Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Ajji and the birthday weekend

I share my birthday with my Ajji (grand mother), the most important woman in my life. Every year when one calls the other and says "Happy birthday", the other replies with "same to you too!". Many people share their birthdays and for me this is what makes my birthday special every year. Nothing compares to sharing a cup of coffee made by her when the clock strikes that hour.

This year have to say the day was gloomy for a number of reasons, nevertheless the weekend was a refreshing experience to visit a typical German family in Durlach.


How I got to know them is a story in itself. To keep it short, they are the Arheidts and I know them through their daughter Yvonne Arheidt, my penpal.


After a long night of cooking for the people who rescued me from being alone, it was very late in the night on Saturday that I slept after cleaning up almost half the kitchen vessels in the dorm.


I was supposed to meet the family for the breakfast on Sunday. The frequency of trams in smaller cities of Germany like Karlsruhe goes down drastically on Sundays. If you miss a connection, you have to wait in cold for longer duration. Thankfully I was only late by 20 mins and I had informed of this to them in prior.

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Video: From inside the tram eins. (On the way to Durlach)

I used all the "ein bisschen deutsch" I knew and I am pretty sure Frau Arheidt did the same with Englisch. Somehow language was not a barrier, as I was helped with translation by Ralf (brother of Yvonne) and his friend Christian.
Image: Handball teams warming up
 
The day flew like an hour and by the end of it I had watched Ralf's handball game (helped by Olli with player stats), talked about pretty much about everything from Mysore to schooling in India, had breakfast, lunch and atleast five cups of coffee. The day which started gloomily, ended up on a very warm note, thanks to the homely family in a beautiful place called Durlach.

Image: Chocolates from Durlach (A gift from the family)

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