Straight Up

| June 17, 2013

Germans have no concept of a gradual ascent. There appears to be no such thing as a switchback trail in the hills. They see a hill, plow a path straight up, slap a number on a tree, and call it hike. I would find this situation much more pleasant if, upon arriving at the top, I rounded a bend to find that the Germans had dug a ditch parallel to the ascent and installed a water slide. I would gladly head to the nearest krankenhaus and accept an anal probe to find my shorts for the cooling thrill of shooting 364′ straight down a hill I’d just schlepped straight up.


Category: In Germany A Broad blog, Shits & Giggles, Travel

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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