Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Life in Kiel

Do Pigs Sweat?

My goodness, this glorious, glorious weather. And my glorious, glorious lack of motivation to do anything except will this baby to arrive soon, and revel in having my parents in town. Combined, these factors have led to a dearth of writing, a distinct lack of pen to paper. I drink, I sweat, I roll around like a big Kugel and I field the same question repeatedly; ‘are you retaining water? Why aren’t your feet swelling?’ I can only assume my super-Australian heat-coping genes account for the lack of water retention. That or I am sweating it all out. Like a pig. Although, as my Mum asked the other day, are pigs even known for their sweating? Are we being unfair to pigs?

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I’ve got Mum for almost a month, and in between events such as the baby arriving, there are a few things on our North Germany list to tick off – things like strawberry picking, the Arche Warder (speaking of pigs), and the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Things that will distract us from waiting and wondering when a certain someone shall decide to make her debut. Along with Dad, we have already lunched, enjoyed the sea air, narrowly avoided being struck by numerous bicycles (Mum takes the classic Sydney view that the cyclists are far too entitled and act like they own the streets. I have had to remind her that, here, they sort of do…) strolled, and had what I believe to be Kiel’s Best Coffee. And, to beat the heat, turned to the childhood classic of an icy pole/ice block/Eis am Stiel.

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Nothing says summer like frozen cordial on a stick.

It’s a hot summer in the city and Kiel is shining. So is my forehead, permanently.


  1. MegsFitness

    22 July, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Awe, Liv 🙂 I’m sure you’re enjoying the time with your mum while waiting for your little one. You’re almost there! You can do it. <3 What are your favorite childeren's books auf Deutsch?

    1. sabina

      23 July, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Hi Liv, Have you been to ‘Erholungsort’ Bordesholm yet? You could take your mum for a walk around the lake with a swimming area (Badeanstalt) – once you’re up to walking again. There is an impressive abbey from the 13th century and a lime tree that’s over 700 years old, the ‘Heimatstube’ and various historical buildings and sites. Nearby you find the ‘renaturiert’ Eidertal with wild Polish horses and back-bred Auerochs. Towards Einfeld and their larger lake with a larger public swimming area there is the Dosenmoor which has also been ‘renaturiert’ (you find a discussion of this term on
      I grew up in Bordesholm and my father wrote a book and published some more on the area.
      Greetings from Brisbane – I feel a little homesick when I read your blog from Kiel, especially now in winter.

      1. Liv

        23 July, 2014 at 3:07 pm

        I haven’t been to this place, yet – thank you so much for this tip. We have nothing planned for next week, this sounds like a beautiful little day trip. My Mum would LOVE the wild horses part. If we get the chance to go, I might shoot you an email and ask some questions.

        1. sabina

          24 July, 2014 at 12:11 am

          Yes, no worries, I can send you some links. I checked yesterday for some info on those sites and thought they were hard to find but I saved them, just in case I am giving more advice on my home town.

    2. Liv

      23 July, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Ooooh good question! To be honest, I really love the old classics, the scary ones, but they have fallen a little out of favour. When die Lüdde is here, I will see more of what’s out there in terms of the ‘modern’ children’s books, and let you know!

  2. Frau Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden)

    23 July, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    You have a grill place next to a body of bright blue water? No wonder you’re enjoying the weather 😀 We’ve got a forest, but it still manages to be horribly humid in there. It’s truly hideous here. Roll on winter, I say – I can’t wait to complain about the cold.

    p.s be thankful for the lack of swollen feet. Mine were enormous, plus I went up a shoe size and never shrank back again – and they were hardly dainty to begin with. My husband used to call me a Hobbit even before I got pregnant.

  3. Sam

    4 August, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Kiels best coffee? This title probably should belong to the 🙂

    1. Liv

      4 August, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Definitely trying that out! My Mum and I are always on the hunt for great coffee.

      1. Sam

        4 August, 2014 at 11:50 pm

        Enjoy! I hope you’ll write a report about it 🙂

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