Liv Hambrett

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Life in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein

It’s Always Grey in Laboe

Well, that’s not true. Let me qualify; it’s mostly grey in Laboe when we’re there. The sun does shine over this village, we have seen it once. And I believe a few weekends ago, when our Münsteranian visitors went out for the day, the sun was blinding. But most of the time, when we head out to take someone to the U-Boot or Naval Memorial, to eat the beeriest of beer-battered fish with an ice cream chaser, it’s grey and nippy.

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On the weekend just passed, we headed for Laboe with my cousin and the weather did not let us down. Not a sliver of sun in sight. Lovely, thick cloud coverage. The water was green, the sand almost white.

But in a way this beach village suits a grey sky, even though the bright Strandkörbe look a little innocuous jostling merrily next to each other, and even though the ice cream shops can look a little uninviting (doesn’t stop the hardy Germs, or indeed, me).

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The big silver U-Boot sits against the green water and grey sky, like it’s supposed to be there, like it’s part of the scene.



And the view from the top of the Naval Memorial tower, which stands to commemorate and remember all of those who list their lives at sea in WW1 and WW2, is metallic. The fjord opens and the Baltic goes from green to the palest blue.



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And even though I’m an Aussie, and our fish and chips usually come with sunshine and sandy feet, chilly greyness can be a good backdrop against which to eat hot, fried Backfisch, with wedges and extra tartare.

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Although I am still of the belief that ice cream is a sun thing. Good thing the sun shone in Laboe that one time – it means it may just happen again.




  1. Lutz Mowinski

    14 May, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Well, the weather on the coast here does have a mind of its own. 😉

    1. Liv

      16 May, 2014 at 8:00 am

      It does whatever the hell it wants, doesn’t it.

  2. Anika

    14 May, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful pics of the sea !! sunshine is way overrated 😉

    1. Liv

      16 May, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Hahahaha, hmmmm – I don’t know about overrated … but a grey day has its charms!

  3. MegsFitness

    14 May, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Your entry has taken me away 🙂 Just beautiful, Liv!

    1. Liv

      16 May, 2014 at 7:58 am

      It can be beautiful in a rather atmospheric kind of way!

  4. marcus

    14 May, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit that memorial/museum for quite a while, it’s on my “if I ever tour Northern Germany” list (although that tour will certainly spill into Denmark and if I go to Roskilde I’m afraid the north will be a little overshadowed.)

    And I have to agree, the few trips I’ve made up to the Nordsee coast in Holland have left a distinctly grey image in my head…. funnily enough go a few miles inland and the sun always seems to shine… hmmm….

    1. Liv

      16 May, 2014 at 7:56 am

      A north German tour could so easily spill into Denmark, it would be lovely. And definitely have to occur in the middle of summer haha, to at least guarantee a few sunny days. I haven’t yet made it to the north sea coast – but I have heard plenty about it, I really need to get there.

      1. marcus

        16 May, 2014 at 10:28 am

        You should, well I should too… I haven’t been since 2005? At this rate I go to Australia more often than the Nordsee. 😛
        and well… it appears comparing myself to your blog that I’m very German in that regard, there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing as far as I’m concerned (expect 30+ and high humidity, because all clothing seems inappropriate for that). Both my sister and myself have found that when we’ve been living in very sunny countries we start to get antsy and miss grey overcast skies (At least in the winters we got a lot of snow and sub-zero temperatures to make up for it).

        1. Liv

          25 May, 2014 at 9:53 am

          I think when I reach the point of missing grey skies, I will have truly grown a German/North European skin hahahaha. I do find myself, SOMEtimes, if I am somewhere very hot for a long time, thinking ‘one day of rain would be nice’, but that is the extent of it!

  5. flythesevenseas

    20 May, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I could defnitely go for a tray of fish & chips wrapped in newspaper right about now…

    1. Liv

      25 May, 2014 at 9:52 am

      So much batter. I think my heart stopped.

  6. ebe

    23 May, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I am still dying to get to the coast and with a war-history-mad husband and beautiful beach this is another spot to put on my wishlist.

    1. Liv

      25 May, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Yes, yes, you must get up here, it is a whole different part of the country. (And bring the baby.)

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