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Travel Tuesday: German sushi


You know, sushi as a kind of Japanese food. It’s (usually raw) fish, rolled in rice and a leaf of alga or kelp.

Germans also have their kind of sushi: Fischbrötchen 🙂

It’s a roll with some kind of fish or with a fish rissole. You can have it with fried fish, smoked fish or raw fish. Different kinds of fish are used for the different dishes.

On the right you can see a Matjes in the roll. Matjes is a young, raw herring. You can also have sour pickled herring (Bismarck-Hering). For smoked fish you can usually have salmon, mackerel, trout or eel. When in the right season you can also have you roll with cooked crabs.

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Travel Tuesday: shop

The sign above the entrance of this shop in the oldtown of Greetsiel says “Bauernladen”. Literally translated, this would be something like framers shop and proposes fresh product from a farm.

The sign beside the door says “Fischbrötchen”. That’s fish in a roll. Either herring (Matjes or sour pickled), kipper (i.e. mackerel, eel, sprats or more seldom along the coast trout) or even crabs.

In the back you can see some products for tourists to buy as souvenirs.

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Travel Tuesday: Greetsiel harbour

Here we are! The harbour of Greetsiel. This is a very typical image for Greetsiel and for the Germany North Sea coast as well. Although only few of these shrimper fisher boats are left, they are still a symbol for the coast. Here in Greetsiel is the majority of the remaining boats at home. (I told you about it in a past post).

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Travel Tuesday: Neuharlingersiel harbour


Here we have a building made from bricks. That’s very typical for that region, because they have not much stone for building houses.

On the right side you can see the words “Oll School”. That’s “old school” in Low German. When aligning German – Low German – English you can see many words as tight relatives (In some cases, Dutch builds another bridge between Low German and English): i.e.
– Schule – School – school
– Tag – dag – day
– Alt – oll – old

and many more.

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Travel Tuesday: the rivers flow


In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of channels for draining the area behind the dikes for gaining farmland. The channels lead their water to bigger channels and where the water is led into the sea, they are called “Siel” (tidal outlet). Not only the outlet itself is called Siel, also the last and so biggest part of the channel system. You can often find towns at these outlets and big gates to prevent the water flooding the land during flood time. do you remember my post about the tidelands? These gates are constructed to close automatically when the flood comes. The rising water does it. And when the water level falls again, the gate is open from the inside by the pressure of the inside water.

Often you can find town where the Siels are. Sometimes the outer part of the Siel is used for a harbour like in Neuharlingersiel, where I took the image above. In the back you can see the harbour. Below the ground the water passes the tidal gate. The main part in this image is one of the upper flood-gates. This is only closed, when a serious storm flood is around the corner and the water level would rise higher than the harbour walls are. The gate is approximately 3m high.

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