18th November 2014 Last Night in Schneverdingen

Unfortunately this is our last night with Brian & Heike as we have to move on to another adventure. It will be tough leaving here as we have had such a great time. It is rare for all of us to get the same time off due to work commitments and we do not know when the next time will be. It will be even harder for Heike because the day after we leave Brian is off again so she is going from a mad house to peace and quiet…….maybe that is not a bad thing!

I have been running a few more times, Angela has been getting on with her fitness and we are both looking forward to settling into a routine when in Spain. Heike has been treating us to some lovely vegetarian cooking by the German Chef Tim Malzer. As we said in our last post he is a friend of Jamie Oliver and has a restaurant in Hamburg called Bullerie which we ate in. We were so impressed we downloaded the book called Green Box. It is full of lovely recipes that we will be trying out when in Spain…….look out Isabel & Al as you will be our guinea pigs!

Throughout the year Heike, along with Tessa & Murphy (they are amazing!) attend a number of dog tournaments which are usually in a field somewhere. To make life easier for them all she has been looking into the possibility of buying a small motorhome or a small caravan. Heike had already been to the local dealer in Soltau Sudsee Caravans and had a few vans that she liked. One was a Tab which we had seen in Scotland when working there, the shape is like a teardrop and for short weekends away would be ideal.

Fortunately the annual Caravan and Motorhome show was on in Bremen last weekend so we all went to have a look around. Angela and I had a look on a few European motorhomes to see how they had changed since we bought ours back in 2008. The biggest change was the price, the one I liked the most and would love to have is the Hymer B Class Duo cheap at only £104,646.00 but that does include VAT!

After looking around the show we had a little drama as Brian had lost the parking ticket which we needed to get out of the car park. He had to go and speak to someone in the control room and it was sorted after some huffing and puffing! He is the one telling people he is so organised……we can all have off days! Sorry Brian.

We drove further into the centre of Bremen to another car park (Heike kept the ticket) and went to have a look around Bottcherstrasse, famous for it’s unusual architecture. We got there in time to listen to the bells chiming in the Haus des Glockenspiels. They chime three times a day while wooden panels depicting pioneering seafarers and aviators appear on a rotating mechanism inside the tower.

We went into the Standige Vertretung for a drink and ended up eating traditional German cooking which was amazing. The beer was very good too. Served in small glasses and changed regularly (depending how fast you drink!) to keep the beer fresh (Kölsch beer).

           

Yesterday was Angela’s birthday and as I hadn’t got her a card I was up at 7am to run to the shop to buy one along with a few provisions. We had breakfast, Angela had Bucks Fizz and then chilled until Heike finished work at midday. We then went to Soltau to the Caravan dealer to have a look at the Tab and a motorhome she had the details for. Angela and I liked them but Brian needs a lot of convincing!

We met a lovely man and woman at Heike’s birthday party called Heiner & Rosie, they had a dog but sadly it died so Heiner comes round occasionally to walk Tessa & Murphy (I think he spoils them). It was his birthday also yesterday and we were invited to their lovely house for homemade cakes, coffee, bubbly and lots of chat (what little we know). The Germans do like there cakes and coffee and we will not lose any weight while we are here!

Later that night after Heike had finished her parent’s evening at the school where she is a teacher we all went out for a lovely birthday meal at the restaurant we went to on our first night here called Hotel Ramster in Schneverdingen. We all enjoyed our meals but were so full up from the earlier cakes and coffee that none of us slept that well.

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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