Ibis Duisburg Hauptbahnhof
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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 ...
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 ...
Moms birthday was yesterday! It was also Halloween, but I'm not sure the people of Düsseldorf were aware. Yesterday we arrived early in the morning after an overnight bus ride on a two deck bus. We searched for breakfast without any luck but we passed a small park and found our hostel easily. The guy at reception was super nice and let us store our bags and told us he could let us check in about an hour early, which meant we only had about 4.5 hours to ...