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|23rd September 2010, 11:01||#211|
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An Autohaus would mean a place to park cars (autos) only such as a car dealership woould read as "AutoHaus Mercedez Benz".
1. Alaska - go there before the glaciers are all gone - go via the inside passage and glacier bay.
2. Manchi Pichu - another place that is becoming overwhelmed by tourisits.
3. Canberra, Australia - it is hot air ballooning season there in March.
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|23rd September 2010, 11:12||#212|
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A nostril is a nose-hole, a nipple is a breast-wart, a glove is a hand-shoe, a big shop is a buy-house (Kaufhaus). Every noun is a capital and everything has a gender. You can join all words as a hyphen is a waste of time.
And that's the whole language sorted out.
Navin, you are correct on Parkplatz. However only a Parkhaus is for parking. An Autohaus is always a car dealership or such.
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|23rd September 2010, 12:08||#213|
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Oh, how I regret the smiley limit! I could fill a post with smillies for that one!
|23rd September 2010, 12:23||#214|
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|23rd September 2010, 19:29||#215|
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Mark Twain (now there was a wordsmith to rival Sam himself ) had a lot to say about the vagaries of the German language.
DISCLAIMER: All of Jenny's curses and lawsuits may please be directed to The Estate of Mark Twain
|23rd September 2010, 23:49||#216|
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|24th September 2010, 10:33||#217|
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This thread is turning rather interesting I am loving it. And Thanks Sam for putting Plitsvice as one of the places to visit right on top with Africa and Cambodia.
And I must say that of all the countries I have travelled to so far in Europe, I loved Germany the best esp the Black forest region and my stay along the River Rhine. Absolutely beautiful!
|24th September 2010, 17:22||#219|
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Sam, are the falls like this all year round? In India we normally have a good fall only during or immediately after the monsoon. I'm guessing that these falls are fed more from melting ice during the summer than rains.
And finally I see some more people. I know you mentioned that the lake is off limits to humans but does that include just wetting one's feet (dirty Indian mind at work).
Maybe I'm jumping the gun here but did you also see Maquis? Read about this in Asterix in Corsica .
And man oh man this place is beautiful. You and Jenny are really blessed.
|24th September 2010, 17:52||#220|
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I cannot stop my fingers from taking a few more pictures as we say goodbye to Plitvice.
It has now been about 7 hours in the lake region and we have walked almost non-stop. As we climb the hill towards the end of the day, the tiredness begins to set in.
We have walked about 30 kms today. We say our goodbyes to the lakes of Plitvice, one of the most beautiful places we have seen.
We spend the evening at a local specialty restaurant and quickly come to the conclusion that we really do not like Croatian food, lol.
Time to leave Plitvice. While I do want to see Split in Croatia, it will get difficult to keep driving further south of Europe, especially considering that we must then drive all the way back to Frankfurt/Bad Nauheim when this holiday is over.
Over? Can it be that these divine days will end? The thought of it makes me shudder and I quickly push it away.
We spend the evening with our book "The rough guide to Croatia" - a book I purchased at New Delhi Airport earlier. After some discussions and thoughts it is decided.
Tomorrow we will go to the island of Rab.
|25th September 2010, 11:17||#221|
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Croatia: Initial impressions
Usually I do not write a post on my initial impressions of a country and it is usually for 2 reasons.
1) I am not qualified to offer an opinion on a country and its people. And even if I was, who cares what my impression is?
2) It would be silly to offer an impression on a country of which a million impressions have been formed without my assistance.
Croatia however, remains virtually unknown, on Team-BHP. I would say except for a couple of members, nobody has really been there. So I offer you a post with my initial impressions and casual information on the land.
Croatia is referred to as Hrvatska within the country. Just like Germany is referred to as Deutschland within their country. As most of you already know, Croatia was part of the now disbanded Yugoslavia.
The country has a lot of coastline and many small islands that surround the rather oddly shaped mainland. Its neighbours are Slovenia and Bosnia/Herzigova also erstwhile Yugoslavia. If you would like more political information, you can probably find it on wikipedia or similar.
The famous places of Croatia are of course its capital Zagreb and another famous port down south called Dubrovnik. That doesn’t mean that the other places are not famous or infamous, it merely means that these are destinations one can reach from an international port of travel.
While I have not seen Zagreb this trip, I was told by my extended family (who had been to Zagreb earlier in the year) that it was a city worth seeing, full of life, culture, interesting and old architecture, loads of young people and lots of shopping. We did simply not visit Zagreb as we were not in the mood to visit any city, no matter how beautiful it was.
Later when we did visit some cities in Slovenia and Croatia, we didn’t stay there. But I’m rambling.
Dubrovnik is down south of Croatia and a splendid place to visit if the blue sea and the coastline is all you wish to explore. In both cases, I am pretty sure there are no direct flights from India. But I’m also pretty sure that most major European airlines will fly to Zagreb.
Even though all of Croatia is not connected with Autobahns, the roads, twisty as they may be, are beautiful, clean and totally enjoyable. Apart from cars, Croatia is definitely bikers paradise. In my entire life I have not seen as many Harleys as I did during my stay in Croatia and Slovenia.
Of course there are campers/motorhomes galore and often Jenny and I regret not having rented a camper for this trip.
More about campers later.
As a rule of thumb, Croatia is an incredibly clean country. I was able to sense this both on the streets and in the towns but also in the homes. Their overall sense of hygiene often surpasses the cleanliness one sees in western Europe. For me this is surprising.
Croatians are nice people, though at times it may not seem so. Their language is extremely difficult and often sounds like Russian, but is not so. The “R” is always rolled and harsh and therefore has its own pronunciation. Therefore it is not unusual to see Croatian cities with a consonant followed by an R, something that can only be done with certain letters in English like T and C (trap, crap etc)
But for example, there is a Croatian island called Krk. Correctly pronouned, you simply make the sound that happens when you sit down in a pair of trousers that are simply too tight for your derriere and it splits. So you have an island in Croatia called Split and another called Krk.
English is not widely spoken. The number of English-speaking tourist are few in Croatia, but there are many tourists from the German speaking countries such as Germany, Austria etc. As a result, most tourist-based businesses are actually able to speak German, but very little English.
In and around the land, cheap accommodation can be found quite easily, as most family houses have a room (or a couple) that they are happy to rent out. Every third house has a large sign saying “Sobe” (meaning rooms in Croatian) or “Zimmer” (meaning room in German) and these places are usually wonderful, homely and very very clean and hospitable. I see no reason for anyone to look for a hotel in these areas, sometimes a simple internet recommendation is sufficient.
The food was a bit difficult for both of us. Funnily, everywhere in Croatia you get pizza. Thankfully not the pizza you get at Dominos, this American hunk of bread smothered in cheese, but real pizza. Wood-fired or oven baked, thin and crispy and quite delicious. For the first few times at least.
Croatian food was a bit well, bland for me. Now don’t laugh, yes I like my Chicken do-piaza, but I am quite comfortable eating in Germany or Italy too. (well, I’m more comfortable in Italy to be perfectly honest, but don’t tell anyone shhh) – but Croatian food is remarkably bland. Which in this case means quite tasteless. They do have some local specialties (I was fortunate enough to try lamb roasted under the bell) and both Jenny and I came to the quick conclusion that is was not to our taste.
By the 3rd day we had pizza coming out of our ears.
Breakfast was quite simple (by Indian standards) and usually comprised of bread (Always white bread in Croatia, not very nice), cheese and jam. Possibly some cold cuts, sometimes too salty.
The country is beautiful (as you have seen from my photos already, I’ll bet) – the northern islands are pretty and unusual (as you will see) and the southern islands are party and chillout paradise (Split, Dubrovnik etc)
I’m done for now, back to my story.
|25th September 2010, 11:41||#222|
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Travelling to the isle of Rab.
It was a split second decision to visit the island of Rab. A beautiful blue-sea island, a medieval town on an isolated island accessible only by ferry. It sounded perfect.
While the name did seem familiar to me, it was only later, when we returned back to India that it occurred (with a little help from the internet) where I had heard of the isle before. The isle of Rab was a site for the Italian Concentration camps in WWII and the area of Kampor (which we shall visit shortly) was the hub for one of the largest anti-semitic concentration camps in Europe.
Funnily enough, there was no mention of any of this while we were on the island and we were completely oblivious to this historical fact.
In order to get to the isle of Rab we have multiple options. We decide to take the longer route with the slightly broader road.
We are to drive from Plitvice to Otočac (Croatian pronunciation hint: č is a "CH" and a croatian c is always pronounced as a "TS" and therefor Otočac is OH-TOH-CHATS)From here we will drive up to the coatal town of Senj (Croatian pronounciation hint, a J is always a "Y" hence this is well Sen-ye (but you cannot even hear the Ye, so one simply says Sen)
And then drive along the beautiful coast (stunning, as you will see) to a place called Jablanac (So now put together my previous rules and you have YA-BLAH-NATS) - be careful because if you ask for Jablanac (prounounced with a J and ending in a K) all you will receive is blank stare.
So at Jablanac, we will find a ferry that will take our car to the Isle of Rab (Island = Otok, ergo Otok Rab) and then we will drive. To somewhere and live somewhere on the island.
Easy, peasy. Japaneasy.
|25th September 2010, 12:11||#223|
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Hi Sam, I know this is as late as my filing work in office but, CONGRATULATIONS.
Hope you have a B.E.A.Utiful and satisfied married life ahead.
OT: Did you hear about this : Oktoberfest.de - Hotels, Tickets, Beer - everything about the world's biggest fair | Oktoberfest.de - The Oktoberfest Website.
Looks like fun. I really hope to see you and Jenny in those traditional Bavarian dresses having fun.
|25th September 2010, 12:20||#224|
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Jenny and I and our German friends will be celebrating the Oktoberfest right here in India, in Mumbai to be precise, organised by the German consulate and the Indo-German chamber.
And we will be dressed in traditional bavarian style. Sam in Lederhosen and Jenny in a Dirndl.
I am not so sure if you will see photos on Team-BHP as the Oktoberfest is essentially a beer festival and alcohol-discussion or photos are strictly a no-no on TBHP.
|25th September 2010, 12:28||#225|
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Plitvice to Rab
We leave in the morning, early but no pressure. It is about 9am when we're on the road.
The sun is still up and it shines on us, smiling on us as we complain to each other how our legs hurt from all that walking we did yesterday. Oh we both enjoy walking we do, but 30 kms is quite a bit. Hopefully we will not be walking a lot today.
But now, we drive. It is about 16 degrees the weather is good enough to leave the sunroof open.
It takes about an hour to Otočac, past beautiful villages with unpronounceable names and beautiful houses. Each one with beautiful flowers (mostly Geranium) at their windows. It is indeed the culture here.
We see forgotten ski slopes, filled with bright sunshine instead of snow. This must be a beautiful winter destination.
Once we reach Otočac, which seems to be the reasonably big twn around these parts, we decide to stop for a coffee at the local cafe bar.
She smiles. Ja ein bisschen
I stare in mock anger at Jenny.
It's unbelievable! I travel all across Europe to a place where we are both tourists and yet I am dependent on you for language!
One coffee later (interestingly, almost all Caffe-bars in Croatia have NO food, not even snacks. Simply lots of cafe and drinks and that's that. Even more interestingly, it is perfectly acceptable for you to bring a little food with you!) we're off to Senj.
On the way we stop at a small settlement and buy some farm-made cheese, honey and other good stuff.
On the way we see an man waving his thumb for a lift. He must be in his 50's, but a little weather-worn. I brake.
He peers in. Senj?
Ja, Senj say I smiling.
He gets in with a gruff thank-you and settles himself in the backseat as we drive off.
Are you from here? Asks jenny smiling brightly.
No, I tourist.
Really? From where?
Well, that's not so far away I say laughing and driving.
Where you from?
India and Germany.
We talk a little about culture, language, people and he does his best with his broken English.
I stay here 2 months. I go Senj for bath.
Do you have a lot of snow here?
Jenny makes little hand signs showing snow falling. Falling on the ground from the sky.
No not snakes. She's laughing her "don't be ridiculous" laugh. Not snakes. Snow. White snow. Weiss...
No not snake and she makes wavy curvy slithery hands. This is a snake.
Yes he relies, eyes twinkling. In our language this white and he makes snowfall from the sky and one can tell he understands is called Sneg.
Sneg! haha. We thought Snake.
I love hitch-hikers. Every hitch-hiker opens a little window in my world. Nobody is as free as a hitch-hiker is.
Time passes as we drive. It isn't long before we're looking for parking at Senj.
Would you look at that?
Senj is a little coastal town and not very pretty in comparision to the towns we have seen so far. But the first coastal town.
And the coast is stunning. Just imagine that the whole sea is as blue and as clear as Plitvice. This is truly unbelievable.
What a beautiful place! And we're just passing through.
Please note that there is no colour correction or enhancement using photoshop.
Want some khana?
Yeah I'm hungry.
We park, find a little restaurant and get something to eat as we sit there, taking it all in.
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