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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 ...
... 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 ...
... I’m calling from Gelsenkirchen.”
German friend: “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.”
Still, at least the temperatures weren’t too cold (18°C in match day). The locals were lovely, gruff, no nonsense, down-to-earth types. And Veltins, the local beer, was a fine brew. As evidenced by its (over) consumption by Ireland supporters who were here. I spent much of Monday evening shepherding one of them – in ...