Waking up at 0645 in the morning by a big German shouting "Matahari Harbourmaster!, Matahari Harbourmaster!".
We were so pleased last night when sailing into Kiel as we found out that they finally installed ticket machines by the canal entry that actually accepted cards. The harbourmaster wanted payment for the dock, and of course, no card only cash. 10 Euro is a lot when you have no Euro in your pocket. I actually considered trying to buy him of with half a bottle of Rum :-)
He sent me of to find a bank and I must say, Germany, it is 2019, it is time to wake up!
First I walked for 20 min uphill and a bakery was my first stop. They could not help me because they had no card machine.... The lady in the bakery was very helpful and directed me to a bank near by. The bank did of course not accept Visa or Mastercard, only SB-Card.????
So I walked back to the bakery. Next they told me to go to the supermarket further up the road because they accepted cards. The supermarket could not help me and I was now running out of options.
I don't know if it is karma or just pure luck, but into the supermarket the Harbourmaster came strolling along looking for his breakfast. When he saw my frustration he said that we could just forget about the fee, and if I waited outside he could drive me back to the boat. He was really a nice guy when he left his uniform in the office :-)
Entering the channel was quite scary because we did not know what to do. Dipping in the water in front of the entry it started filling up with other boats, we got conflicting messages, the Germans next to us said we had to wait for a continuous white light, while the Internett told us to wait for a blinking white light. The Internett is of course right and when the white light started blinking we followed the other boats in and did as they did, preparing ourselves for 20 -30 mins being tied, but we had just tied onto the boat when we were told to untie and go through!!! So off we went, us infront and then the big boats after us.
The most interesting bit of the whole Kiel Kanal was a boat the Rix Ruby got stuck or had engine problems so nearly blocked the whole canal, one more tanker and we got passed, so we had no idea what happened there, except for this exciting start to the canal nothing more happened and we cruised by motor for 10 hours. It feels like a German motorway, high banks on both sides and not a lot to see, but calm waters and amazing weather. Heidi slept for a lot of the canal, trying to catch up on lost sleep, she does not do well on little sleep, but at least she sleeps when she can and does not complain.
Getting out of the Kiel Kanal was easier as we now knew what to do, though information on the Internett and the vhf is mostly in German, so we understood very little. hoping that the lights would guide us again