Merrily down the stream

Day 4: June 13 2014, Winningen to Ediger-Eller

Another truly beautiful day. I spent all day right on the banks of the Mosel River.  I’ve become almost immune to the beauty of these tiny villages that pop up every few miles. The towns along the Mosel seem to be a bit smaller and closer together than the towns along the Rhein.  It’s never busy, but there’s always something to look at.
Here are a few gems from today:

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The houses in these villages are also incredible:

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In other news, I don’t think I’ve had any vegetables since arriving in Germany. That can’t be good.

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At this point I have seen over a hundred bikers pass by, and it’s amazing to me how little we interact with one another. I must look like a crazy person smiling and greeting everyone that passes with a Guten Tag and a nod. Today I actually got a wave, which made my day!  But it feels odd to me that fellow tourers don’t stop and chat a while now and then. I don’t mind the anonymity–in fact I often appreciate it–but I’m surprised at the lack of curiosity (or perhaps lack of intrusion).

That said, today a couple headed the opposite direction did stop me to ask me for directions!  And I knew how to help them!  Major victory!!

2 thoughts on “Merrily down the stream

  1. Your observation, surprise and disappointment about the ‘not interaction’ is the same your father had in 1978 when he was running along the river in Freiburg/Germany.

    Because people live so close to each other – they give eachother privacy that way….

    Germans are very curious. They observe you until you are close enough to you that they might be noticed – being (nosy) curious ….Then they look down and pretend they never ‘saw’ you…

    That is POLITE – in Germany..

    Amazing that is has not changed. Amazing that you and your Dad both picked up on that…

    …yes, it is very different in the USA…..

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