Helping a friend on his apartment hunt brought me to a part of Germany I didn’t really know before. Around the towns of Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Wolfenbuettel in Lower Saxony in the center of Germany, there is a lot of open country side with rolling fields, the Harz mountains are close by, but there is also a lot of heavy (mainly steel) industry.
And there is this charming little town that I completey fell in love with. It actually dates all the way back to the 10th century. The old town, that is many of the old buildings there, are from about the 16th century.
What we didn’t really think about is that this is exactly the area that is currently threatened to be flooded. There has been a lot (!) of rain lately in Germany and many towns have had problems with flooding, trees being uprooted etc.
The first time we drove through town you could already tell that the waters of the river Oker were high and almost up to bridge level. There was one street that had just been blocked off and the police were going around asking people to remove their cars.
The next day we were back and the bridge was closed and the blocked off street completely under water. There were pumps working all around the old town and a lot of people around too looking, watching…
Who would,have thought that hunting for apartments (successfully I might add) could turn into such an adventure – and the best part: I will be back – hopefully in bright sunshine!