Endlich Sind wir Hier angekommen! We have spent the last week moseying around belle Paris – even up to the very last minute where we discovered saint-Michel for a cheap bite to eat after an expensive week…. When suddenly we found ourselves rushing to get back to the apartment to grab our 4 HUGE bags and 4 backpacks and grab a taxi to Gare de l’Est to catch the train to Hamburg at 8pm. Thanks to a lack of “bouchon” for once we managed to get there for 7.30pm, where we tried in vein to locaad a trolley or a lift for all of our luggage. All hands on deck ( even Abbie) managed to get us to the required waiting spot for our train, with instructions to wait until the called the platform number – of course when they did, it was another hike towards the train, and theN of course ourcouchettSeS was right down the OTHER end of the train! Once on the train, we took a deep breath and promptly all fell asleep in the comfort of our bunk beds, only to be woken some hours later by a police woman with a very strong torch light requesting our ID cards. Dave in his sleepy state fumbled around for long enough until she gave up waiting and then moved on . We then some at 8.18am to the realisation that we had to now get off the train in precisely 12 minutes where our baggagehorror would rcommence, firstly tryitrope find a trolley and then finding myself following people around in wheel chairs in the hope thatthey could lead me to a lift! Finly we managed to get upstairs, where we discovered that the person assigned to meet us was around the OTHER sidE of the station! Finally in Mannfrieds car, we breathed a sigh of relief at the prospect of a one and a half hour trip to the campervan place, although we were of course thrown in to the challenge of speaking German…..where I surprised myself at how quickly it all seemed to come flooding back, even to the point where we were discussing how environmentally friendly Germany was, until we were firmly in amongst a 2 hour spiel on the workings of the campervan where I think Dave and I between usunderstood 1 in every 5wordS! And now we are on our way with 1/5th instruction, 4/5ths no idea! No showers in 36 hours but we are parked in our first Stellplatz by the river. It is freezing anyone belief and hard to imagine that this time last week it was 38 degrees in Sydney and I couldn’t wait to feel cold, yet – 6 degrees durin the day is a little too cold! Am planning my first morning run in the morning, despite the snow as really need to deal with all of those baguettes and cheese, not to mention pork schnitzel for dinner tonight! So the adventure has begun… I wonder tomorrow will bring- and I promise to run!! Xxc Ps. And yes, we have brought too much stuff! Pps from my phone so please excuse punctuation!