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... to finally meet my host family.
For now in this really short time, I have to do so many things like packing (again) my suitcase with a maximum weight of 23kg! (Don't know how I am going to do this, but I will make a plan for it) and again saying goodbye to all my love ones.
Thanks for reading and till soon!
... Ceaser of Christian Europe and from about the 12th century onwards he is revered as a Saint.. Ironically Aachen has been continuously inhabited sine the birth of Christ and Roman troops, around that time, used to recuperate here after battle and soak in the hot springs. Walking the city you get a whiff of sulphur every now and then.
The site of Aachen has been the site of human settlement as far back as Neolithic times (4500 BC) and you will see from the photos the ...
... One bookstore in particular gets my attention. It is set up in an old church. The walls are covered with book shelves and there is a restaurant at the back where I imagine people once took communion.
I cap off the evening with a flavourful Italian feast, saying "grazie" instead of "dank u del". Maastricht is located in the wine region in the Netherlands. I figure the trip isn't complete until ...
... that! Next morning we see the public moorings about 100 yards downstream and move there before anybody spots that we're trespassing. Lunch out in Maastricht today, sitting outside under heaters - great 3 course set lunch. Weather freezing and wet. We've decided to move on in the morning so that there's no chance of cruising in the dark ...
... our overnight accommodation.
The following morning we will have an 8-hour bus ride to Tamatave/Toamasina, where the Africa Mercy is docked.
I'm pretty nervous for the adventure that lies ahead; but I am confident it will be an unforgettable and life-altering experience. An experience that wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of my parents, my employer, Mercy Ships Belgium and the not-for-profit organisation Acrima. Thank you!