The First Days of Germany

Two planes, a train, and a bus ride later Husum Germany is finally in sight. The German landscape looks like it came directly from a postcard with the quaint yards and neat brick houses and lush green grass that is unusual for Januaury. I think the most appropriate word to describe Germany is 'compact'. Nothing is larger than it needs to be and there  seems to be no excess of space that is typical in the United States. We visited a village of 700 called, Bohmstedt, a community that initiated its own projects to create the bio fuel and wind tupractical produce their own energy. We were able to climb on one of these turbines, tiring our arms as we ascended a latter within the turbine. The top was loke a "convertable" as our guide explained it and opened ip so that we could see miles and miles of lush green grass and the North Sea on the horizon. The experience was breath taking. Later we visited a German grade school where the concept about how we are guests of nature rather than nature bring at our disposal is taught to the children. Instead of seeing a bug and being grossed out or in convinced by it, the children at the school have the mentality to save the insect. I think that the fact that German schools have these ideals and values taught at young, impressionable age may contribute to their strong concern for the environment and further more why they have taken strong and successful actions towards sustainable methods. Talkimg to the children themselves was an adventure within itself thanks to the language barrier but the smile and nod technique worked fairly well. Another adventure took us on a dike near the North Sea that involved 60-70 miles per hour wiwinds ever have I experienced a wind so strong that it could hold me up as a leaned into it. Mother nature also ruled how I did my hair that day. Needless to say Germany is an incredible place.