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Back to Cologne, Devastated!

I'm back to Cologne again and writing this from my own computer. It was infected by Spyware just the night before I travel to Denmark and I couldn't write anything when I was there but here again the computer is working! I had a good week in my cousin's house in Greve but when he dropped me at the airport I was about to burst into tears. I have the same bad feeling now. It started this morning. I know that I'm going to Iran to see the family, relatives, friends and F. F. but I'm in one of my worst emotional moods ever. Cyrus had been nice to me and is gone to work but even that didn't help me. I can't write more at the moment but will continue soon and probably cover part of my trip to Denmark , one of the most expensive European countries.

Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne

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We spent a few valuable hours in the Roman-Germanic Museum yesterday. As Cologne (or in German, Koln ) is a city which used to be inhabited by Romans , its culture roots to the Romans . There are thousands of pieces shown in the museum. Most of them tagged with the street address of where it has been dag out in the city! I still was a little tired of the yesterday’s exercise in the gym so after that we went to a McCafe which is a cafe in a McDonald’s restaurant and that’s the only place which you can get a good cup of coffee in this city, and relaxed for a few minutes. You can find Starbucks and other chain restaurants here as well as other coffee shops but the coffee is either not good or very expensive. I tried to make the girls understand what I want but finally my coffee was served with whipped cream on the top instead of cream in it! Not to mention that a tall coffee costs €2.5 ! At least it’s edible. Then we had a little window-shopping and walking around, Cyrus ’s favou

Stupid Stingy

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I finally got so angry with Cyrus that made me having a verbal abuse with him! It was mostly because his stupidity and cheapness. I asked him before my trip if he needs anything and he said he didn ’t. But when I arrived I noticed that he does not have many basic things that you might need daily. For example the idiot has paid more than €800 for a laptop but has no saltcellar, no mirror for the bathroom, no curtain for the windows and no light on ceilings! He didn ’t provide me any mattress so I had to lay down on thin blankets on the floor and that made me almost sleepless since I stayed in his place. So yesterday I was so tired and the way different people treated me drove me crazy! First I wanted to get something to eat and like every time he said that he didn ’t want anything. Then I got a Coca Cola and the bitch charged me €2.5 for a fucking bottle (The regular price should not exceed €1.5) Then I went to a currency exchange place and the fucking bastard wanted to give me on

Pacsha and a Little More on Koln

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We got into train and went to see inside of the Cathedral yesterday. Train is the most popular vehicle in Germany for internal city and city to city, even country to country travels. I bought a weekly pass and I can go everywhere I want for €18.9. We both sat beside two Turkish girls. Turk s are the largest foreigners in Germany . We started talking and although they were not fluent in English I tried to communicate through Cyrus but he’s an idiot. When I invite her to a coffee she said something indicating that she was busy but she was eager. Cyrus, the idiot, wanted to go and fix one of his numerous problems so we let them get off at their stop after the girl who introduced herself as Ayesha shock hand with me. I held her hand for a few second but they were gone. We wasted a few hours waking form this street to that street for just a few Euro s Cyrus was trying to get back and then we went to the Cathedral again. This time we climbed all the way up. There’s a €2 admissi

Koln (Cologne)

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I started my Cologne ( English ), Koln ( German ) tour in Mon. We started from the city landmark, Cologne Cathedral or Dom , a 17 century building. The cathedral is among a few buildings which survived after the heavy bombings of WWII . It was the tallest building of the world for four consecutive years, from 1884 to 1888 . It’s a Roman Catholic cathedral. Everything outside and especially inside is magnificent. Cyrus then took me to the busy part of the city, where the shops are located in downtown. Euro is the currency of the country like most of other European countries and I need $1.45 to get 1 Euro . So for this reason most of the goods are expensive but surprisingly many more aren’t! Water is horrible here and has a very bad taste. So does its coffee! I haven’t found a good cup of coffee after 3 days so far! Burger King , McDonald’s and Starbuck ’s have all stores here but I don’t even touch Starbucks in Canada and tried McDonald’s yesterday and it was not the us

Germany

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The plane landed in Frankfurt International Airport after almost 10 hours of tiring flight the day before. That was one of the worst flights and landings that I have ever experienced. There was a stupid old probably Filipino woman sitting beside me, sleeping like an old dog during most of the flight. The passengers were mostly elderly people as Sonia mentioned before I fly. The pilot circled around the damn airport at least 5 times to reduce his altitude and speed while I had one eye on the screen and the other one looking outside the window. Passport control and baggage claim and everything after that were very easy though. The policeman just checked the passport to make sure that it’s not forged and then I got my luggage with no delay and went to get my ticket to Cologne . I paid almost €68 for a first class train to the city. The train arrived at the station underneath at 12:09 and I got in. ICE is a very nice train. German railroad, Bahn actually provides excellent service

The Road You Make It Together

I've got so close to FF in last 3 to 4 months that if I don’t receive on-time reply from her, get really upset! She’s not only a beautiful girl, but also understanding, smart and kind. I don’t know how I fall for someone whom hasn’t been met once! I believe that we all are born once and have to walk a road called life to the end and at the end is the end! That would be all. And people walk that way sometimes alone, sometimes with a companion, sometimes quickly, at times as slow as molasses, being spilt off a cup. Everybody has own way of walking through but eventually everybody one day needs a mate to be safe in this bumpy rood. I truly believe in that but I still think that I’m making a mistake goin’ to see her and probably marry her later. Nevertheless this might be the last chance for me! FF told me her sister has been living in Germany for almost 12 years and she actually went there first with her family and claimed refugee. That’s I think a good girl to marry because she s

Eagle Watching

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Village of Brackendale , a small community attached to Squamish is the winter home of Bald Eagle . People from everywhere rush to the village to watch Eagle s. There’s one spot in Government Road by Squamish River . It gets really crowded specially in weekends. People bring their binoculars and extra giant zoom lenses and enjoy the views. Fortunately there’s no bridge to cross the river. So the other side is a safe place for wildlife. When I was in high school, I always wanted to have a camera and it took until I got my first job and then bought it and I still have it. Not to mention that the first thing that I bought using the money I had earned myself was a gift for my Mom . Then years passed and I enjoyed my camera but then I wanted a zoom lens! And I still would like to have one. The lenses people in Eagle watching spot carry, God! is enormous. I mean it’s big and probably able to have a close up of the Eagle ’s claw! So for that reason the photos I have taken from the Eagle s

Dig the Hole, Steal the Minaret

A. J. came here for the first time after he had gotten back from his trip-vacation-holiday(!) I was there earlier because I knew if I had not been to the house, there would have been advices coming to me, with a loud tone! So here I am, sitting on an empty pale of paint, cleaning trowels by rubbing them together (what a thoughtful job!) and A. J. steps in, wearing a big smile. I was quite surprised but didn’t show my emotions. We greeted and got back to work immediately. He didn’t say much about the house and what had been done by me. Then when he found a minute, he showed me a couple of suitcases he had brought to me for my trip and again surprisingly showed me the souvenir he had! I was again surprised because I didn’t expect that and they didn’t have to. That was very nice. It's always nice you realize that there are people, just a few people in this world of more than 6 Billion, who care about you, even if that’s just a little. A box of chocolate bars or a bottle of beverage

'08 Is Here

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I haven’t written for awhile because nothing special happened in the last 2 weeks. No Christmas . No New Year . I just downloaded a few nice Christmas songs and enjoyed listening to them. It was just me either going to work and do a little or be at home in front of the TV or computer’s screen. It was snowing pretty much every day until the Dec.31! I had a little plan yesterday. I wanted to get my photos, do a little shopping for Mom and Brother , watch AVP-Q and then come home a little late but instead just got the photos and did only a little shopping and got back early. First because I was just by myself but the main reason was lack of a reliable vehicle. The damn van is to slow and also hard to drive. Beside I fear that something might happen in the highway or when it’s parked. So I did nothing and just like most of the days of my life, was a waste of time. But after all the days after Christmas and New Year is so horrible. I feel so bad; especially there was not much fun fo