Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
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On Sunday we had a wonderful brunch with all the family in Duisburg at Willi and Marita's house. There were around 20 people invited and we ate everything from green pesto cheese to bread rolls and enough sliced meat and salads to sink a ship! Unfortunately it was raining so we had to eat inside the garage, but we had enough tables and chairs for everybody. The kids enjoyed running around in the backyard and kicking the football around.
It was a really nice way to end my stay in Duisburg and I even got to see a bit of the DTM race on the TV with Hans-Peter and Willi. I am really happy that my stay here in Duisburg went so well and everybody really made me feel welcome!
I had to catch a train at 4:30pm and Hans-Peter and Heideröslein were nice enough to drive me to the Hauptbahnhof. I waved goodbye and promised to come back to visit next time with Steffie. The train went all the way to Cologne, but it was 13 minutes late so I only had enough time to jump out and grab a quick photo of the Dom before continuing my journey. My connecting train took me through Frankfurt Airport to Hanau where Silvana was waiting ready to pick me up. Silvana is an old friend of mine that I first met in New Zealand on my Contiki tour. After I came to Germany she came to Heidelberg to visit us and said that I should come visit her someday near Frankfurt. So that is exactly what I did!
Silvana suggested that we check out an Australian bar in the middle of Hanau so we parked the car and walked in. I didn't realise that Hanau is the birthplace of the Brothers' Grimm and there was a big statue in the Marktplatz of the two. The pub wasn't that great because they didn't even have any Australian beer or food on the menu! The only things that were Australian were the decorations with a few number plates plus a cricket bat and boomerang. Not really an Australian pub if you ask me! At least they didn't serve Fosters!
We walked past a cool looking church ruin on the way back and Silvana suggested that we check out the local Schloss in Hanau as well. It was nicely lit up at night and it looked quite cool. It was getting late so we drove back to her place and she set me up on her futon. Silvana was also in Australia so she has quite a few Australian things, although I don't think that she had to smuggle her budgies out of the country!