A number of years ago, no need to dwell on exactly how many, M. spent two summers during college working as a student intern at the Maritim hotel in Timmendorfer strand. A great opportunity for a young woman to gain not only work experience but to see a bit of Europe also.
I have heard, from time to time, stories about M.’s experiences in Timmendorf so I was very happy when we had a chance to visit while we were spending some time in Hamburg. With a chance to relive old experiences for her and a chance to see the place first hand, how could we not? It was, for me, one of the high points of our time in Germany.
Our car ride to Timmendorf gave us a chance to see some of the beautiful homes in Hamburg as well as a little of the German countryside. We arrived just before noon and decided to have lunch before wandering through the town. Our lunch was in the Maritim hotel, the same place M. had worked as a student intern.
We started off on the restaurant balcony overlooking the North Sea but, being September, it was a little cold and breezy so we moved back indoors. Lunch started off with tomato soup, which had an intense tomato flavor, and moved on to a juicy, tender steak for two with potatoes and vegetables. Two glasses of a good Spätburgunder rounded out the meal.
M. mentioned her previous employment to a couple of the wait staff, but none of the people she had known were still working there.
After lunch we spent a very pleasant time walking through Timmendorf. What had once been a road past a few cottages has now become a pedestrian walkway with numerous shops and stores. The town apparently has grown and is clearly prosperous. M. pointed out various landmarks that were new and how she remembered it having been when she worked there.
The afternoon was a delight and I was very happy we had a chance to enjoy it. For my part, it was an opportunity to see Timmendorf and, for M., a chance to relive old memories.