Now and then during this pandemic we miss going to a café or restaurant. Therefore we took the car, bought a coffee and some cake at a bakery and drove to the harbour in Lauenburg. Sipping our coffee and enjoying a sweet bun we watched the sky change until it grew dark.
“Hi Trina, where have you been? Haven’t heard from you in a long while.”
“Sorry, I don’t really know how to answer you. Fact is, didn’t really know what to talk about.”
“Life in North Germany is what this blog is about, isn’t it?”
“Yes, but my life has been very boring during the last years. Since my spouse, SH, got sick we have hardly been able to take any trips. With this pandemic on top we have more or less been stuck in the house. There was nothing interesting to show you.”
“What about this lovely little town you moved to? Couldn’t you show us more of that? Or write about what is going on in your part of the world?”
“I guess I could. It is a lovely town and I still like taking walks.”
“So, no more excuses. Start writing again. Take photos! So what if they are not perfect. Take us on your walks, get personal, and let us know what is going on in your life.”
“Ok, I will revive this blog, but don’t expect too much. The next four weeks I am on sick leave and got plenty of time to think and write. Taking pictures will be difficult though.”
“Cut my hand while doing the dishes. Severed sinews and a nerve.”
“Left or right hand?”
“The right hand and yes I am right handed and typing this with the left hand.”
“OK, write short posts and show us some of your old pictures.”
“I will. Here is one I took the day before the accident. Not far from where I live there are big woods. There are wolves in the area too. Take care for now. I will be back soon!”
Since moving to Lüneburg SH’s health declined and going on trips including longer walks have not been possible anymore. I am now living just a few minutes away from my 82-year-old mother, and my lovely little granddaughter, who is going to be 3 soon. Many Sundays are spent with family and I enjoy being close to them.
I am turning 60 in November and maybe it is getting older and maybe it’s the the demands at work that have increased, but I have started feeling more tired after work and have a much bigger need for just relaxing and charging my batteries at the weekends. As a result of all of the above, I have lacked in time and inspiration for blogging. At the same time I missed it.
The purpose of my blog is to give you a glimpse into everyday life in (North) Germany. SH claims, the area around Lüneburg is boring compared to Schleswig – Holstein, where we lived before. In his eyes the North German landscape is boring compared to the exciting landscape of Norway, his home country. I agree that Norway’s nature is dramatic and breathtaking. North Germany is pretty flat, great for cycling and walking, but we have nice coasts and lot’s of forests.
Still, you can’t really compare the two countries. Norway has just around 5 Million inhabitants, Germany more than 80 millions, of which almost 8 million live in Lower Saxony. There are seven bigger cities in Lower Saxony alone. We live in a rather small town, Lüneburg, with a bit more than 70 000 inhabitants in the Northeast of Lower Saxony, close to the former border to East Germany and just 50 km Southeast of Hamburg.
In Norway a town with 70 000 inhabitants is considered big and will have the flair of a big citiy. In Germany you will find towns that size idyllic, but rather sleepy.
I love the combination of water and mountains and the clear colours of Norway, but I also love the mellow landscape here, the brickwork of the old houses and the farmland.
Now that autumn and winter are coming I will revive this blog and show you pictures of the area I live in. At the same time I will include I will include photos and texts about Norway, and the area SH grew up in and which I visit at least once a year and have grown to love, too.