One more ride in Hessen - The Bartletts Bike the Baltics - CycleBlaze

April 23, 2019

One more ride in Hessen

Tomorrow we will set out for the start of our journey and there is one important task left to do. We need to get SIM cards for a phone and ipad. This may sound like a simple job, but not in Germany, where regulations are tough due to security concerns and the process is quite complicated. Hence, we will go to a nearby Electronics shop in Elz called “Expert Schaefer” and we take along our resident experts, Georg and Cora for backup. 

We were in the shop for well over an hour and finally emerged with two SIM cards in our possession. A positive change in EU regulations concerning SIM cards is that you no longer need a new card for each country. It makes sense to us...no border crossings, no Visas and now no need for multiple cards.  As travellers we appreciate avoiding the red tape that used to be a headache for us if our trip included multiple countries

I really appreciated the calm and thoughtful manner of the young man who helped us navigate the challenges of getting the right SIM cards...and as a bonus, he spoke English very well.
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Sharon PledgerHave you ever tried purchasing a SIM card in the airports you have flown into? We have had luck in both Portugal and Switzerland.
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3 months ago
Barry BartlettNo we haven’t but that is an excellent idea. When we next need one, that is what we’ll try.
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Mary Ellen
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The route we ride from Elz back to the farm goes through the town of Hadamar and that means that we must stop at our favourite Italian Eis cafe, San Marco. This shop has been run by the same family for about 30 years.

Barry had the special Eis which features a coating of white chocolate shavings on the vanilla Eis with a shot of espresso added at the end. Mary Ellen had 3 kugels (scoops) of chocolate, hazelnut and Waldmeister (sweet woodruff) with chocolate sauce. Waldmeister is only made in early spring,
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Steve Miller/GrampiesWhat is the per kugel price at San Marco? 1 euro is the lowest we have ever seen, but in France 4 euros or more is possible.
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Barry BartlettTo Steve Miller/GrampiesI think it was 1.20 € per. Barry and I recall a place that offered it for .70€ and can’t remember where! We are looking forward to getting back to Poland where the ice cream is also incredible.
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Today's ride: 31 km (19 miles)
Total: 123 km (76 miles)

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