This is Germany
It wasn't until I got to Trier, late on a Friday evening, that I remembered seeing its crime figures in a report on Germany. It was a blip on an otherwise low crime region, and out of proportion for a small town of this size. I guessed that it was some kind of anomaly due to some undisclosed reason, like Frankfurt's crime rate is unusually high because it's day time doubling of its population and the airport traffic.
Walking around Trier at night taking pictures, it felt that the crime figures might not be an anomaly at all. It's not like Trier is dangerous, this is Germany after all, but there did seem to be quite a bit of bad behaviour from the crowds of drunken teenagers. The first I saw was staggering across the Hauptmarkt, shouting angrily and stupidly at passersby. Then, around the corner, I came across a large crowd of drunken teenagers waiting for a bus, standing in a sea of broken beer bottles.
Not really a problem apart from the shouting and broken glass, but it did give the place an edge that I wouldn't expect of a small town in Germany.
It may be dangerous to allow certain travelling companions to walk on Simeonstrasse unattended.This may be true in most large cities but I find that wider level pedestrain sreets amplify shopping urges. Everything can be seen without the need to pursue narrow forbidding alleys and lanes. There is plenty of room to look in display window without being jostled, and in Trier there are no tiring hills.
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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 my female co-driver turns the map all around when I'm 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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Don't assume things will be open.....
...even if the opening times say they will be.
Trier's vast Roman amphitheatre is open pretty much every day of the year. It was certainly supposed to be open on the day I visited, but when I finally arrived there (it's a pleasant walk from the Kaiserthermen) I found it was closed. A notice suggested this was due to 'snow and ice' but...to be perfectly honest...there wasn't much of either around.
But there was work going on inside the amphitheatre, so I wondered if that was really why it was closed...perhaps a combination of work on site and snow/ice?
Whatever, it's probably worth checking out the tourist information site below before you make the a visit. It carries day-by-day information about whether sites are open.
I should have taken my own advice!
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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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