow it was seriously one of the best hot dogs I have ever had in my life. You can see a picture here. We then continued to the city we were going to be visiting.
I knew Denmark is one of the safest and wealthiest countries in the world and I think you can tell by just driving around and wondering around any town. I noticed how everything every where was very manicured, and clean. We spent the day wandering around the town and seeing some of the sights and then it was getting dark so thought we better head home because we still had a 3 hour drive back. On our way home we decided to have a picnic for dinner on a dock with the food we had left from the night before. We finally made it back to Hamburg exhausted as hell and glad to be home.
I’ll be honest right now this post does not do this adventure justice. It was really one of the best experiences I have had on my trip so far. I think I would rank it up there with the time I spent the night on a Volcano Masaya in Nicaragua. I gave just a quick summary of the adventure and am still in awe at how amazing it really was. For some reason I still can’t grasp how amazing the world is. The 8 nights I was in Hamburg I spent them with one of my readers and then on one of those I spent them camping with some strangers who turned out to be so nice and so happy to have us there. It’s little things like this that remind me how amazing the world really is. Even in the midst of the caos and horrible news we hear the world is filled with amazing people. Before I end it I want to give a huge thank you to Caroline, Chris and everyone who made those 8 nights epic. I hope some day if I ever settle down I can return the favor to all of you.