July- August 99, 15
alone in an independent travel
28 July- 14 August 1999
How I moved:
by train, hitch hiking, boat, kayaking and rollerblading
perfect temperature and good weather with some rain but not
on the train, in the tent (everywhere) and youth hostels.
What I liked:
Kayaking in the Muritz National Park has been a lot of fun and
biking around the small Hiddense island (near Rugen) must not
be missed. The strange Ferropolis site (Wittemberg) is a kind
of kindergarten for adults.
What I disliked:
German is expensive besides sometimes people are not as warm
as they could
a tent is the best way to save A LOT of money and a waterproof
jacket will prevent you from getting soaked
"This summer therell be the sun eclipse and I want to see it
from the area where its 100%. Why dont take also the chance to visit the
Hence with a tight budget in the pockets, a lot of enthusiasm and my
rollerblades I bought an inter-rail ticket to travel without any limit in Germany.
A night train led me to Frankfurt en Main, where I directly headed
to the nice town of Leipzeg. Here I spent two days rollerblading around and enjoying the
nice sunny days I got. Anyway I was already looking forward to reach Ferropolis: its
a former vast open-air quarry where enormous (you cannot image how much) rusty excavators
can be climbed making like a kind of kindergarten for adults. I had a lot of fun.
I quickly passed by Berlin to end up finally in Stralsund where,
after having unsuccessfully looked for a cheap accommodation, I set up the tent in a
public park. The following morning I woke very early (otherwise surely somebody'd have
knocked up...) and I boarded on the boat to Hidensee Island. In this peaceful place every
motorised vehicle is forbidden and the whole island can be explored on foot or biking as I
did. I found it extremely relaxing!!
Then the part of my travel through the Rugen peninsula began. I
moved mainly hitch hiking and rollerblading while sleeping in the campsites; the time flew
visiting the white cliffs, the lighthouse, the old train
After a while I got so used to hitch hike that I asked lifts even for few hundred meters.
After Rugen I completely changed environment reaching the Muritz
National Park, where I rented a canoe and started a three days trip through the narrow
channels, the small lakes and the swamp.(Read
Following this canoe trip I had a deserved rest in Berlin for few
days. Finally I headed to Heildelberg and to Stuttgart
to be in the area of 100% sun eclipse: it was the 11st August 1999.