17-May-2001 -- Having read about the project in a major German magazine,
I talked my wife into a trip to a confluence near our home.
Since 52°N 10°E was already taken, we decided to go to 52°N 11°E,
which is located near a small village named Eilsdorf in a
rural area in the Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt. 12 years ago
this trip would have been nearly impossible for us because the road
had ended at the East/West German border. Nowadays it is
impossible to spot the borderline. Only a street sign naming
the Landkreis (county) and a slight increase in the use of
concrete at the roadside indicates the passage from one
Bundesland (federal state) to the other.
The confluence itself held no difficulty at all. As Mapquest
had shown us, the point is situated about 40 meters from a
local street. Picture #5 shows a view over the area, a wheat
field, with the street in the foreground where we parked our car.
Moving carefully along the tractor tracks, we could avoid
treading down the knee-high plants. With my old GPS held out
at arm's length, we found the place and took some more photos.
The view to the West shows some buildings of the nearby
village behind some apple trees. Note the yellow street sign
announcing the village.