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36. Hamburger sophistication (July 11)

What do you order for dinner in Hamburg?

Sweet-potato chips.

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But ask any Hamburger citizen and they will tell you with pride that the food here is highly sophisticated and exquisite. From rich and savoury to spicy and sweet, luscious meats, delightful veggies, free range biofriendly everything under the sun and rain.


I began the day at Zeven. A nice little town 86 kilometres by bike from my destination in the city.

The farms are perfectly manicured and manured, judging by the scents. I rode along adjacent to the main roads until Buxtehude, where I was supposed to head north (via the pretty part), sometimes ignorance is not bliss. Instead I  followed the googley girl’s shortest route which was along the edge of the highway to Harburg and then north into a melange of bridges and intersections, where my phone battery expired and left me stranded.

Fringe people don’t really speak English, but they understand enough, and I don’t really speak German, but I understand enough. Thereby communicating quite efficiently. However, the people I asked said it was possible to go into town from all directions. I just needed one. Thank Goodness for church steeples.

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Buxtehude is lovely, the old centre is perfectly preserved and interesting. I sat down there and ate my breakfast bun.
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Hamburg is a port city with an incredibly difficult history of fire, plague and war. But obviously the population is clever and resilient, so they have created a splendid city once again.
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A whole bridge for my bike and I… crossing into the city in style!
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Last night Regina and Michael, with their pretty niece Zoe, kindly hosted me. Regina hired ebikes so she and Zoe could ride with me tomorrow, but the clouds came up and the rain came down in buckets.

After an abundant breakfast we decided not ride out until the rain subsides a bit. I’m happy to have a day of rest in their lovely home.
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2 thoughts on “36. Hamburger sophistication (July 11)

  1. Hi Leanne,
    Today’s post reminded me of my childhood. Whenever we were driving to an unknown destination and we asked my Dad where we were going to he would answer:-
    “Buxtehude, wo die Hunde mit dem Schwantz bellen”. Heard that saying many a time that I never forgot it. Didn’t know why my Dad always said it so I Googled it today and found the answer.
    Thanks for allowing us to follow your great journey.
    Happy Peddling!
    Love Annette

    1. Hi Annette, that’s a wonderful comment thank you! Yes, Simon also said his parents would use ‘Buxtehude’ as a far off place…haha. I didn’t see many dogs though. Thanks for following the blog – makes it easier to write. Love, L

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