Our German Family

Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 26, 2006

We had a nice flight to Hamburg, and making our way to the arrivals hall we were really happy to see Inge and Erich eagerly awaiting us. It was great to see them again - relatives of Christie's family, whom we shared our most memorable white Christmas with during our previous journey to Germany in 2001. We were so happy to be back (although a little sad that we didn't have time to visit our friends in France also).

After filling the car with all of our luggage, we drove through downtown Hamburg - quite a different sight to what we had seen before in winter. We made our way to Winsen, Inge and Erich's home, and the memories came flooding back. We had a great time catching up that evening. The following day, after a magnificent German breakfast - we think the best breakfasts in the world, Peter (Inge & Erich's son) brought his girls (Sarah & Sophie) around for lunch, and of course they had grown so much - Sarah was 8 last time we saw her and Sophie was only 1. We had fun getting to know them again and playing some board games after lunch.

The next day we went for a walk with Inge and Erich (and Timmy, their new dog) around Winsen. It is a small quiet town, but quite lovely. Its really good to be able to see these sort of places that as a tourist you wouldn't normally visit. After this, we went to Luneburg for lunch - Luneburg is one of our favourite places we have seen so far in Germany - so beautiful. We met up with Steffi (Peters wife) at the church to surprise little Sophie who was in choir practice. Then back to Peter and Steffi's to have dinner with them and the girls. That evening, Australia was playing Croatia in the World Cup, and it was a critical game for Australia to win... so with Sarah babysitting, Peter and Steffi took us into Luneburg to watch the game in a pub. However, we struggled to find a pub showing the Aussie match (as Brasil was also playing that night, against Japan) but we finally found a pub showing the game thanks to Peter and Steffi's help and we got to see the Aussies win while sinking a German beer - a great night.

The following day, we were back at Peter and Steffi's for a wonderful afternoon tea and dinner (we were definitely getting spoilt) and that evening Angela (Inge & Erich's daughter) arrived - this would be the first time we had met her in person. We had much to catch up on, and the following day, an offer to head into Hamburg with Angela was too good to refuse. We walked around town and visited the port again - last time minus 8 degrees, this time hot! We came across a lolly seller with rows of lollies on sale, so Angela kindly bought us some - we are big kids after all!

After a fun day in Hamburg, we had serious matters to attend to - Germany was playing in the world cup tonight - an important match and so we called did the necessary beer shopping required for such an event. Back at Winsen, we had a wonderful lunch awaiting us (we don't want to leave!) and then headed over to Peter and Steffi's place with the whole family to watch the match (Germany v Sweden). The neighbours next door had cable tv, so they yelled out slightly earlier than us each time a goal was scored, so we had an idea of what was about to happen next!... it was really a good match to watch.

On Sunday, our last day in Germany, everyone came to Winsen for a relaxed afternoon tea with the most wonderful cakes. We have been spoilt so much while we were here and given a home away from home. We are so glad that we came to spend time with our family again, and we are going to miss them all very much.

Still, its now time to see Eastern Europe... but hang on, Australia is playing against Italy tomorrow in the world cup... perhaps we can go to the fan-mile in Berlin to watch it instead???!!!
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