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Old 9th January 2009, 16:01   #181
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Rukawat ke liye khed hai - I apologise for the break.

I am in Delhi running around like a headless chicken trying to get the store started. I'll be back in 2 days.
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Old 9th January 2009, 17:44   #182
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Default TheOne, homeless and TheYeti, headless!

Nice state of affairs

As we sit back, armchair watching your life, we learn love and fun stuff!

Jenny is luckier than most, earning your respect, with her sacrifice. I am sure there must be many out there who have much less than her.

May the two dilwale's sing in tune, always.

Thanks for the sharing. Great pics, simple storyline and warm narration.
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He shows me around the cafe and I find it terribly interesting.

Errr....are those chairs on the ceiling???
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I'll be back in 2 days.
What next? Where are you sam?
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Default YetiBlog® 28th December continued

Thomas, Jenny and I go to the Ice Skating Rink, the Eisstadion. It is chaotic, there are too many people (not for me, I'm Indian, I'm used to people) but it does not look like we'll be able to do some peaceful ice skating.

2 reasons for this: It is a Saturday (and a great sunny day!) and later, there is a ice hockey local game.

The phone rings. It is Jenny's BIL. He has faced the same problem and they've has taken the kids to Teichhaus for some hot chocolate. Oh what the hell, we join them, lol.

As we walk to Teichhaus, I realise that the lake is freezing over slowly and surely. Now the frozen bits are approaching the centre of the lake where the fountain is.
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Outside Teichhaus, people have collected around the Bratwurst vendor. Almost everyone has a piping hot coffee and a bratwurst roll in his hand. Most wish that they had three hands to hold their cigarettes.
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We walk in and Jenny takes her jacket off. Oh no! This is what comes of having too many JBL freebies, lol.
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After the laughter dies down, we relax ourselves with cups of hot cocoa and Met. Robert calls, telling us he will join us in a few minutes as he was in the area.
He walks into Teichhaus and quickly takes his jacket off. Suddenly the air is full of cheering and laughing and clapping.
Oh No! he says, sitting down next to everyone else. Talk about a day of coincidences! The people in restaurant are staring and thinking that this is some kind of promotion, lol.
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Later that evening we drive to Frankfurt. And that is the extraordinary thing about the little town of Bad Nauheim. This little picturesque town is only 70 kms from Frankfurt and is (obviously) connected with this super Autobahn, so getting to Frankfurt generally takes 30 to 40 minutes!
It has the pleasure of a small-town romance, but is close enough to Frankfurt where you have the shops and the night-life! Extraordinary.

In Frankfurt, we spend a beautiful evening with my friend and colleague Klaus and his brother. Lots of talking and exchanging of anecdotes about Christmas and a short walk from the restaurant to a nightclub.
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We cross a house that has got to be the brightest and most lit up house in the history of Christmas. I quickly take a few pictures.
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The drive home is quiet as the cold is bitter. The heater takes almost 15 minutes to show any action and honestly, that is just too long.
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Old 13th January 2009, 13:15   #186
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Default YetiBlog® - 29th December 2008 - The day at Siegen

Today we will visit a close friend of Jenny's, to say goodbye. Jasmine lives in Siegen, about 100kms away from Bad Nauheim.
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Jenny is still sleepy from the previous night and so I take the wheel. First stop, Schöffel und Otto (her Dad's office) to pick up some important paperwork.
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It is surprising how many things are involved that I never thought of. In Germany, every citizen is registered in many, many places. There is pension, unemployment benefit, taxes and many more things.

You see, now that Jenny has quit her job, she is actually entitled to a (pretty decent) unemployment benefit from her government. That money begins from the day she quits her job and continues until she gets a new one (whenever that may be) and the money is enough to pay the rent and pay for all the food you need.
But since Jenny is going away, she voluntarily chooses not to receive this money and so has to go through a procedure of declaration.

This is just one of the many complications. I will not bore you with more.

It is an uneventful and pleasant drive. The day is bright but the temperature hovers between -3 and -5 all the way to Siegen.

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We meet with Jasmine and quickly leave for Casa Del Sol where another friend joins us. Casa Del Sol is a warm beautiful cafe nestled in the heart of the snowy mountains and it, truly, is beautiful. We have a nice time here, chatting and eating and laughing.

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The other friend leaves us and now Jasmine, Jenny and I will explore quaint little Siegen by foot.
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Default YetiBlog® - 29th December 2008 - Siegen

And now we explore Siegen (pronouced Zee-gun). Up and down and up and down, I realise that the city centre is all hilly. it makes a great and scenic walk, both through the pretty parts and the shopping area.
I'm taking it all in with wondrous eyes.

Jenny and Jasmine walk ahead chatting and chatting in German. Women! I laugh and shake my head and allow them to catch up on a long gossip session as I walk around taking many, many photos.

Here are a few.

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The houses in Siegen look very different from the houses in bad Nauheim and other areas of Hessen. Upon close inspection I discover that almost all the houses are covered in thin scales of slate, that have been literally arranged in the manner that scales are arranged on a fish. This gives the home a distinctive black/grey appearance.

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The walk continues.

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Old 13th January 2009, 14:27   #188
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Default YetiBlog® - The little Schloss in Siegen

A Schloss is a castle. Not quite as grand as one would make it out to be when one visits a little one. Siegen is known well for this Schloss on top of the hill, but this is not why Siegen is famous.

Siegen was where Peter Paul Rubens was born. Many art aficionados visit the city and it contains a large collection of his works. This however was something we had no time to visit. Our reason for visiting Siegen was Jasmine and every moment was for her and Jenny.

Now a tour of the Schloss.
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Ah the beautiful bare trees with their tips on fire!
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We walk to the edge of the hill and peer down at the town.

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Beautiful, yes, but not as beautiful as Bad Nauhiem. Siegen was ravaged by the war and owing to it's peculiar choice of greys, the town looks a bit gloomy to me.
But interesting and beautiful nonetheless.

Back to the Schloss
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Jasmine explains the little details and bits of history and interesting information. She is very sweet.
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We walk through the gardens and soon say goodbye to the castle.
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Back to the city centre we walk through the shopping area, buying a few trinkets and looking for some Rubens souveniers for my Dad.
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Schöffel is a famous (well, in Germany) company that makes sports gear and jackets and stuff.

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Oh yes Jenny, you are a Schöffel for now, but for how long? lol

Cars are not allowed in the city centre, but if you wish to go all the way up the hill, you can take the rather cute Hübbelbummler up for a euro.

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Back at the bottom of the hill now.
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In typical german fashion, we stop in the late afternoon for some Cafe und Kuchen, cake and coffee. I enjoy my cake and I watch people, looking around as I sense the tone of goodbye creeping into the girls' voices.

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I wonder what it would be like to say goodbye and good luck to my friends. Not easy I'll bet. I smile and rub her hand as she talks to Jasmine in German. I'm not really trying to understand what she's saying, a mixture of tone and an occasional word and I understand quite easily.

It may have been a thousand words, a million gestures but I know what she's saying.

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Goodbye Jasmine.

We walk silently to the car, as she wipes the tears.
Alles klar mein schatz?
mmm hmmm.

She drives back to Bad nauheim. This evening we will go to a very exciting Rock concert!

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Nice countryside.
Nice cafe Casa Del Sol.

germanyme sub kuchh hai lekin aadmi log thode hai.
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germanyme sub kuchh hai lekin aadmi log thode hai.
Indiame bhi sub kuchh hai lekin log thode zyada hai.
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magar india me har jagah itni sundar nahi hai!

chalo mil kar sundar banae!!

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Lol.
is it possible Navpreet.
By the way, I know one place which is "Sundar" - JBL Entertainment Lounge.!
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Man that is one place i gotta visit.drool maal.I'm gonna make it a point to spend a few hours there checking out the equipment.I have already given reference to quite a lot of my friends to check out home audio there.


And yes it is possible to clean up india.just do your own little bit of contribution like no throwing garbage or wrappers around.and even if you inspire one more person to do the same your job is done.
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Ha.
Dreams like this are better only written.
I dont think it will ever happen.

Coming back to the topic, Sam, i know you are back in India and settling things here and there but don't make the popcorns wait so much.

Tell us what happened then.
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Hübbelbummler

That is the best new word I've seen in ages!

Please do explain how it is made up?

And... those cakes... it is just torture to see the pictures and not be able to eat them!
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