Hiking from Hösel to Mülheim and Christmas market!
December 9, 2018
The great (?) weather of November left a negative legacy in December, or at least it looks so on weekends. Even though there were people who wanted me to organize a hike to Mülheim (exactly two: Stefan and Christina), it appeared to me like a bad idea in the end, though when the weather is bad everything seems like a bad idea…
I still don’t know what really makes people still join, especially a day after Nikola and Mahsa’s birthday party yesterday, where there were maybe more people than at my birthday party. After that craze, people obviously still wanted to go hiking in the rain. Really hard to believe, really.
So today’s starting point, Hösel, is a really weird place between Ratingen and Kettwig. It looks like this station exists only because there was a line connecting Ratingen and Kettwig. No idea why there should be a train station otherwise. We started from the middle of nowhere, in the rain.
But the thing is Hösel itself is not such a bad place. Again, just like last week, it would have been amazing if only the weather had been better. A pretty similar situation to last week. Well, it’s winter. We should probably be happy to be able to go outside in the first place.
This one horse was like the only one entertainment of the first half of the hike today. It looked so bored while looking at us. Thanks.
Right before we had a break, we could see a slight slit in the sky. This enlarged little by little and by the time more or less the break was over we already had a fairly good weather. We were having a break in a nice Greek restaurant, with a group of old German locals right next to us, obviously very much interested in this group of incoherent people. I really like it when the locals are brave enough to express themselves. At least most of us can speak German. There we can easily create a bridge between young expats and old locals.
This area is fairly flat. But we were not particularly bothered, probably because we were walking along a hill side all the time. The landscape changed also a few times, from forest to field, and back and forth. A quite nice area.
When we were about to arrive at Mülheim, it started to rain a few moments again, although it never really restarted significantly. But it felt like it was part of what made up th atmosphere when we arrived at the Christmas market in Mülheim. This one was quite large and the Glühwein was fairly cheap. It’s really a pity that this nice event is not all over the year.