Hotel An Der Gruga
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... an excited welcome. Hugs, friendly exchanges of surprise as to how much younger we all are we sat down to “Spargel Suppe” the world renowned vegetable that Braunschweig exports to the rest of the world – white asparagus.
I was informed that my / our visit has been eagerly anticipated and an extensive agenda has been arranged which will involve a family reunion on Sunday lunchtime. Another room, another bed and another comfortable and restful night awaits ...
Early evening we visited Auntie Mia. She was thrilled to have me at her home to go through the clothing of my uncle who died 12 months earlier. Her claims that he had good taste for quality soon proved to be true and quite by chance he and I take the same size - much to the delight of my Auntie, who kept reassuring me ...
Norbert took me on a nostalgic tour of my early childhood to the age of 11, visiting the town centre, the primary schools that I had attended and 57 Duererstrasse - my former home!
Another highlight in the afternoon was visiting my Mother's youngest brother Arnold in Wuelfenrath which was about an hour and a half's drive away via the autoban. We picked up Auntie Mia on the way, the widow of my Mother's other brother - ...
After almost missing my train from Herzogenrath to Gladbeck, I was relieved to experience a Regional train which is generally far more crowded with local commuters. It was a joy to be reunited with my cousin Brunhild (from my Mother's side) in the nigh darkness.
Norbert and Brunhild welcomed me to their home and we made plans for the following ...
... and Cortney somehow ended up with a bunch of random things including a Kinder egg complete with a little toy inside. Very strange. We played eye spy all the way back to the hostel and then it was time for a nap. We were such tired crazy people after beeping up on the bus all night. Erika and I went out later to find dinner and ended up having to create a picnic from the grocery store (every single restaurant was closed by 8). We were sitting on a bench in ...