Day 685 Bremerhaven and Bremen

Now these days I am travelling with a mobilehome in the north of Germany. Trying to find a nice place to live …..great experience to sleep in the car under the sky with all the stars – I love that – out there being in the nature…but it is very hard to find nice and legal places! In Germany everything is under rules and if you have a camper there are places to be but you need to pay around 10 or 20 euros, in order to be there and get water, electricity and so on. The time of the gypsies is over since the second world war, I guess…..they cleaned the country and left it to be clean up to today!

I am looking for a nice place with old architecture, a lot of nature and the possiblity to be working there….

On sunday I went up to Wangerland which I did not like. Too straight and modern, concrete all over and the northsea is grey and dirty……sad …. on the picture you see the houses and trees cut like done with the ruler on paper…Then I went to Bremen and around the town by bike. I love most the Schnoor where there are old houses from around 1600. And I love the Neustadt with houses looking like in England! 

In Germany I miss more of the romatic views as you have them in the south of europe…..the germans like to make plans and use the straight line in building…..

Konditorei Schröters im Schnoor Bremen

Very creativ is Konditorei Schröters, in Schnoor in Bremen, where you can watch them making the praliness ..

Day 679

At my friends place there was a big plague with mice. About two weeks ago we cleaned the cupboards and all over the place was a lot of shit from the mice, clothes and food were full of dirt and bitten….it took a couple of days to clean the whole….now two weeks later, the landlord closed some of the holes and one wardrobe had to be thrown out as it was too smelly. We put up 15 traps for the mice! Now it is easy to see if they are back again…There are two cats living at the place but not capable to eat all the mice, as there are too many.  My friends don´t want to kill the mice, thats why they will be trapped in these traps as on the picture and then put out in the wilderness again…..well….hopefully they do not find the way back! And hopefully the traps won´t be closed as the one on the picture!

The weekend I visited my mum and I realised how different the people react on someone unusual as me with a beard. The north of germany around Hamburg people seem to hold back much more there emotions, than people in the south of germany where my mum lives. In the south they were laughing and talking in the train loudly, easy to come into contact with the people in the south whereas the people in the north are quiter in the train and not so easy to open up for unknown people….I know it is not such a good thing to put people into boxes and to say north and south and men and women…are like this and this…but this was what I observed while travelling in the train….and on the streets while walking the same …..

Even though I love sometimes to provoke and to see how people react when I walk with the beard in the streets, this time I just wanted to walk unseen and to be in peace and not to have people starring at me or laughing….I even had the thought for a moment, to cut off the beard just to have my peace….and then again I thought what a nonsence to cut off the beard because of peoples reactions!!

The past days I was thinking a lot about what we human beings collect and keep for the moment we might need it in the future. How much time we spend on caring, sorting and keeping things. And how difficult it is for most people to let go off things that they kept for long.I had often helped to sort out and to help creating new systems to find things and sort them…

Sometimes we keep things for so long until they rot away. I found some toys from my childhood at my mums house and the ballons were so hard, that you could not blow them up anymore, a ball made of rubber was hard too and not to be used anymore. If we keep things too long then they change their structure, colors dry out, cosmetics as creams smell funny and old…It is an illusion to think that we could conserve things and the emotions that are connected with them for ever and ever.

The places of my childhood have changed, the atmosphere is different, buildings have been torn down, new ones were build, people have died or moved…everything is in movement – all the time – no stagnation….live goes on and on and what was of interest is no more and my attention goes to new things….

I was happy to see the toys of my childhood. But this time of childhood felt long ago, like another life…and I was ready to let go and throw away some of the things that I kept much too long…..for the future…what future??

If I look back in the past, then I have no energy for the now. What is most important is to be here and now. If I am here with all my attention and senses, then I do not need to conserve anything from now. The experience with all my attention is enough and will give me a rich experience. And later- I don´t know if I want to concentrate on old things and the past….Later I want to focus on something I do not know today….and the travel of live goes on and on….

While looking at the things from past times I am dreaming of fleamarkets where everyone brings what he doesn´t need anymore and gives away freely. If we could let go and away without being afraid to have to little – it feels peaceful and loving…..Everyone could be sure to get what he or she needs always….There is always enough for everyone……..

So many things are just stored and not used, while other people could use them….

There are some places in Germany already where people give away things, as the UMSONSTLADEN or a page in the internet called “Alles-und-umsonst”…..and hopefully there will be more in the future.

Todays Freak Shows

Today you can still go to freak shows. One of them is in Venice Beach, LA California. I found a very appealing article about the show and the owners Todd and Danielle Ray.  HERE you can read it.

Day 670 Vienna Austria

This weekend I visited a friend in Vienna.

I have been to Vienna one year ago, and this time I visitied a lot of places the tourists do….for example the Museumsquartier and other exhibitions and museums as the Pratermuseum. In the museum of the prater was a picture of Julia Pastrana and one of Annie Jones. Both had been exhibited in the Prater. Annie Jones came here in 1900 with Barnum und Baileys, when they were touring Europe. And Julia Pastrana was already dead and stuffed when being shown!!

This weekend the weather was finlly fine and sunny….I visited the place where they have the best icecream of Vienna at Schwedenplatz and together with my friend Siran we made long walks in the park. The woman she shares the flat with is from Tibet and she was cooking for us some typical meals from Tibet. Yesterday she made some kind of nudles, or in German they are called Maultaschen, and in Tibet they call them Momo. “MOMO”. It is interesting, how many countries have similar food and each claims to be the inventor of this meal…as Ravioli, Maultaschen or Momo are all quite similar….
We visited the Hundertwasserhaus and the Jesuitenpark and I liked both a lot. The park is a great place to be with kids, as there are a lot of interesting playgrounds, some are good for the grown ups too.Tomorrow I have to go back to germany again, but I hope to come back soon, as I really like Vienna. How about reactions there? I had the impression that one year later now, after having been quite often in TV the people got also used to a woman with beard in Vienna. The reactions were less than before. Some Teenies talked after passing me that they wonder if this was a man or a woman….a turkish man asked me if the beard is real or fake and couldn´t believe that I don´t want to shave as the turkish women do….and he hit his hand in a gesture against his forehead to show how crazy he thinks this is…..

Strange things in Vienna Austria

This sign I saw in a park in Vienna. It says if you feed the pidgeons you feed the rats.
This sign someone changed ….On the third picture you see a machine that sells comics …. and this machine is in the museum of the prater, it is a marriagemachine, giving out the description of the perfect partner…