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July 15, 2016

Yet Another Tough Border Crossing (NOT)!

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Whilst avoiding a run of bad weather during our fortnight’s holiday in Germany last summer, Family Kiwidutch headed a short distance south to Luxemburg.

Our Lady of the Tom Tom for some reason, had us take the smallest of roads home (probably the “most direct route”) and once again we find ourselves at a tiny back road intersection with a sign denoting that we have crossed an international country border.

Interestingly though, since we were entering Germany, we could only see a sign for the Luxemburg that we have just left, but none for the Germany we have just entered, (at least that we could find).

As per my precious post on how easy all international borders should be, we all marvel and appreciate the European Union and the open border and free movement arrangements that benefit so many of the citizens of the participating countries. Let’s take a look at this “blink and you missed it” corn field and dirt track road that denote the country boundary here. The “Anlieger frei” sign actually means ” except for access traffic ” so, not for through traffic, only for people who need to be there. Hmm that’s not quite us then, but since we are here by accident rather than by design it seems logical to just go onewards rather than to go back. Of course maybe the “Anlieger frei” sign is only for the dirt tracks that are the border itself, it’s not really clear. Regardless we are on our way… and through several heavy rain showers along the way, we arrive back in the small town of  Stadtkyll, close to where our Landal holiday park is situated.

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July 14, 2016

The Detail Of Adventures…

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Regular readers of this blog know that I love detail.

The floor of the forest of the Tree Climber Adventure Park in Vianden, Luxemburg was already an obstacle course for me, so I stayed at the bottom and let Himself take the photographs of the kids as they went up the hill and further away around the course.

I also used the zoom lens a lot,  not just on our group but on other more daring souls who were on the upper levels. Some of the upper levels are close by too, so with two cameras we managed a lot of photographs and a few videos of the kids for our private family album.

The instructors gave not only the preliminary class on the workings of the equipment and the safety things to keep in mind at all times, but also zipped around the course giving assistance to those uncertain how to negotiate the next obstacle, stuck because they were not strong enough to haul the rope back from the previous person who had swung over to the large nets, or encourage whose who needed a confidence boost.

With lots of people on the course the instructors could naturally not be everywhere at once.  I was therefore most impressed with many of the teens and adults, visitors like ourselves, who were friendly and patient, helping and encouraging all three of our kids, but especially Little Mr and our guest to negotiate the last stages of their courses. I saw people helping each other all around the course, and a good amount of whoops and cheers when someone they had been encouraging made it to the next staging platform. This meant that the atmosphere here was very relaxed and friendly, adding to the general feeling all round that this was an excellent day out. Kiwi Daughter already wanted to come back again, but in the end we decided that it was a bit far out of our way to come unless the weather at our lodgings further north stayed as soggy as in recent days. In all events this was a one-time visit, but both kids would do this again in a heart beat, and raved about the highlights and challenges of the course all the way home.

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July 13, 2016

Taking An Obstacle Course Skywards…

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Once we find ourselves together again as a group in the Vianden forest in Luxemburg, Himself now tells me that we are not here by chance but because he saw a brochure about this place in a tourist information folder back in Germany.

He had not mentioned it earlier because he assumed we would not come this far south, and once the weather deteriorated, that the weather would be good enough here to do anything anyway.

When he realised that the weather at the Landal park was not going to let up and that there was fine weather here, he remembered the brochure and set this surprise in motion.

What we see is an amazing array of ropes, cables and wooden platforms in the trees around us. There are flying foxes (zip lines), climbing nets, tunnels, cable walkways, ladders of many varieties and people shrieking and laughing as they negotiate the aerial obstacle courses. The three kids are soon signed up and attending a group session where they learn how the course and their equipment works, the safety procedures and how the general rules. After a practice run we find that they all take to it with various levels of daring. There is also an added element of age related strength and skill, Little Mr would have completed one of the upper levels completely had his legs been long enough to have negotiated the distance between the wooden “steps” in the air.

Our guest was the least confident of the three but with careful coaxing and a little help from instructors and some friendly fellow harnessed competitors, she managed to complete the first level of the course. From what I can make out each level starts at a different height and bit by bit the obstacles at that height get harder and harder. Little Mr completed almost all of the second level, Kiwi Daughter made it around most of the third but said that the added height component made it really scary, and she too had issues with not being tall or strong enough for the last obstacles in the level. There appears to be other levels too, even higher, which we just looked at from afar. There are even additional levels in the trees along the road where I came in, but I learned from the instructor that these were for very advanced visitors. After the training course, and during the rest of the afternoon, the three kids added to the squeals of excitement and peels of laughter, everyone having fun and conquering a few fears as an added bonus. I’ve never seen anything like this obstacle course, what an amazing idea!

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