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... but I was already in tears with laughter and that just increased when he went to the bottom and still couldn't find the way out. I just imagined my whole week stuck in a carpark. Eventually we got out and went to Köln for the day. By this point in the car trip, I had remembered left and right in German and Kai had taught me to count to ten. We hopped out of the car and he asked me which way to go, to which I said left. Every time. I couldn't say right. ...
Busy morning to accommodate all the unpacked items so carefully arranged on the journey from Aachen. But alas I have an Uncle who passed away exactly a year ago to the day! His wife, Aunty Mia could hardly wait to welcome me so that I could go through the volumes of clothing – of outstanding quality and condition; too good for just anybody to wear – for me to try on and take to Australia. At 87 Mia is very active but showing signs of a shrinking world.
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 ...