By now, most people have been surprised at the speed we're traveling, and that's all due to our awesome e-bikes! At the begining of our trip we were not so knowledgeable, it took us some time to really get started and made many mistakes from which we learned (still learning!) a lot along the way. We now feel more confident about our bodies and these bikes, and as the experience grows, the faster we go. Our average speed is now around 23 km an hour and we're cycling 120 km a day, which is pretty good! Passing Sweden in only 9 days and Denmark in 2. In Germany we decided to find a nice place to stay and rest for two days, we needed some restitution for our bodies. We did Germany in a total of 5-6 days.
We made a stop right after we got off the ferry from Helsingborg in Sweden to Helsingør in Denmark, it was rainy and cold all of a sudden, since we got there pretty late. We needed a place to sleep, so we found a nice hostel near by for a good price. But first we needed a place to eat, so we found this cute organic restaurant, but found out their menu was closed and they were having a "French night" with musicians playing the beautiful melodies of Yann Tiersen (the composer of Amelie movie soundtrack) and Edith Piaf, which are both my favorites. We were hungry and they only had cheese and such, but it was so hard to leave, it was magical and I just couldn't stop thinking of France and how excited I am to get there. Although this moment is great too.
Denmark is really beautiful, the architecture is esthetic and everything is so tidy and quiet. The most impressive feature about this country is that their bike roads are so well made. In Copenhagen though, I believe it could even get pretty busy for rush time, bicycle rush time that is. We're both coming from a country where that doesn't exist, used to cycling wherever we got some space and suddenly in Denmark we got all this rules and signs! It was just like driving a car, only with some more space and a little more cosy. I felt kind of goofy, not knowing where to bike, which sign I should follow and almost crashing onto others. Nevertheless Denmark deserves a gold medal for their great biking conditions!
The food alternatives in both Germany and Denmark were not so amazing for us, but their supermarkets and other grocery stores had a bunch of plant based and organic options! Not as great as in Sweden, but great enough for us, for even in small towns we could find what we needed. There was a Japanese restaurant where we ordered a vegan sushi plate and they really did their best to please us, which we appreciated so much! The most challenging part is to be able to pack what we buy, so we cant really buy a lot of heavy stuff nor lots of veggies to cook, we need something easy, light and fast to eat which gives us enough energy or else we have to eat out. Food here doesn't seem to be on the healthy side either, there's a lot of added sugar and a lot of fast food, also for the plant based alternatives, but we manage quite well I have to say! Oats and hummus always save our days (not combined though). Bio Markt in Germany has been our saving stops while charging our electric horses, eating crackers, rye bread and of course, more hummus.
The bike roads in Germany are also pretty awesome, specially when passing cities, like for example Hamburg and our favorite Bremen. It's so easy to bike around! On the country side we passed some really beautiful landscapes filled with yellow flowering canola fields and windmills, cute little straw roof tops and very German old fashion houses with many dwarfs in their gardens, oh and a lot of animals; horses, sheeps, goats, cows, ducks, hawks, dear; they were all outside enjoying the full on spring time.
The weather had been sunny and warm all the way through Sweden and a little in Denmark too, but as we got to Germany it got rainy and very cold all of a sudden, so we had to wear our super rain suits!
We stayed mostly at places booked with airbnb, because we found it was the most economical way to travel in Denmark and Germany. We got lucky with booking a little caravan in the country side some hours after Hamburg, which was also a Biodynamic farm! Sometimes we were not so lucky and had to pay a little more for places we really didn't care for, but that's just what happens sometimes when we don't plan things too well! We're learning.
We are now in The Netherlands and I'll tell you all about it on the next blog post!
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