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For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
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Creative Travelling. I love it! The magic of creating something personal and unique, the proud flashes in the eyes of all creative travellers, the feeling of really connecting with a place. Taking the time and peace to feel the vibe of the local people and their use of creative material such as wood, ceramics or Spätzle (during our cooking class!). I’m loving it !!! Such was the magic we found as part of our #balticdiscovery team surrounded by the atmosphere of the mighty Herrenhaus Estate Büttelkow, whose owners Andreas & Antje share an eventful and inspiring history with us. From when they first arrived from distant Hannover searching for a peaceful, inspiring and creative spot: Exactly what the Herrenhaus Estate Büttelkow represents today for all its international creative visitors and business (seminar) travellers. Hailing from different countries such as Denmark, Spain, Italy or Austria ourselves, we immediately feel welcome here. Thanks to the modern E-Bikes offered by the wonderful hotel & spa residence Upstalsboom in the nearby coastal city Kühlungsborn, we manage to despise wind and “altitude” cycling the 20 kilometres to Büttelkow in “perfect style”! Nice.
Teresa Trabert, our young guide & organising team member putting together #Balticdiscovery, has only been living in Rostock since the beginning of the year herself and continues to be (very) excited about what this port city in the north of Germany has to offer. Here, she invites us to meet the young designers, silver artists or “Artquarium” art space in Rostock, as well as cute textile artist “Nähmarie“: This city clearly offers many opportunities to engage with the local Baltic art scene. If such a scene does indeed exist. Because what me find here, above all, is a spirit of openness to the world that connects all the young people and artists we meet here. A fabric of everyday culture, being both regional as well as mundane and international. I have really enjoyed this part of Rostock during my visit!
After our creative stroll around the artists’ district of Rostock, where we are also invited to couch surf at the artists’ places (so cool!), we take to streets with our “greeter” and local city expert Robert. He shows us “his Rostock” perfectly mastering the art of compelling and visual storytelling. His hospitality is incredible, even inviting us to his parents’ place for a coffee break during the walk! Again, we feel just like home and ever so welcome here. Later at the harbour, we even engage with the local fishermen catching fresh fish (like tourists would: all excited, filming and squealing 😉 ) while ending the day at a local chill-out session at the Rostock circus. It is truly overwhelming how much we enjoy Rostock in this one day. Make sure you do not miss it on your next trip to the Baltic Sea!
Check out even more discoveries at the Baltic Sea and our experience of the Kreativsaison Mecklenburg: If you like my “cineastic” moments, please share them! I am happy about your feedback. 😀
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Kreativsaison Mecklenburg to experience #Balticdiscovery at the German Baltic Sea Coast. All opinions are my own.