When You Get Off the Cruise Ship

The Cruise Terminal, Warnemünde – 8 July 2010
We went to Warnemünde on the S-Bahn from Rostock, and there we found a Cruise Terminal, built in 2005. There were no cruise ships in that day. Warnemünde’s cruise terminal and associated facilities, cafés, shops etc, mean that it can be a regular stopping point for the many cruise ships that make their way round the Baltic sea.
Alongside the cruise terminal are shops and cafés for the happy cruisers to spend some time in during the day while the ship is docked.
The visitors can buy themselves a plastic herring gull on a stick.
Or, if they don’t want a plastic herring gull, they can get a beer at a converted sea container.
It would be nice to think that this painted ex-container was the creative initiative of a redundant mariner, but sadly no, it is part of the same complex as the herring-gull shop. The hand-written sign in white on blue, that is behind the glass to the bottom right of the opening, says: Karl’s Apfelkuchen und Pflaumenkuchen, Karl’s apple cake and plum cake, which might make you think that perhaps that the bearded man behind the counter is said inventive mariner, whose name is Karl. His name might be Karl, but Karl’s is also the name of the shop that sells the plastic herring gulls.
Another item of note in the container is the sign above the ketchup bottles that says: Moin Moin. As it says in Wikipedia (when I wrote this): ‘Moin (pronounced [ˈmɔɪn]) is a Frisian and Low German greeting from East Frisia, Southern Schleswig (including North Frisia and Flensburg), Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the eastern Netherlands and Southern Jutland in Denmark, meaning "hello".’ Some people say that ‘moin’ is more often used by locals on its own rather than as a pair, and that is certainly the way I’ve heard it. It may be that the double form is dying out, other than for tourists.

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