Templin. When Sven Heussen talks about the unspoiled nature of the Uckermark, the 42-year-old called to jokingly "Bush". Because Handley and his wife Steffi are bornand brought up in Namibia. Six years ago left it with her three children in Africa andher virtue hotel.
Now they lead a pension in the "German wild". Sven Heussen tells 'Always uncertainas political conditions we felt not more comfortable than whites', with views on his time in Namibia. His family lived in Namibia for over six generations.
About Germany, you had overrun Heussens only great prejudices--too hectic and little scenic. Then they saw the Uckermark. Sven Heussens father had bought a bungalow in Templin. When the family visited him, it was love at first sight, says the 42-year old.
Father and son discovered the long vacant "Meadow farm" - a 1923-built villa of theformer Templin city Baumeister, used for decades as a pension. The tourism experienced Heussens saw potential in the 13 000 square meters large, overgrown plot on the Templin channel.
"We were thrilled - flair, forests in abundance, to a quiet life," Handley says. The immigrants fought the sprawl, tore down an old barn, built terraces and a party area, planted new and renovated the pension building.
There are five apartments in their converted Guest House. Employees do not deal with the Heussens. You do everything myself. "It was already a conversion. In Windhoek we had many staff and Manager were for twelve years more or less around the clock", Steffi Heussen says. But expand want them not, even if their pension is well attended and is booked by regulars from throughout Germany.
"The Wiesenhof is always in demand and often fully booked," Cornelia Blenn is confirmed by the
Templin Tourism Association. Family Heussen have set almost perfectly to nature tourists.
Namibia gave the family now far behind, says House mistress Steffi. They have soldall the Heussens in Africa had in possession. Since their emigration, they have not visited their former home. "We have no homesickness, because the family and our friends were all already once here," reported the 43-year-old.
Also, the ex-Africans in the neighborhood have found many friends. The Uckermärker are not at all closed and stubborn, said Sven Heussen. He tells of their "garage culture": the cars parked on the street, in the garages is screwed, tinkered and especially celebrated.
Sven Heussen has explored the region around Templin now extensively by canoe and bicycle. Guests who want to explore nature off the beaten track, he can give goodtips. "A week with us decelerated total", he says. "But you have to be adventurous. Astand don't stand on every corner."
Who come in the Uckermark, knows that expected him above all peace, space and nature, says the Managing Director of the Tourist Board of Uckermark, ANET Hoppe."Our guests appreciate that. "And that has recognized family Heussen."
The strip of land almost as wild is the youngest son of Namibia. "I was never asked ifI want to live in the wild at all," the mentioning railed recently. The reason: The parents want to install in the 'Wiesenhof' no Wi-Fi.