Springtime For Germany: Or How I Learned to Love Lederhosen

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Travel journalist Ben Donald is invited to travel to Germany to rediscover his missing wanderlust.
Suffering from weltschmerz - world-weariness - travel journalist Ben Donald is invited to travel to Germany to rediscover his missing wanderlust. He had grown sick of the global kitsch represented by Peruvian bands playing Hey Jude on pan-pipes below Machu Pichu, or international banking giants claiming intimate knowledge of local customs on a global scale. But most importantly, he had to get away from the incessant backpack-laden crowds spoiling the serenity of the world’s beauty spots, a crowd he called ‘chavellers’.

Far from being a country of humourless sunlounger-securers, Germany appears to Donald as a lost frontier, undiscovered beneath a cloak of poisonous myth, and left unvisited for over 60 years. Yet it is also a romantic country of rivers, vineyards, forests, castles, poetry and music.

So Donald ventures out to the land that only 1.6 million Britons visit each year - tiny in comparison to the 25 million that visit France or Spain - desperate to keep images of Basil Fawlty and ‘Allo ‘Allo far from his mind. He visits the freiköerperkultur (nudist) beaches; spas where ‘they haf vays’ of making you well; and September’s Oktoberfest, for the chance to gallivant in lederhosen.

He returns with a consistently humorous account. By relinquishing his dignity he rediscovers his love for travel and has his world-weariness blown away.
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Weight 0.422000
Author Ben Donald
Availability IP
Department Travel Writing
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780316732475
Pages 320
Published 14/06/2007
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Section Travel Writing: General
Size Unfolded 15x24cm
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