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... call with Oma to see how life was back in NZ. After dinner a number of Elly's family turned up for drinks and we all had quite a few laughs talking about family happenings. A number of them mentioned when coming into the house "Och Elly you look so like Tante Miep" After drinks Riny offered me croquette & frekindel for late night snack. What could I say!! I do enjoy a late night snack after beers sometimes. What a host ha ...
... for them ever since.
Only a couple of weeks ago I got informed about a volunteer position onboard the Africa Mercy, i.e. as a Media Liaison Officer. After having discussed this situation with my current employer, I decided to go for it! After the selection procedure, I got the official letter of acceptance: I would serve on the Africa Mercy from Jan - June. A new year, a new adventure!
I only had one month to get everything sorted ...
Well, the time to say goodbye is certainly in full swing. Colleagues, friends, family... Sometimes combined with other activities (concert, dinner), sometimes a dedicated moment. It's really great to see everyone who means a lot to you in such a short period of time. And since most of these 'events' are in small groups, I really have the opportunity to talk to everyone instead of just shaking a hand and saying goodbye.
... might regret for the full length of my assignment.
Of course I had some sort of a whish list containing aspects that (ideally) would apply to my future apartment. Close to a train station, reasonable distance to work, shops in the neighborhood, not adjacent to a busy road... But to be honest I did not have much of an idea about what to expect, except that my apartment would be small.
On the first day with the real estate broker ...
Ignoring the typical grey sky of a North German autumn we headed out to the spectacular town of Monschau which was established about 1000 years ago. On the way we passed through Holland and Belgium to reach this small German town, an experience that is incomprehensible to an Australian mindset.
Small relics and reminders of World War ...