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... platform 10. Jacket on, Docs bag over the shoulder, the Carry-on case down from the shelf above and finally the rather large suitcase – thankfully on wheels – are on the ready for a quick exit to find platform 10. Stepping past the impatient travellers wanting to get on the train (which have an average turnaround time of 1-2 minutes) I search for the platform number of my train that just arrived as a reference point to than look across the appr. Seven ...
With Norbert and Brunhild returning to their normal routine as teachers at nearby schools, I am left to explore downtown Gladbeck by bicycle! What fun! It was de ja vu riding around the town like a young boy again.
Exhausted, I sat down at the nearest Eis Cafe and ordered a large Eis-Becher (Ice cream sundae) and watched the ...
... course Arnold's wife Irene had prepared the obligatory coffee and kuchen which was delicious :) Arnold, who is now 78 years of age, had always been like an older brother to me.
Many stories relating to our survival of the second world war and my early childhood were retold and enjoyed by all!
A particularly impacting moment came as Arnold and I said goodbye to one another, fully knowing that we may never see each other again ...
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 ...
... so this is where we want to be.
Tuesday morning, I go out and I spot the McDonalds is open. Not the done thing for me when abroad, but I thought I’d have a McMuffin for breakfast. So I go in, only to find they just had the regular menu. The McDonalds in Gelsenkirchen was opened in the morning but did not sell McDonalds breakfast. Almost a summation of the small town mentality here.
I settle for a tea and a pastry at ...