1. North

Germany is a small country. Some would call it very small. From the northern end to the southern end you won’t drive more than 12 hours.
Let’s start our tour high in the north with Denmark in the back. You will have the North Sea to your right hand and the Baltic Sea to your left hand. Denmark? You remember, Hamlet…something is rotten…and they are not sure wether they are or are not. 

Such questions are not common in northern Germany. They are. And they are sure, that they are.

Living at the shores of the North Sea you will find a tribe called ‘Friesen‘. There are ‘Nordfriesen’ and ‘Ostfriesen’. No ‘Westfriesen’ and ‘Südfriesen’ in Germany. Maybe in the Netherlands. But that’s another story.

The ‘Friesen‘ are traditionally not people of too many words.

Usually they greet each other all day long with just a grumpy ‘Moin Moin‘, sometimes even with only ‘Moin‘. 

This is a very friendly demonstration   http://youtu.be/4Ec5GRXri6Y

They don’t waist time with saying ‘good morning’ or ‘good evening’ or other politenesses. Maybe that’s because it’s very difficult to understand each other at all due to the storm they always have blowing between ‘Ostsee‘ and ‘Nordsee‘. They call it ‘Steife Brise‘.

The people in northern Germany were not the richest in the old days. They just had very tiny little houses with straw on the roof.


And when they were not out on the sea to fish, they spent their time telling the strangest stories and drinking tea and rum. The more rum, the stranger the stories. That’s what ‘Seemannsgarn’ (sailors yarn) is about.

The people living at the Baltic Sea are no Friesen, they are ‘Vorpommern‘ The land is also called ‘Vorpommern’. There are some similarities between the tribes of North-  and Baltic Sea. But economically even poorer than Friesland, Vorpommern is crowded with more seagulls than people.

Northern Germany is mainly  environment. Several German National Parks are located here. The shoreline of the North Sea , the ‘Wattenmeer‘ is unique on this planet. Similar the ‘Boddenlandschaft‘ of the Baltic Sea.

Famous is the isle of ‘Rügen‘ with it’s white cliffs from chalk. Painted by Caspar David Friedrich nearly everybody has seen them.

  

  
Kreidefelsen auf Rügen, Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

Places to go for feeling the North:

Animal of the North: 

Seagulls named Emma

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(according to Joachim Ringelnatz https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Ringelnatz )

Weather of the North: 

Wind

To be continued…