That title’s for Dawn 😉
A short trudge up the road got me to Essen where I was to stay with JÃ¶rn and his girlfriend, Birte. They turned out to be great company and we spent far too many hours talking when I could have been touristing! Still, the weather wasn’t that great so no big deal.
I did take a trip out west to see the Gasometer, the largest in Europe which is now a tourist attraction. You can climb all over it, inside and out. At 117.5m at the peak, it’s a hell of a view and awful for anyone with vertigo. Inside is even worse! From the viewing platform on the 10th floor, it’s almost completely dark aside from a scattering of lights. As you come in from the outside stairwell, you can’t even see your feet so it’s like you’re floating in space. Very unnerving.
I failed to find the time to visit the nearby UNESCO protected abandoned mine, which is a shame. But it gives me something to do on my next visit. I spent three evenings and some of the afternoons talking to JÃ¶rn and Birte while being ridiculously well fed and watered, which was just as good a way to spend the time. I was also given free reign on one of the spare PCs to get this blog updated and to move the 1000 Miles one to a new home with a new design. The joys of being hosted by a true geek!