14th October 2012 Wismar

We’re on our way to Rugen, an island on the Ostsee right in the north of Germany.  To break the journey we stopped at a Stellplatz in Wismar.  The site is a ten minute walk away from the centre, costing 9 euros for 24 hours and again it was really busy.  You could buy bread rolls, newspapers and drinks from the little shop on site and there is a Netto shop within five minutes walk from the entrance.

The site is right next to the West Harbour so within five minutes we were walking along the front looking at what fish to buy for breakfast tomorrow.

 

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The centre is very pretty with many different coloured properties, the Rathaus being the largest of all.  Wismar used to belong to Sweden but they leased it back to Mecklenburg state and never asked for it back.

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There are quite a few churches in Wismar and we visited two, Georgenkirche and Nikolaikirche.  Both were damaged in previous wars and were then neglected when under the jurisdiction of the GDR, so reconstruction has only been underway for the last 20 or so years.  It is very sad as you walk into the Georgenkirche and it is empty.  The Nikolaikirche though is very pretty inside, with both of them being of an immense height as if reaching up to the heavens.

All this sight-seeing is tiring work so we headed for a cake shop and had a snack.  Germany does know how to make a good cake!

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Having had some refreshment we carried on looking around the cobbled streets, crossing a little stream on our way back to the ‘van where we rested ready for the big day tomorrow.

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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