Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany lies only 7 km from the Danish border with a population of ~86,000. The nearest larger towns are Kiel (86 km south) and Odense/Denmark (92 km northeast). In Germany, Flensburg is known for
- the nationwide database of traffic violators (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), aka Verkehrssünderkartei (“traffic sinner card file”)
- its tasty beer Flensburger Pilsener, also called “Flens”
- the center of the Danish national minority in Germany
- the greeting Moin Moin
- the large erotic mail-order companies Beate Uhse and Orion
- its handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt
- the Naval Academy Mürwik with its famous sail training ship Gorch Fock
After Westerland on the island of Sylt, it’s Germany’s northernmost town. It lies at the tip of the Flensburg Fjord, an inlet of the Ostsee (Baltic Sea). Its eastern shore is part of the Angeln peninsula. It’s also just a pretty town, you should visit. :)
What I really love about Berena as a ship is the dynamic. They’re so alike in so many ways: both strong-willed women, experts in their fields, messy divorces behind them, not terribly close with their children, unafraid to speak their mind etc.
And yet instead of using these similarities for a cat-fight trope, the writers have moulded a delicate relationship out of their differences. From the trivial things such as Bernie’s mess and Serena’s order, very early on it was highlighted that their differences were the main focus of this relationship.
Bernie is chaos in Serena’s ordered life.
Serena is steadiness in Bernie’s changing world.
Bernie is practicality when Serena gets emotional.
Serena is kindness when Bernie feels alone.
These two should, by all accounts, argue constantly. But they don’t. They bicker, yes, but they also love one another fiercely. And it isn’t because they’re so similar, and they appreciate finding a ‘professional equal’ at this stage of the game. No, the qualities they truly appreciate in one another are the little opposites. It is their differences which bring them together.
The Oliver Hazard Perry, to be home ported in Newport, RI, is the first sail training ship being built in the United States since the late 1800’s! Here are a few pics I took this week. Go to her website and donate some money to help out the construction!
This beautiful ship Concordia was built in Poland in 1992 for the West Island College in Montreal, Canada. She served as a sail training ship: her hull was made of steel and she was rigged as a schooner barque.
Too bad it sank due to freak-weather on 17 February 2010 somewhere southeast of Brazil.