There are these things people do in my home town Hamburg, which I constantly put on my “Want-To-Do-List”. Paddling on the big river Alster is one of them. Very often, when I cycle through town, I see people enjoying themselves on the water. For two years, the summer just passed by and I did not go.
This year I tried to engage my friends – but somehow… it was not on their “Want-To-Do-List”. This weekend, when my parents came over visiting, I proposed going paddling together and I was almost sure, they’d not be interested at all. Too exhausting, too dangerous, too much of a hassle, too … But no. My parents simply said: “Sounds really great! Why not!”
So the next day, we cycled to the boat rental place, got a boat for the three of us and had an amazing afternoon paddling through town on the river. It has been an inspiring experience to all of us to do something together, we had never ever done before. Everyone played a different role in this boat. I had never expected my dad to be such a talented steerer and paddler in the back of the boat. My mum, who is usually very engaged in whatever goes on, refused to touch a paddle and simply relaxed on the boat – after she finally trusted my Dad’s and my paddling abilities. We had so much fin together and came back home rejuvenated and very hungry.
Note to self: Never forget to play – especially with your parents.
Exploring things and places with parents is an unforgettable and wonderful experience.
For anyone living or visiting Hamburg, don’t miss this experience on a sunny day!
Rent your boat at Bootsvermietung Dornheim
(You can only make a reservations if you are more than 2o people. So just go there and worst case enjoy an ice cream or coffee while waiting for a boat).
They will provide you with a map to find your way.
Make sure you plan a stop at the Cafe Canale in the Mühlenkampkanal and spoil yourself with a delicious home made Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and an Ice coffee delivered directly into your boat.