Sunday, October 19, 2008

Day 11 - Colberg/Kolberg Family Reunion

Since moving back to my home town of St. Joseph in 1997, my mother and I have organized 5 reunions of our Kolberg family (in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003). These reunions were previously held from 1939-1957 and then had stopped. At our reunion in 2000, Gerhard and his grandsons, Kai and Oliver, traveled to the US to attend.

Now, in Berlin, Gerhard was planning a Colberg/Kolberg family reunion to correspond with my visit and today would be the day.

Breakfast this morning was at Uschi and Harald's apartment followed by make-overs for myself and Christa by Uschi. I asked Uschi if she would like to come to St. Joseph every morning and do my make-up for me; it would really be nice but unfortunately she felt it was a little too far to commute!

Around noon, Kai and Steffi arrived at the apartment followed by Oli and Mandy and we left in 3 cars for a local Chinese restaurant. Gerhard knew that Chinese food was a favorite of mine (after wiener schnitzel, of course) and he had found a very nice Chinese restaurant where we could have a private room. The meal was great and the conversations were equally so and we sat for quite some time visiting.

Following our lunch, Gerhard suggested that we all go to an attraction in Marzahn called "Gärten Der Welt" (or Gardens of the World). It was here that Oli and Mandy had been married this past August and it promised to be a beautiful site to visit.

This huge location in Marzahn featured gardens from such places as China, Japan, Korea, etc along with other sites as well. One could spend hours walking through these gardens and we did stay all of the afternoon. The day was cool but sunny and made for good photos.

Following our trip through the gardens, we returned to Uschi and Harald's apartment for coffee, tea and cakes and discussions of genealogy. Supper followed at 9:30 and back to my apartment and bed around midnight.

Above photos - Copyright © 2008 by Cheryl Schulte

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