This weekend, Jessie and took a relatively spontaneous trip. It was supposed to be to the North Sea but finding accommodation wasn’t that easy. In the end, we booked a Hotel in Bremerhaven which is more of an industrial small town - so neither an exciting big city nor a cute small town.
To be honest, that was perfectly fine for two nights, though, and it was great to finally get out of our apartment for the first time in about a year.
When we arrived, we went to their small and mainly water-themed zoo. We were surprised how active the animals were - especially the polar bear that was playing with a ball and jumping into the water…
… While being watched by the (separated) polar bear ladies:
Another polar bear was not so active and preferred the comfortable wood chip corner.
For the seals, it was feeding time right when we came by.
One of them had a toy rope and put on a show for the guests.
We also just walked through the city and I noticed that the local university had a very 90s looking building on one side of the street…
…and then a 2000s building on the other side with matching fonts.
We also went to the harbor district which unfortunately was really far away and we should’ve rented a bike to get there. It was nice to see some of the harbor action there,but I’m sure it’s a lot more interesting on a weekday.
On Saturday, we drove to the actual North Sea coast (Bremerhaven is more located at a river than at the sea) where we had booked a hike through the tideland with a guide.
I had done that many times before but this was unique since the tour was on the dangers of the tideland. It was held right before the flow comes and we could experience how fast the water rises. It was also pointed out how you can quickly get surrounded by water within minutes like these hikers here demonstrated.
And then there was this cool semaphore doing semaphore things. We saw this one in Cuxhaven but Bremerhaven had at least one also. They show the strength and direction of the wind to sailors and look pretty darn cool.
This was not quite like my childhood trips to the actual islands near the coast but definitely a fun trip. Next up is Frankfurt then which is our “Corona compromise trip” for the summer🤞.