Few days after settling to my summer 2012 temporary homebase, the Christ family visited me. Prior to this visit, they were wondering 'Where and why in the world are you staying in Erftstadt?'
Yes, you heard it right, I stayed in Erftstadt. I used to live in Darmstadt. And do you know that I had visited friends in Willingen, had a family in Herzberg and went to Wetzlar for a short day trip. Where in the world was I? These are small and often unheard places I had been. Their names may not had really made a mark in the map, but they contributed a very important spot in my heart! So let me briefly talk about my Erftstadt and Brühl experiences.
Stayed from July 31 to September 26, 2012
This small city is a 20-minute drive from Cologne. There you go, now you know the Kölner Dom and a little bit in the outskirt I found a family who had welcomed me to their house during the summer vacation in Germany. Tita Emily and Tito Jörg had offered me a place to stay while waiting for my move to Rome. Tita Emily is my mother's highschool batch. I was so happy to have a mom and instant family, not just for the summer but forever. Tito Jörg is always funny and he even seemed to be my dad interrogating about me and my boyfriend. I was Keira's bed and roommate, played with little smart Marcelo and said Hallo und Wie gehts to Jens.
|Tita Emily and Tito Jörg. Jens, Marcelo and Keira.|
|Sunset run in Erftstadt. I thought I was along the Pili Drive in Los Baños on my way to IRRI!|
BrühlAugust 3, 10 and 11, 2012
When the Christs visited me in Erftstadt, we went to a nearby town called Brühl - 20 kilometers south of Cologne. This small city has a big mall, a big amusement park called Phantasialand, and number of small water bodies.
That day, I finally met Mian! The Christ family - Holger, Simi, Mian and I had chill afternoon and fun by the lake, walked around it, and made catching up on what's happening in the Philippines. Simi and Holger always amaze me how their lives had been so updated on Philippine politics and events.
|Simi, Holger and Baby Mian!|
|Lake. Verboten: No Parking. LB Flaskbacks. Berry picking and the Ducks.|
Near the lake is an amusement park called Phantasialand. I was there twice. First, I was in China. Secondly, I was a little child again - around the world.
Tita Emily and her family brought me to Phantasialand for a night show. For two months, there were free acrobats and entertainment shows. While taking the photos, I felt like saying: Mom, I am not in Europe.
And what is the entertainment business without Filipino singers? Pinoy pride brags it all as I met and become friends with mainstay performers in Phantasialand!
|Followed by live performances of our talented Filipino singers! Go ate Elena!|
|Phantasialand Panoramic Day Shot!|
|3D and Ice Skating. Indoor activities to rest for a while!|
I never thought there's a theme park in Brühl or even thought I will be spending my summer in this part of Germany.
Where is Brühl and Erftstadt? Small towns and places yet geo-tagged on my memory and my heart.