Last days of Summer

Yesterday I went sailing in Germany for the first time. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, pretty much as soon as I found out that I would be living in Flensburg.

A week ago I moved to my third host family, and I now have two younger host brothers who both sail multiple times a week and the family even has their own boat.

Yesterday we had some perfect Summertime weather, a contrast to all the rain we’ve been having lately. My new host parents and I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and sail out onto the Baltic Sea in the family boat. We brought along another exchange student with us, Elliese from the United States.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the triad winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

There was little wind out on the water, only just enough to steer us forward. It was quite a still and relaxing atmosphere as we drifted between the German and Danish coastline. My host Mom was super prepared and provided the sandwiches, while Elliese and I took turns steering the boat with my host Dad showing us how it was done.

“A ship in a harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

From Solitüde through to Glücksburg lies stretch of German coastline extending from the Flensburg Fjord; sandy beaches line the shore and I’ve often enjoyed coming here throughout my exchange. When the weather is fine, the views are just stunning. Many families own sailing boats which are anchored here, and some also belong to the sailing school and club.

To top off our perfect evening we watched the beautiful sunset from Glücksburg beach. A bittersweet moment, as Summer is slowly drawing to a close and it’s time to savour the last of it. All the recent rain is a tell-tale sign that Autumn is quickly approaching. I’ll miss the long evenings and spending so much time lazing by the water.

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5 thoughts on “Last days of Summer

  1. Your sailing sounds like a wonderful opportunity. The photos are stunning Madeleine. Enjoy!
    Warmest wishes, Christine and Tuggeranong Rotary Club (with just swans on the lake!).


  2. Well, it sounds like you are enjoying yourself and your host families. And you sure are doing a good job with your blog. Your photographs are stunning. Keep up the good work and the sharing of your experience.


  3. Hi Madeleine,
    I’m going on rotary exchange next year from Australia to either Germany or Austria. I was hoping we could get in touch over email. I have a few questions for you. From what I can see you’re having a fabulous time!


    1. Hi Julia,
      I’m so excited for you! Germany and Austria are both beautiful countries, where you will surely have a fantastic exchange year. I’d love to answer any of your questions. You can reach my email address via the Contact form on this blog. Looking forward to hearing from you!


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