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Old 04-25-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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But with Germany just let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks. Is it complicated to travel between German and Denmark and Sweden? I expect it is not more involved than driving to Canada, if that. Can I drive, or will I need to fly?

From Schleswig-Holstein, I want to visit Busum and Kiel, then Copenhagen, a little island called Hven (preferably for two or three days), Skane area in Sweden, Lund, Bornholme, and Rugen (Plus Tallinn); and if I have time which is unlikely, I will go to Roskilde and Ribe. Of course at some point, I will have to go down south to spend some time with my Brother and his family. I am thinking 2-3 weeks. Is that even possible? I have not measured out distances. There are a few places I will want a couple of days. Others, one day is plenty. Maybe I can get brother and family to come with me. It would be nice to have someone who speaks something other than English (my brother speaks German very fluently, his wife speaks about 8 languages). It is my understanding almost everyone speaks English, at least everyone under 50, still having German as a back up seems wise.

I will not have a ton of time in Tallinn. I just want to see what the area is generally like. At the time of my book Tallinn was a tiny village, probably called Ravel. There was a critical battle fought there in, about June 19, 2019 (give or take a few weeks, I do not remember - it is in my notes). I cannot really write about the events there unless I have at least some idea of what it is like. Sure everything has changed, but the old Danish town hall was constructed within 100 years or less of then. The Climate has changed some, but not a whole lot. That was at the tail end of a 100 Year warming cycle. So I can get a feel for climate, daylight hours, topography, distance for old town to the shore, etc. A lot of it is a bit of a WAG as to whether any of those things are the same 800 years later, but it is a better foundation for a guess than just looking on the internet. For me, to wrtie about what a place is like, I have to feel it. Kinda silly maybe, but it is me.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:18 PM
 
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Thanks. Is it complicated to travel between German and Denmark and Sweden? I expect it is not more involved than driving to Canada, if that. Can I drive, or will I need to fly?
Not complicated at all, at least Germany to Denmark. I've visited that very region to which you are referring (Schleswig/Kiel) and driven to Copenhagen. We were stopped by police near the border crossing, but they just checked our documents and let us go. This was in 2005, mind you, but I doubt much has changed.
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Is that even possible? I have not measured out distances. There are a few places I will want a couple of days. Others, one day is plenty.
Totally doable. I'm going to Germany on Thursday and plan on going to Belgium twice, Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic (not to mention Frankfurt and Bavaria in Germany) over the course of two and a half weeks. It's a fair bit of driving, but what you're describing is far less than that.
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I will not have a ton of time in Tallinn. I just want to see what the area is generally like. At the time of my book Tallinn was a tiny village, probably called Ravel.
Revel or Reval, depending on the language (Russian or German, respectively). That was before 1918 and during the German occupation of 1941-43.
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So I can get a feel for climate, daylight hours, topography, distance for old town to the shore, etc.
Yeah, that's pretty easy to do in a day or two. The town isn't large and if all you're focusing on is Old Town, you can cover it on foot in one afternoon (at a fairly leisurely pace).
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For me, to wrtie about what a place is like, I have to feel it. Kinda silly maybe, but it is me.
Not silly at all - it's the best way to sound like you know what you're talking about.
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Old 04-26-2017, 03:02 AM
 
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My comment wasn't posted due to a technical issue so I'll have to rewrite it some time... :-(
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:39 AM
 
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Hi Coldjensens


If you travel to Denmark and Sweden remember that the are not in the Eurozone and you therefore need to exchange money. Estonia has the Euro so no hassle there...
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:36 AM
 
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I wonder if a topic for expats in Metro Detroit could be stickied. It could be tailored to country of origin. I know there are many expats from China, India, and Japan coming to the area.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:55 AM
 
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Coldjensens:


There's a guy from NZ that is going quite some parts of where you are planning to go by motorcycle. Maybe you want to follow up and get some interesting info...


MrKiwi's European Affair with Red | Adventure Rider
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Coldjensens:


There's a guy from NZ that is going quite some parts of where you are planning to go by motorcycle. Maybe you want to follow up and get some interesting info...


MrKiwi's European Affair with Red | Adventure Rider
Thank you I will watch this. This trip would be almost ideal for me. My Brother lives near Munich. I would skip some of the former USSR countries. Nothing wrong with them that i know of, I just have more interest in other places and woudl want to spend my time there. It seems like it would be great to see it by motorcycle. I wanted to learn to ride this year, but it seems I have to address a torn muniscus first (need to walk before I can ride).
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