Jan 7, 2015

10 Tips for visiting Venice

I was recently in Venice for 9 days for work, which meant I didn't have much time to visit museums and take day trips to islands -the usual tourist things- but I did have plenty of time to wander around and try to avoid spending too much money.
Venice is a small but surprisingly dense city, where despite the thronging crowds you'll stumble across charming vignettes and hidden corners you can't seem to find again. After a week spent wandering through the narrow streets and dark alleyways, I discovered a few things:

  • Get lost. This advice was given to me by a woman at my work who grew up in Italy on the Adriatic, and spent a lot of time visiting in Venice as a child. It's not too hard to do in Venice, but it's small enough that "getting lost" generally means you're a few streets away from somewhere you recognize, rather than finding yourself in a strip club parking lot in Philadelphia (thanks GPS).
  • Instead of an expensive private taxi or trying to find your way to the train station, take a bus from the airport. Two companies run comfortable, coach style buses with room underneath for your luggage: ACTV to Piazzale Roma (6 euro, 11 round trip) or ATVO for places further away, like Padua. 
  • Or take a boat to and from San Marco Square (15 euro).  We ended up doing this on the way back since we were working in the square and wanted to avoid carrying our equipment at all costs. The trip took quite a while, but it was very enjoyable to pass by the other islands, even if it was quite foggy. 
  • There are lots of signs for the bridges, San Marco Square and other landmarks, even graffiti points the way. I guess the locals have got tired of constantly being asked by tourists which way to go, and just painted the directions  on nearby walls.
  • Visit San Marco's piazza early, even 9 am will have a big difference on the crowds compared to later in the day. Or, if you're not worried about the crowds, visit at sunset when the gold mosaics really glow!
  • Gondola rides are very expensive, as in 80 euro expensive! if you're dying to go out on the water try taking the vaporetto (7 euro, 20 for an all day pass) around Venice or to a nearby island. Or, for a quick trip, take the traghetto across the Grand Canal for a few euro.
  • Spend an evening drinking spritzes near a canal or church. A spritz is a mixture of white wine, aperol (which tastes something like orange and rhubarb) or Campari and soda water. I found them for as little as 2.50 and it wasn't uncommon for people to wander off with their glasses to sit on public benches or steps. There's a bar called Al Baron with almost no seating inside but with many benches in the square out front, next to both a canal and the church Santa Maria de Miracoli. A woman sang for a nearby restaurant, and I spent the evening drawing the church and drinking 3 euro spritzes until it got too dark.

    And some practical info:
  • Billa and Coop are two grocery chains, not all locations are on Google maps, though. Once you know your hotel you might want to go to their websites and check if there are any nearby.
  • Like elsewhere in Italy, there is a tourism tax per night you stay. In Venice it was 2.50 a night per person for up to 5 nights, and most places prefer this in cash.
  • If you order a coffee, you'll get something most English speakers would call espresso. A milky coffee is a cafe latte.

  • Have you been to Venice? What advice would you give someone going there for the first time?

    Dec 30, 2014

    2014 - the Year in Review

    Now that it's the awkward, lazy, transitional week between Christmas and New Years, it's time to reflect on the past year, where we earned our bragging rights and those times we'd rather forget.

    Highlights from the year:

    Started working out several days a week, and eating a bit healthier! (Might turn this into a blog series, what do you think?)
    Finally got published! (In a peer reviewed journal, not like a novel or anything)
    Started taking this blog a little more seriously, and made a facebook page for it.
    Finally got my US Passport renewed (I can go home now!)
    My sister got engaged!

    Things I could have done better:

    That damn thesis - I emailed my first draft of the whole thing to my adviser in February, but didn't hear back till August when I contacted another prof at the same institution to go find out what happened to him. My adviser won't tell me what I need to do next, only that I'm missing something. The more research I do, the more things I uncover that I already suggested and he shot down. It seems like no matter who I contact, I get no reply or a half-hearted one. But I'm not going to give up.

    Getting hung up on negative stuff. - I dwell. A lot of frustrating stuff has happened to us since moving to Germany (like, borderline illegal stuff) and it's really hard for me to let it go and just move on.


    In 2014 I visited Malaga (twice), with a day trip to Granada, Prague with a day trip to Kutna Hora, Biarittz and some nearby towns, Edinburgh, Rome with a day trips to Bracciano and Vatican City, Barcelona, Berlin and Venice. Oh, and I rang in the New Year in the US (but was too sick to go out, though). So that's... 8 countries in one year. 9 if you count Vatican City.


    In 2014, I:
    Climbed an extinct volcano.
    Visited 6 new Castles (Prague Castle doesn't count, because it's not really a castle)
    Saw Castellers build human towers in Barcelona and Good Friday Processions in Malaga
    Saw the Sistine Chapel
    Watched my friends get married in Southern France and discovered a beach with an "I-can't believe-it's-the-North-Atlantic" View:
    Got to visit Venice, a place I didn't think we could really afford on my company's expense (Ok, Ok, so I was shut up in a dark room a lot of the time working, but still, Venice!) and ate a giant pink Meringue.

    Low Points

    Almost got stranded in France due to strikes.
    Got the date of my flight home from Prague wrong, and showed up at the airport a day early and had to find a hotel for one night.
    Got rained on and sunburned in some unexpected places (Torrential rain in Malaga, and sunburn in Edinburgh?)
    Had two places in Barcelona refuse to serve us food, one forgot to bring me my food (I got it eventually) and another didn't give me a drink I ordered. Needless to say, it colored my experience a lot.

    Plans for 2015

    So this is what I have to look forwards to for 2015:
    January - Two weeks in India
    February - No travel planned, need to make effort to get out of the house even though it'll be cold and rainy
    March - Research Paper due, Application for refunding of my current work institution is due, Athens
    April - Krakow, Lisbon and Porto
    May - Istanbul, Munich and Nurnburg, Copenhagen
    June - Budapest, move back to US

    and then I don't know. My sister and a good friend of mine are getting married in October (not to each other) but as of right now, I have no idea where I'll be (other than the US. I think.)


    In 2015, I want to:
    Find a job
    Finish my Thesis
    Keep working out and join a real gym when we're settled
    Be able to do an unassisted pull up from a standstill by the end of the year

    Start saving for retirement
    Invest more money

    What were your favorite things about 2014, and what are your plans for the next year?

    Dec 21, 2014

    This Week... December 21st, 2014

    This Week I....

    ...found out my Research Visa application was accepted! I'm going to Chennai! Wednesday I paid the fees, and was told I could pick it up Christmas Eve!

    .... tried to withdraw €160 from an ATM (because India Visa Services is cash only - I'll never get used to that kind of stuff), pressed the wrong button and poof! It disappeared into the aether. Turns out the aether in this case was the microchip on my debit card.

    ...then got an email Friday morning that they want an additional €174 because I'm British.

    ...finally started playing Skyrim. I think the menu system is super awkward, but every game has a learning curve, right?

    ...had my heating turned off for a few hours Saturday morning. Just because.

    ...finished this season of Serial, and despite a few misgivings about the consequences of the show (how many lives are being turned upside down for the purpose of entertainment?) I'm hooked. Who else listens?

    ...visited the Christmas markets in feint of the Rathaus (town hall) and the one in the red light district, which wasn't terribly interesting.

    Dec 16, 2014

    Expat Christmas: DIY Snowflakes

    If you're new to my blog, I'm a mostly American expat living in Germany. My contract here ends in about half a year, so don't want to spend a lot of money here on things I can't take back with me. Things like Christmas tree ornaments and other decorations. Two years ago I tried to make my own paper ornaments with varying degrees of success, and last year I made crochet snowflakes.
    Even if you're not of the Christmas celebrating persuasion, these are great general winter time decorations and can stay up long after your other Christmas decorations come down!

    I'm just going to get this out of the way here: the following photos here are not mine, and belong to the crafters who made the snowflakes and tutorials. I'd also like to apologize for any mistakes I've made giving credit to the Russian sites, because google translate can only get you so far.

    Paper Snowflakes

    These patterns are by La Pappa Dulce

    Some cool 3d Snowflakes found at Kivitalo Ranskalaiseen Henkeen.

    These ballerinas by Лёлины рукоделки dress up your snowflakes and are perfect for Nutcracker themes. The site is in Russian, but the templates are easy to find.

    Download these patterns as PDFs for some Star Wars snow flakes by Anthony Herrera Designs.

    And here are some gorgeous Game of Thrones houses Snowflakes by Krys Higgins.

    There is a large collection of snowflake patterns here, at Joyzz.

    Beaded Snowflakes

    I tried to makes some of these, but they came out too floppy to use as ornaments. I wonder what they threaded the beads onto? I don't think you could use wire.

    The pattern for these snowflakes and others can be found on Biserock.org (Russian).

    The following are a part of a larger beaded snow flake roundup, all posted here by on a liveinterenet.ru account by user Таша92. I found them on pinterest, but it blocks me from following the link to liveinternet.ru. I figured out how to get around it, and the sites looks safe but I just wanted to give you the heads up than pinterest does not like these sites!

    Crochet Snowflakes

    Snowflakes are simpler to make than they look, since you work around the center and each little branch or section is repeated 6 times. Each 'round' moves you farther away from the center and you essentially work in a continuous spiral.

    These beauties are from petalstopicots.com, they look a little bit above my level though! Find them here.

    These two only require two or three stitches, and I suspect that if you prefer to do a similar stitch instead of one you can't quite get the hang of, they'll turn out fine.

    Simple Snow Flake by AccordingToMatt.com

    I have successfully made these two, and I wear one of them on my hat!

    Edible Snowflakes

    These are made out of melted white chocolate! by Little Delight Cakes, find the directions here.

    OK, this one isn't edible, but I'm going to put this snowflake place mat by Merrick's Art here because it's food related.

    Dec 14, 2014

    This Week... December 14th, 2014

    I really fell off the wagon with these! Still, no time like the present to start again.

    This week I....

    ...handed in the documents for my visa to India.
    ...got the bibliography information for my first published paper.
    ...watched Frozen for the first time. Nice to see a few tropes shaken up.
    ...have been enjoying the Rathaus Christmas Market from the train as it passes over Kennedy Bridge.
    ...waited in vain to hear whether or not I got my requested holidays for 2015. Meanwhile, that flight to Athens has increased 20 euro.

    And now for some links:

    Paula through the Looking Glass linked to this round up of Tiny Travel Tattoos on her facebook page. Now, I'm not interested in getting a tattoo myself, but how cute would these be in the corner of your travel journal or luggage tag?

    The husband and I will be flying back to the US at the end of June, and here's another possible low cost option from Norwegian Air in addition to WOW air.

    I've read this before, but I love Mental Floss's Fiercest One Liners in History

    Travel and Leisure brings us The Real Deal with Amazon Travel (this is US only, so far)

    Lüneberg Christmas Markets

    Lüneberg is a town about half an hours train ride from Hamburg Central Station, and while it's not the most famous town in the region (that would fall to UNESCO heritage site Lübeck), it does have one unique event that piqued my interest: the historical or renaissance Christmas Market held the weekend of December 6th.

    We almost didn't make it.

    Of course, the first bus was early so we missed it by seconds, and the second was late. We had originally decided to get our regional ticket at the U-bahn station, but we were cutting it so finely we thought we should wait until we got to Hauptbahnhof/Central Station and see how much time we had left.

    We thought we could make it, bought our ticket and then waded into the melee of travelers.
    I think this must be unique to the Hamburg area, but people don't say 'Excuse me ' when they want to get by, instead they just shove. Whenever I go somewhere crowded, I end up spending more time watching the people around me than the event I'm there for, just so I don't get knocked about.

    The part of the station above the platforms is mass chaos, full of people rushing, people walking slowly in large, spread out groups, people standing still eating in the middle of the walk ways. Confused people suddenly turning around and running the opposite direction into the people behind them. People pushing their way in front of you, only to just stop and send a text message. Anytime you are traveling through that section of Hauptbahnhof, you really need to leave a lot of extra time just to move through the crowds, and we were already running late.

    Eventually we made it to our platform, where the waiting train started to close it's doors. Umbrellas and gloves went flying as a small group of us dashed from car to car until we found one a woman was holding open for the last stragglers. We wandered down the length of the train until we found two empty seats across from a man with a huge beard.

    Lüneberg  has a proper, charming old town, something Hamburg is missing. I really enjoy how the old, traditional buildings now house modern boutiques, cafes, even chain stores. Once we'd left the train station, we were greeted by rows of half timbered houses (I know this style as "Tudor", does anyone know if this is in fact the same style?) and some less-than modern modes of transportation:

    The largest market was in front of the Rathaus (townhall), but there were stalls spread out in front of churches and squares, and along the old town streets.

    The Rathaus statues were all of portly men and women.

    There was an unusual mix of stalls throughout the old town, like an essential oils seller placed unfortunately close to a fish stand. Or maybe that was on purpose, to prove the scented power of the oil? If it was, it didn't work.

    The historical market was very small and was so crowded I couldn't actually see what most places were selling. I managed a few glimpses of breads, sweets, candles and spices through the throngs, but didn't think I could get any closer safely.

    It didn't really make it a very pleasant experience. Between the small size and the crowds, I'd say not worth it.

    We retreated  back to a cafe we'd passed earlier advertising crepes, bought two giant coffees, crepes and waffles to fortify ourselves. Then back we went to the Townhall to enjoy the lights.

    A small group of brass musicians played from the balconies, as a train whizzed around a small track.

    Overall, it was a pleasant afternoon trip, but for 25.50 for the two of us, I don't think we'll be back again. We still have Lübeck, Bremen and Schwerin to visit in the area.

    Dec 2, 2014

    A Tripit App review

    I first downloaded Tripit for my ipod back before I was traveling much. I didn't see the point in it really, it didn't provide me with any information (or travel inspiration) I didn't already have, and I quickly forgot about it, and then uninstalled it.

    But a few years later, I gave it another shot, this time on an Android with a larger screen. I realized that I had been using it the wrong way. Instead of being a planner like Trip Adviser, which can provide you with ideas of where to go and what to do, Tripit keeps your itinerary organized. I get the sense that this app is intended for business travelers, who might not be planning their own journey or have a lot of meetings and other structured activities pre-arranged.

    When I find a cheap flight with good dates I create a new trip, enter in the dates I'm flying and the carrier and flight number, and Tripit fills in the rest. If I decide the next weekend would be better for my schedule, I can change the dates and Tripit will double check the times. Then I usually open up tripadviser and wikitravel and start adding all the things I want to do. If I don't have a date or time in mind for these activities and attractions, I just let them pile up on the first day and move them around later.

    I can also add ground and water transportation, for the journey from the airport to the hotel or if we want to take any days trips.

    From Europe to Asia to Europe, by air, land and water

    All this information was added automatically
    I tend to leave the food (and craft beer bars) to my husband. He finds some affordable, interesting, and well rated restaurants, we choose our favorites, and add them in.

    One key feature of Tripit that I don't use very often is it's ability to sync or be updated by other users for something like a business trip or a tour group, where you have a lot of people doing the same thing. If you forward a confirmation email to Tripit, it will automatically update your itinerary for you, so if you're managing a large number of people you can update everyone with the relevant information at once. I don't actually use the email forwarding feature since I tend to use the app to plan a trip as much as to stay organized once I'm there. By the time I buy the tickets, the flight has been entered for some time.

    But this time I gave it a try. I actually just forwarded the flight proposal my office sent me to double check to them and it worked. Eventually. I had signed up using a gmail account (@gmail.com), and their service interpreted my email as coming from a different email at googlemail  (@googlemail.com). I also have this problem with pinterest. I had to merge the two addresses, and then it worked fine, and entered in all my flight information automatically.

    Some of the fields for a restaurant
    It's also nice to have a copy of our plans that I can't accidentally throw away, or get lost in my inbox. A few days ago, I went through all my holidays for the year,  double checked the dates and also what time I flew to determine how many holiday days I have left. 10! These will roll over into next year, and I'll get half my yearly allotment since I'm moving back to the states at the end of June. That means I'll have 25 vacation days to use up in 6 months, when I only managed to use 20 in all of 2014! Hopefully I'll get paid for the ones I don't take, because otherwise I'll be sitting at home for some of those last days.

    But anyway, back to the app. When you add an event or destination, you're given a variety of fields to fill out to keep all your information together, things like confirmation numbers, urls and photos, as well as time and address. Once you have an address added, you can tap on it and google maps (or another map app of your choice) will open up to show you where it is.

    I find Tripit very useful for organizing trips and storing ideas, but there are somethings I wish they'd change:

    • More categories and icons - There are only four activity types available - meeting, tour, concert and theatre. The average traveler probably isn't going to be attending any meetings, and while he or she may
      go to a concert or the theatre, they're probably not going to be going more than once. What about museums? the beach? cathedrals? festivals? neighborhoods? shopping? rock climbing?

      This is probably just a minor quibble, but take a look at how my plans for Istanbul appear-->

      For an app that's purpose is to organize your itinerary and provide you with information quickly, that's not very helpful.
    • Requiring an end time for activities. I know, I know, you need to leave enough time to get from one place to another, but when I'm on holiday I'm a bit more relaxed, time is a bit more relative, and I often just want to say "after the Colosseum we will visit the forum" rather than "at 3:30 we leave the Colosseum and see the Forum at 3:35".
    • The calendar syncing feature doesn't work on my android. I've tried it many, many times, and the only way I can get it to work is to manually add the url in a browser, rather than through the app. It's just a one time add, but it is a little annoying to set up, especially since that feature is supposed to be built in.
    • A multi-add option would be nice. When I am traveling for work, I would love to be able to enter that I'm working 9-5 every week day instead of having to enter it day by day (so far, the longest work trip I've had is three weeks).

    There is also a paid version of Tripit, but from what I can tell, the features you get will (like flight tracking) only work with an internet connection, something I don't often have at airports or while traveling.

    While Tripit won't help you pick a hotel or book a train ticket, it's a very useful (if somewhat tedious) way of organizing your trip, and you won't ever accidentally lose an address like you might on a printout. It's easy enough to rearrange items if your plans change (for example, in case of rain), which also makes it good for keeping a record or what you did when, which can make it a useful tool for travel writers and bloggers, as well as for more official business like work travel.

    Have you used Tripit? maybe the Pro version? How about any other apps like it? or maybe you'd rather just use pen and paper to plan your trips?

    Nov 26, 2014

    Pumpkin Chunkin

    Like Black Friday and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes, watching Pumpkin Chunkin is a seasonal Fall activity that Americans participate in that makes the rest of the world say "huh?".

    Broadcasted yearly on the Science Channel (although it's been cancelled this year), Pumpkin Chunkin is a competition fueled by torque, compressed air and the desire to hurl heavy objects great distances.

    There are several categories of machines, such as trebuchet and compressed air canons, as well as different age groups. The teams and their machines have names like "Yankee Siege II", "Smokin Lamas", "Fibonacci Unlimited II" and an all female team's cannon: "Hormone Blaster".

    Tradition dictates we tailgate, which in this context means picnicking, grilling, eating and drinking out of the tail gate of someone's car, in this case my friend's Toyota Sequoia, a ridiculously large SUV that was monstrous in the US, let alone the streets of Europe.
    A fixture at American football games, tailgating is a chance for people to get into the spirit of the event, and talk to other fans. A few guys came over from a nearby camp to admire our beer selection and chat up my friend.

    It was pretty cold and windy and we realized if we turned our SUV around, it would block the wind at least. As she pulled out of the parking spot, one of the guys we were talking to previously leaps up and sprints after her, yelling "don't leave me Blondie!"
    Here's Blondie:

    We were pretty excited to see the trebuchets and catapults, but the schedule had changed and the new order was only posted inside the field area, where you couldn't bring your own food and we were still eating. So unfortunately we missed that, but we were just in time for the cannons. (sorry about the photo quality, these were all taken on my ipod 3 years ago).

    A field of artillery greeted us, with flags flying, like some alternate-history battlefield. A loud boom, a puff of smoke and a pumpkin hurtling through air so fast you miss it most of the time. The pumpkins are painted white to help them stand out against the brown grass, but against a bright sky or amid a cloud of smoke they disappear.

    Eventually we got the hang of anticipating where the pumpkin would be, otherwise the cannons could have been firing nothing and we would have been none the wiser.

    Some, ahem, local charm:

    We finished the day at the Dogfish head brew pub in nearby Rehoboth, and after a long drive back, went to bed early.

    Nov 24, 2014

    Veggie Thanksgiving Round Up

    If you've been reading this blog regularly, you'll know I'm a pescatarian - like a vegetarian, plus fish and seafood. My family gave up other kinds of meat for ethical reasons about... I guess nearly 6 years ago, when I was a junior at university. Honestly, apart from a few specific foods (like buffalo wings, but that might just be the spicy, buttery sauce) I don't miss meat very much.

    But I do miss enjoying some of the meals and traditions that sort of revolve around meat. Grilling just isn't the same when you have to bring a veggie dog (which are gross), diner breakfasts feel just a little empty when short of bacon, and of course, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are often reduced to a few side dishes.
    So I asked around for suggestions and got some great ideas I just had to share:

    Abby from My Body Zen had a whole dinner full of suggestions, including Vegan Cranberry Sauce, Carrot & Apple Ginger Soup, Lentil Walnut Loaf, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream.

    Kelley who blogs at Lavender & Cream told me about a cauliflower mac and cheese recipe that's out of this world and hinted at a sweet potato brûlée recipe coming out soon.

    Emily who blogs over at Rainbow Delicious had a lot of recipes that would be great for a meatless Thanksgiving, including Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta and Potato topped Veggies, and appetizers like Roasted Tomato & Thyme Burrata Crostini, Feta Stuffed Bell Peppers and Grape Fontina Rosemary Skewers

    Cassandra at Curse of Cassandra suggested Manicotti, stuffed shells, or lasagna (her suggestion actually inspired me to make Manicotti last week!) and offer some good advice: tons of spices, including garlic on veggies.

    Jenny from Honey and Birch suggests this Gorgonzola and Green Bean Casserole.

    Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere had these recipes to share: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Blue Cheese and Cranberries (my husband would love this!), an Apple and Mushroom Wild Rice stuffing (just sub veggie broth for chicken broth) and her Layered Sweet Potato and Apple Bake.

    Michelle at Vitamin Sunshine suggested brussels sprouts with pomegranate pecans and Pistachio Salmon with Cranberry Sauce and Celriac (Celery root) Mash for pescitarians.

    Want more ideas?

    Samantha from Jill of all Trades told me everything by the Minimalist Baker is fantastic, and sure enough she has an Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up.

    12 Vegan and Vegetarina Thanksgiving Recipes by Design*Sponge

    Our Holiday Best: 20 Top Veg Thanksgiving Recipes by Vegetarian Times

    If you need a laugh and some reassurance you're not alone, the BBC compiled a great list of stories from people around the world: 20 of your tales of vegetarian woe.

    Jonathan Pagden, Chesham, Bucks: I once stayed in a hotel in Munich (in a land famous for offering six varieties of meat for breakfast), and asked for the vegetarian lunch option. The waiter brought a plate of bacon. When I pointed this out, he said, with a completely straight face, "It came from a vegetarian pig." I still don't know whether he was joking.

    Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to foodiesfeed.com, for providing bloggers with free and royalty free food photos, like the one I used up top.

    Nov 18, 2014

    Olsdorf Cemetery and Park

    We went here Saturday, November 1st since we thought visiting a graveyard would be a good way to enjoy the unusually nice weather and extend the spooky festivities.
    There were neither ornate mausoleums nor crumbling gravestones. Everything was very neat and tidy, with parts that could even be described as well manicured. Some areas had no graves at all, and were just peaceful places besides ponds, making it a combination of one part nature park, one part final resting place.

    Even thought it's a graveyard, the park is brimming with life:

    Blackberries growing in November? They were sour (yes, we tried graveyard berries).

    The squirrels here are quite shy (even on campus!) and it can be quite unusual to get a glimpse of one, and almost always they scamper away before you can get a photo.

    I noticed that this little guy doesn't have ear tufts! he's still cute anyway.

    The many ponds throughout the cemetery are what really made the visit memorable. Between this one green with duckweed:

    and the ones clear enough to reflect the fall foliage, they created more colorful spaces to enjoy.

    The reflection was so perfect I've put this one on it's side

    Despite how peaceful some of the corners where, there was also a surprising amount of traffic, although I guess based on it's size there would have to be at least one road cutting through it. There were also plenty of cyclists riding down the narrow paths, so you still need to keep an eye out for them.

    Olsdorf Cemetery actually appears on the first page of things to do on the Trip Adviser page for Hamburg. While it was a lovely walk, I wouldn't include it on a city break to Hamburg, unless you have a specific interest in the cemetery or someone buried there.

    To get there, take the S1 to Olsdorf, and it's right across the street from the station.
    Friedhof Ohlsdorf
    Fuhlsbüttler Straße 756, 22337 Hamburg
    040 593880

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