Ibis Dortmund West
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... an excited welcome. Hugs, friendly exchanges of surprise as to how much younger we all are we sat down to “Spargel Suppe” the world renowned vegetable that Braunschweig exports to the rest of the world – white asparagus.
I was informed that my / our visit has been eagerly anticipated and an extensive agenda has been arranged which will involve a family reunion on Sunday lunchtime. Another room, another bed and another comfortable and restful night awaits ...
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 ...
... offices, non-descript streets and deserted Turkish districts.
But two kilometres outside of town was ZOOM-Erlebniswelt, the local zoo. You can’t go wrong with a zoo, and it turns out Gelsenkirchen’s is one of the most modern in Europe. It is divided into Alaska, Asia and Africa sectors, each showcasing animals in recreations of their natural waterfall, grassland, mountain or river habitats rather than cages. It was ...