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This photo was shot when I was in Reinfeld. The fields of rape looked gorgeous in full flower. There was also a lot of deer. There have been moments where I didn’t trust my eyes because the head of a dear popped out of the field. But usually, I wasn’t fast enough to take the photo. But these moments were beautiful nonetheless and I really needed those moments because beside them, the reason why I was there was pretty sad as my uncle got terminal ill at that time and died later. I wouldn’t have been a help if I would have focussed entirely on that, so, nature helped me to go through that with him.

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  1. I am sorry to hear about your uncle. He is in a better place now.
    Nonetheless, this photo is wonderful. How I wish I could visit a place like that sometime in the future. 🙂

    • We saw it like that too. In the end, he just suffered. Now he has peace.

      The area is beautiful. It’s a little bit outside of my home town… not too far away. We have some really cool things around our city Lübeck, from the Baltic Sea to farmland or small forests. But Reinfeld was definitely a calm place with farms, ponds, many animals and so. It is especially a paradise for those interested in bird photography. I shot so many bird photos there. I liked it a lot.

      I would like to see many places on this planet too, although I’m not a traveler (I don’t like the costs or stress to get there or departure stress). And I don’t trust airplanes 😀 So, I can only watch documentaries and apart from that attempting to find interesting things here locally. I traveled in the past and have seen some places in Europe and being somewhere else was nice, but not the stress connected with getting there or coming back home. It was always exhausting.

      • Perhaps one day, when I would be able to visit your country, I would include your place in my itinerary. 😎✈️

        What countries have you visited, so far? I agree that it is costly to travel regularly, and that economy seats inside airplanes might get the better of you. But for me, the memories I created, the lessons I learned, and the realisations I made after visiting other countries would always be worth it. I have embarked on solo and group travels, and I appreciate every moment I have from those trips. ☺️

        • We’ve been very often to France. Several years in a row for six weeks each. Enough time to enjoy the place. Family and friends had a favorite place there called Argeles Sur Mer. It’s close to the Pyrenees, so, when we sat at the beach, on our side was the magical view of the Pyrenee mountain range. From there it’s not far away to Spain since the Pyrenees are basically the border. So, we’ve also been to Spain very often. They have some incredibly old and beautiful villages there. I’ve also been to the Netherland and to Denmark. That’s pretty much it. Never been outside of Europe.

          I do understand that people like traveling. I have friends who still regularly do. I’d do too if teleportation would be invented 😀

        • Hey, those countries you mentioned are all in my travel dream list! Perhaps, if I were a European, I would not think of leaving my own continent, too, since there are just so many places to discover and so many things to experience. I consider Europe a “complete” place: it experiences all the four seasons, with its lush mountain scenery, fine beaches, superb architecture, and interesting history. Very different from my country, where it is only the wet and dry seasons (and it is humid in my city most of the time!). Crossing my fingers that I would be able to visit your country and the rest of Europe someday. 🙂

        • On the other side, it’s often that people find other places more interesting than their own. It’s wanderlust. I once laughed hard with a friend from Austria… she’s living right next to the hills and when I asked her how often she is wandering up there, she replied “The last time, several years ago”. She then said it would be more interesting to have beaches as I have in Northern Germany and assumed I would go to the beach every day. I told her “Nope, the last time I’ve been on the beach was 2 years ago” and that’s where we couldn’t stop laughing. Neither did she enjoy her hills regularly, nor did I enjoy our beaches regularly. We’ve been blind to the things in front of our own doors. Things that you could see every day if you wanted to, are not as interesting as things you can’t see every day. So, naturally, we find everything more interesting than our own place or things we already know. However, I broke out of that a while ago, I wanted to “rediscover” my own place again, by opening the eyes again. Photography really helped me do that because I am actively looking for things again. But if I watch a documentary about any Asian place, about Australia and so on, I again think their places are more special then ours. 😀 I think it’s normal to think that other places are more special than our own.

          But I don’t disagree with you. Europe is very mixed and rich in culture, history and so on. Our climate is definitely pretty balanced, because once you get tired of the summer heat, you’re going into the fresher autumn and later into the cold winter, and things repeat with the beautiful moderate spring. You can still find beautiful architecture here, although there is the trend that cities look more and more modern (placing futuristic architecture right next to historic architecture), including my city, which is a shame.

          I hope your travel dream will come true in the future 🙂

        • I guess we always take for granted the familiar things around us, that we always seek something new someplace. You have a wonderful way of explaining wanderlust – that anecdote about your friend in Austria is funny! :)))

          It is good to know that you are rediscovering your place through photography. Maybe I could do it here as well, so that I could appreciate even the smallest stuff around me here now.

          Thank you for wishing my travel dreams to come true. If ever I would step my foot there in Germany, I would let you know. Hopefully, you would not be too shy to meet me. Hahaha! 🙂

        • Sure, if you’re ever here in Northern Germany, let me know! I am probably shy because my spoken English is horrible (not much practice) compared to my written English but… hey, learning by doing! 🙂

  2. Actually, English is my second language, too, Filipino/Tagalog being my native tongue. I just learned English at a young age. Schools here in my country teach English to students as a separate subject. Perhaps, after I master my third language (Portuguese), I would start learning German, so I could attempt to talk to you in your native tongue. I think it’s fascinating to learn more languages, because for me, it is fun to discover the world through speaking a new language. 😊

    Yeah, I hope to see you someday, mate. For now, let us stay safe amid this pandemic. 😀

    • We have English very early too but that’s super basic stuff. I’d still say I’m self-taught. Our schools are bad, they do teach people to commit something to memory but they don’t teach how to actively use or apply the new knowledge. But I had an advantage… I consumed a lot of English media before I even had English in school, which resulted in the situation that I never really had to learn vocabulary in school lol (I played through PC adventure games with a lot of English text, with a translation book in my hand in the ’80s and ’90s lol). But grammar in school was helpful and opened some doors. But if you just watch English movies or documentaries, if you can play games in English or read the news, write a blog or comment somewhere in English, it’s all just writing and reading… That’s why I am not experienced in talking because I barely do. I think this is a different skill I would need to practice as well. Sometimes I actually did, by playing PC multiplayer games with others who spoke English… but that’s still basic communication too and not enough to become very fluent.

      I do agree with you, languages are fascinating. I once also knew a little bit of French since we had it in school too. But I forgot most of it because there were literally zero use-cases except for traveling to France. But once home, the internet is just full of English stuff… also in real-life, in the job… it’s everywhere. English is so present that it’s difficult to unlearn it. I never experienced the same with another language. I should have actively looked for French websites, be it news or anything. Now the knowledge is almost completely lost. That’s what makes me afraid of learning languages that aren’t as common as English. Still, I wish I would be fluent in French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese… those four would be high on my list. I attempted Chinese but damn… that’s another league for a European 😀

      Stay safe!

      • You have a very resourceful way of learning English! Indeed, games and other forms of media could also be used to practise your knowledge in a language.

        I agree that there are problematic ways the education system nowadays handles the learning process of students. Here in my country, I remember back then in my elementary and high school days when my teachers would force us to memorise blocks of texts about a topic, but they never bothered to explain why we must commit these things to heart, and how we could apply these information to improve the human experience. I have appreciated the art of critical thinking when I was in college, but now I am a part of the workforce, it seems that people around me don’t exercise it that much. Mostly, critical thinking stays within the four walls of a university. I hope this would improve someday, so that more people would benefit from a holistic education. 🙂

        Keep up the great work in learning English, Dennis! Language immersion could be difficult when nobody around you speaks it. At least, you’re doing well with the reading and written aspect of English – eventually, speaking would come to you easily. 😀

        • “teachers would force us to memorise blocks of texts about a topic, but they never bothered to explain why we must commit these things to heart, and how we could apply these information to improve the human experience”

          Yeah, totally know what you mean. I did experience that with many teachers or subjects. I’ve always been a person who needed some kind of a connection between theory and practice, otherwise, it was a hard nut to crack for me. A teacher was once surprised and told me “Nice, you’re actually not that bad, you understand it now!” and I looked confused at her and thought “Yeah, Sherlock, now that I see how I can practically apply the knowledge, it for sure clicks”. If people give me 3 ingredients but don’t tell me what it’s for, I do for sure have trouble understanding what they want from me.

        • I hope that the educational systems that we have experienced would be reformed thoroughly to be more holistic and practical. For now, we do our best to learn things on our own.

          I hope you’re doing great now, Dennis! 🙂

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