After spending a day in Miniatur Wunderland and another one mainly focusing on the harbour area surrounded by big ships and submarines and cranes it was time on our last full day in Hamburg to switch our attention to living creatures!
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It was clear from the off, that if we were going to find Santa, we were going to need to find out how to get around in the Arctic. First up – Husky Sledding!
Ok – I’m going to be honest right from the start. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Lapland to see Santa in his homeland. Imagine my excitement when I managed to persuade Ashley to let me blow my first post-career break paycheque on a trip of a lifetime.
Inspired by a post from another Ambassador earlier in the year we had made it our business to acquire a Morphibian for the LTs to enjoy on our summer holiday. These amazingly robust remote control toys work on land and in water, and Joe couldn't contain his excitement when we produced it from the back of the car with a flourish one sunny day in Switzerland.
When we started to plan our Hamburg trip it was always clear that the Port of Hamburg would play a big role. We love ships, living in a (small) harbour town ourselves, and often watch big ships circumnavigating the coast on their way north or south (duly looking up more info on the web where there are some brilliant sites to track those vessels).
According to Gavin, our North Pole Guide, if you want to get anything done in Lapland, you need to make friends with Santa’s Elves. Luckily, he already knew a few, so first on our to-do list after crossing the Arctic Circle, was to find an Elf and ask them for some Magic Dust to put on our heads, otherwise, we wouldn't be able to see them. Apparently, the forests are full of them, if you know where to look.
There was a time known as the Pre-LT era in which Rob and I would regularly sling a tent on our backs and disappear into the mountains for days at a time.
We don’t usually go away on a ‘proper’ holiday over the summer - too crowded and too expensive - but this year we decided to try something different, and booked a week of ‘glamping’ in Italy.
I’m pleased to report than on the last day of our Arctic Adventure, we finally managed to track down the Big Man.
Mountains: we love them. Heights: suddenly not so keen…
Following a leaky-tent incident last summer we had purchased a new outdoor home. The weather then promptly turned pants, and we only got to use it once before it had to be packed away for winter. So we were all looking forward greatly to our summer camping trip this year when we would finally get the chance to test it out properly.