1948 - childhood

From 1948 to 1960 - childhood

My first event far from home (about 10 km) were some days at my grandparents' in Kamen (Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany), when I not yet went to school.

In 1951 I had my first day at school:

A couple of years later, in 1955, I needed a rest cure at the seaside.
I went to the Northsea island Juist by train for 6 weeks.
It was a wonderful time. I enjoyed it to be far from home!

In 1957 cycle tour and camping
It was during the summer holidays when my parents started a cycle tour with me.
We took a train from Bönen (Kreis Unna) to Nienburg / Weser.
From there we cycled about 20 km to a camping site in Rethem / Aller.
The next day it rained but we had to go across the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg Heath) to Hamburg.
The night before we reached Hamburg we had an overnight stay on the camping site in Heber / Soltau in the middle of the heath.
The 4th, 5th and 6th night we spent on the camping ground in Hamburg-Stellingen near Hagenbeck's zoo (a famous one).
In the morning of the 7th day we started the return trip and in the afternoon we arrived at Verden / Aller.
There we spent the night on a boat of the youth hostel.
The next morning brought us a bad surprise - a neverending heavy rain.
So we took a train to return home.
Nevertheless I enjoyed this cycle tour with my parents.

In 1958 I participated in a school trip (outing).
We hiked across the Teutoburger Wald - 5 days from youth hostel to youth hostel.
The weather was fair to middling, but we had a lot of joy.

In 1960 I took a train to Hansestadt Bremen in order to visit my female penfriend.
I had to take my younger brother with me, unfortunately.
We spent our nights in our tent on the camp ground in Bremen-Lankenau.

[Because of the expansion of the Bremen port this camp ground had to disappear.]

Weser (river)