Do drink enough!!!
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.
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Reading a map!
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
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Sunday in Germany
Although is sounds odd - remember that most things are closed on Sundays in Germany. We tried to find a bakery open for breakfast on a Sunday morning and no luck! Some of the coffee houses are open, and the restaurants will open after 1pm - but forget about shops or the malls.
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Be prepared of the floods of the Danube !
Be prepared of the frequent floods of the Danube ! Mostly they will occur after heavy rainfalls in the alps of Bavaria and Austria.
Click on my picture and take a look at these markings at the wall of the old townhall and compare them with the persons standing in front of it.
In 2002 the flood was a lot higher than 2,5 meters above street-level. In 1954 it was even one meter higher than that !
Be careful, when parking your car in Passau and taking a cruiseship down the Danube or biking to Vienna.The flood may easily come within a few hours !
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No fence at the river
In the centre of Passau walking along the Danube is big fun and a wide boulevard - almost without any car-trafic - with thousands of people on that boulevard might be a certain danger, when you walk, watch the ships sailing by or docked there, and do not keep in mind, that a simple step into the wrong direction will get you or your children into troubles.
I really cannot understand, why this popular side-walk does not have a fence at all !
On my picture : M/S Mozart , a cruiseship with mainly german passengers. The giant windows in front are of the indoor-swimmingpool. Just imagine swimming in the pool and watching the beautiful landscape passing by...
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With so many mountain rivers coming your way, floods are just a part of life here. On the town hall, you find this measuring wall, where you can see that 2002 was a bad year, but still nowhere near 1954!
- Sailing and Boating
The German Language and Bavarian dialects
If, like me, you understand a little German from your school days, don't go to Bavaria expecting to understand anything.
The Bavarians pride themselves on speaking a dialect that only they understand. This excludes not only people from abroad but those from the rest of Germany too.
I honestly thought that I would be able to understand the topic of a conversation even if I could not understand the detail. Wrong. I understood not a thing.
An example would be "Ich sage" which, in the Bavarian dialect becomes phonetically "ee sog" although it is spelt the same when written.
Even basics like numbers do not escape the Bavarian dialect treatment. "Zwanzig" becomes "Zwonske".
Forget your 'O' level "Hochdeutsche" German and start learning a completely new language.
Flooding WILL occur in Passau regularly. It is just a case of how high the water will reach. In Rathaus place there is a marker showing water levels for the worst floods over hundreds of years. August 2002 saw the worst flooding since 1954.
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