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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm presently in Germany, a country in which the rail company staff will apologise profusely because your train is going to be four minutes late, possibly jeopardising your connection with next train (a fast one that only runs every two hours), and puts you on an earlier train. Good grief.

I must therefore post about the weekend before the events of this week overwrite my front memory registers. We were descended upon by a horde of out-laws. The parents-out-law (plus aunt-who-lives-in-Seattle) arrived on Friday, before I returned home from working in London. The bloke conjured up a lovely lamb-chop dinner with the help of father-out-law. Humuhumu graced an assortment of laps before retiring to bed, mostly full of stolen spoonfuls of everyone else's pudding.

On Saturday, everyone went for a walk whilst I made an enormous apple and pear pie. On their return, we headed off to the pub for lunch to meet our friends. Humuhumu and Suki were quite excited to see one another after Suki's two week cycling holiday with her parents (Munich to Vienna). They chased one another around the garden with much enthusiasm.

[Image of Humuhumu in pursuit of Suki. Suki has already made her escape behind the camerawoman.]

Just before the dessert menus were handed out, sister-out-law turned up with Niece and Nephew. This meant everyone got to order a Belgian waffle with forest fruits and vanilla ice cream, and all was well.

Afterward, a little quiet digesting time was required.

[Image of Granny, Niece, Nephew & Humuhumu reading in Humuhumu's room.]

Some were quieter about it than others.

[Image of Humuhumu shouting "Neigh" at a drawing of a horse.]

Very soon it was time to eat again. The bloke's fish pie preceded my apple-and-pear pie, and lo, everyone was stuffed again.

[Image of Humuhumu clinking sippy cup with her Dada's glass, with Granddad's encouragement.]

The cousins shared in a pre-bed bathing ritual, watched over by parents, whilst the elder out-laws made themselves comfortable downstairs with more wine.

[Image of three children in a claw-footed bathtub, filling up rubber duck/whale/rabbit to squirt the surrounding adults.]

Once the cousins were down and out, the adults were united in wine-drinking and desultory chit-chat until, well, frankly, not very late at all, given how sleepy and full we all were. Nevertheless, I think we can claim the event was a success.

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-10-15 02:09 (UTC)
It seems like the bloke has a much bigger family than you do - true statement?

MMMM, you guys eat well!

I love that you guys have a claw footed bathtub! I always wanted one of those! And I love that Humuhumu has so many books in her room!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-10-16 15:34 (UTC)
Yes, that's right. My immediate family is tiny, as a consequence of me having no siblings. Also, even the extended family that I'm close to generally don't live nearby.

We do eat well. Too well - I need to cut back on the baking, I think!

The bathroom and its bathtub are a big part of what makes me love our house so much. It takes up a disproportionate amount of space, particularly for an English house, but it's worth keeping (in my view) because it's so pleasant to be in.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-10-15 10:03 (UTC)
She's such a cute kid. :D

wow, I always wondered if that was true about Germany.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-10-16 15:30 (UTC)
I think so too, but I'm obviously biased! :D

It is part of the efficient!German stereotype, but apparently the DB have problems too, as we discovered yesterday when a strike stranded a number of meeting attendees who'd just flown into Frankfurt...
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2014-10-15 10:05 (UTC)

German trains

And yet, Deutsche Bahn is legendary for late trains. I think on every long-distance journey I've taken, at least one of the trains involved has been at least 5 or 10 minutes late, sometimes longer.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-10-16 15:27 (UTC)

Re: German trains

Yes, the positive impression left by the initial interaction was subsequently dashed. Trains were cancelled yesterday due to a strike, leaving some meeting attendees stranded in Frankfurt. They managed to get here, but not until the evening.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2014-10-15 19:40 (UTC)
I think you are the first person on my list who graces the German train system/company with such praise. It makes me scared of what the UK one is like ...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-10-16 15:28 (UTC)
The UK rail system is worse. Definitely worse. The trains are much dirtier, later and more expensive.

But the positive impression DB gave was quickly dashed yesterday when they went on strike, stranding a number of meeting attendees in Frankfurt!

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