The White Mountains of Germany

One of my expat friends passed by one these white mountains in Germany. With her mobile phone, she took a photo to inquire about this phenomenal sight of a mountain.

At first, I had no idea either, as I had never seen this before. But I learned, in Germany, there are a few of these.

This is Kaliberg, also referred to as Monte Kali or Kalimanscharo in other locations. It is an artificial mountain, created by dumping its innards of potassium salt.


This form of mining poses environmental hazards as nearby rivers are getting too salty. Additionally, each rainfall delivers more salt into the soil. Some worry about the quality of the drinking water as this is slowly getting contaminated as well.

The mining of this Kaliberg in the photo has been going on for 30 years and another 35 years of mining are expected.

Locations of these white mountains are:

* Kaliberg near Vacha (Widdershausen) – click here for a better image: Anywhere you want to go
* Bokeloh and Sehnde (both in the Hannover region),
* Kaliberg mine Neuhof-Ellers near the ICE- tracks in Neuhof (near Fulda, Hesse),
* near Zielitz in Saxony-Anhalt
* closed mine Kalimandscharo in Sollstedt.

Education in Travel

There are quite a few things I have learned from my most recent trip to Japan.

One, just because a soft ice cream is green does not mean it is the regular green tea flavored one. I was too eager to get one and so I skipped reading the ad. The salesman was kind enough to point out its flavor: wasabi. It was so good.

Wasabi ice cream in Japan

Trains can have nice looking flooring such as this Sonic.

Sonic train in Japan

There was once gold mining in Japan. We visited the Taio Gold Mine near Hita in Northern Kyushu.

Taio Gold Mine in Japan

I know now the taste of Vegemite. I had to come all the way to Japan as a tourist to taste this at breakfast time at a Japanese friend’s home.

Another new taste was yokan (not to be confused with the Japanese sweet bean jelly). Yokan, the Japanese term for this vegetable, seems like a cross between potato and radish. I was told this is a fairly new vegetable from South America.

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