Sunday 19th October

21 Oct

We headed into Bremen-Vegesack for a walk and some lunch – going on  the ferry as pedestrians, this time. There are some lovely parks along the Weser – including one with an amazing DIY waterfall screw thing – you turned the handle to turn the screw, which pulled water up into the top basin, and once it had enough water in it it would overflow into the others. Hanno had a turn. I was a wuss because it was OMGCOLD.

OMGAMAZING lunch – Levantine? Sort of near Turkish. Fantastic platter of dips to start with, then really good main course – with the ubiquitous german salad. I ordered a chicken dish and was surprised that it w as almost all chicken – I had expected more of a mix of chicken and veggies.

Humour was provided by the woman across the (pedestrian) street, who had evidently dialled for lunch, then let a bucket down on a string from her 2nd floor balcony for the food (presumably with the cash in it too). I guess it saved her having to get dressed and climb down 2 flights of stairs …

Wandering back to the ferry, we stopped to look at some sailing ships in the mooring area. “Hello!” came a voice. It was one of the people from the sailing club. “What are you doing here?” 

Looking across the moorings, we could see the familiar ships, and stopped to say hello to InLawsOfHanno again. Too funny!

The evening’s activity? Packing more vegiemeeples (I finally finished the first huge bag of pumpkins – it was my personal goal – so around 400 bags packed) and writing an English synopsis of the Lookout Games Ethiopia project. And going through my OMGESSEN! wishlists – OMGOMGOMG. I have way too many games on there.

Melissa’s tentative OMGESSEN! theory: Try before you buy – except for card games, which are buy before you try. And go to some places really really early. And go to others a bit later.

Packed, sorting out some games. We have 2 copies of ENBW Funkenschlag which we had had sent to Hanno’s – I have one in my luggage and the other in a parcel, coming by slow boat. Fraser’s theory was that it might be better to separate them “for security purposes”. Don’t go there. Really. Also got rid of my runners (errm, trainers? gym shoes) and some clothes which Hanno or Mrs Hanno will send to the Red Cross. They’re not really things I need or like, and the plan was always to dump things along the way. The runners have already been replaced at home – and it’s nice to be down to 2 pairs of shoes now. I can pretend I packed effectively.

Actually, I kind of did pack effectively. I just brought OMGSOMUCHSTUFF for other people. Have got rid of some already, will get rid of the rest in OMGESSEN! And some stuff in case of need.  Just in case. Like vitamin tablets and what not.

We had planned to do OMGBAKING, but failed. Ooops.

Had a nice chat with the Bigster while she was getting ready for school.  Well, “nice” is relative. A chat, anyway.

Me: What did you do at school?
Biggie: We watched some things from YouTube
Me: what did you watch on YouTube???
Biggie: fractions stuff, well accturlarly TeacherTube 😀
Me: lol
Me:  YouTube is not something you should be exploring!!!
Biggie: You’ve shown me stuff from YouTube
Me:  Yeah I know, that is because I am an OMGBADMOTHER
Biggie: Are not (chuckle)

Proving that her belief in me is misplaced, I segued into a topic close to the heart of every 10 year old: the ubiquitous German Toilets discussion. I think I may have scarred her for life:

Biggie: ewwwwwwwww
Biggie: and more, ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Me: hahahahaha
Me: you will have to get used to it
Me: before we OMGVISIT
Biggie: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Me: heeeeeeeeeeeee
Biggie: grooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosssssssssss
Fraser: You have grossed Biggie out
Me: My work here is done

1 Comment

Posted by on October 21, 2008 in travel


One response to “Sunday 19th October

  1. jon

    October 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I think you are referring to an Archimedes Screw, which is completely brilliant.
    When I need to irrigate my fields, or drain low lying land or mines, or need to deliver precise amounts of granular material, I always use an Archimedes Screw.


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