10th October 2012 Luneburg

We visited Luneburg today and the weather was really kind to us. It was mainly a day of shopping and drinking coffee so we only have a few pictures of the day. 

The town of Luneburg used to be the wealthiest in Germany, due to the surrounding salt mines that created jobs for 2,000 people (as per the Dorling Kindersley guide book, traveldk.com).

Most interesting to us though is that to the south of the town lies the large area of heathland that stretches down to the village where my brother and his wife live.  The Luneburger Heide is populated by sheep, cows, bees and the occasional wild boar!  It used to be dense forest but the trees were felled to support the salt mine industry.

This was the area we cycled through yesterday and it is now a designated nature park, the Naturschutzpark Luneburger Heide.  Now, the eagle eyed amongst you will notice the town name should have an umlaut above it – when we find how to insert one, we’ll do it!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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