Friday, May 15, 2015
Achievement Unlocked: My First German Cache
Interestingly enough, it wasn't the first cache I logged today, despite spending the entire time either in an airplane, or on the ground in Germany itself. You see, I had found 3 Lab Caches before making this find. However Lab Caches are not geolocated based on region in the geocaching.com database, so while one had to be in Germany to log a lab cache, the cache itself is not listed as being in Germany, and therefore doesn't qualify as a German cache. See what I mean?
(If this confuses you, don't be alarmed. You are not the only one. It also sums up most of my annoyances with Groundspeak over the silly half-assed ways they implement new things like lab caches... but I digress).
The cache is in the old city of Mainz (pronounced more like Minez). Mainz was devastated during WWII (don't mention the war!) and 80% of the city was flattened. Luckily some parts were preserved as it is quite a beautiful area, as you can see.