Yesterday, Feyma and I had a really great day. We had been invited over to the house of Klaus Doring for lunch! Klaus had promised a German lunch. We weren’t really to sure what to expect for lunch, as we have never really eaten German food before! But, what the heck, let’s give it a try! We arrived at Klaus’ house at 12 noon, just in time for the feast. It was a rainy day in Davao yesterday, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for a great meal! We soon found that the plan was to eat our lunch out on the patio. It’s a covered patio, so the rain didn’t stop that. One thing that you will find if you visit Klaus and Rosanna’s place is that the house is surrounded by lush gardens of beautiful tropical flowers and greenery. Sitting out on the outdoor patio in that environment was only enhanced by hearing the falling rain, like a fountain sound in the background. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
In attendance for the lunch were Feyma and I, along with Klaus, Rosanna and Mutti. Rosanna is the wife of Klaus, and she is really a special lady. I have always liked Rosanna since the first day we met some months ago. Rosanna lived in Germany after marrying Klaus, I believe for more than 10 years (sorry, Rose, I don’t remember exactly how many), and then they moved back to the Philippines in the late 90’s. Rose is fluent in German as well as English. Who is Mutti? That’s the mother of Klaus! Mutti is 84 years old, but you would not think she is a day over 60. Very vibrant, and active. She is really a strong woman! If you give her a hug, you will find out how strong she is, because she will hold you so tight until you might pop! Ha ha… I really like Mutti a lot. Although she can’t speak English, and I can’t speak German, we have a nice relationship with each other, I think. I was once told by Klaus that Mutti liked me because I embraced her on our first meeting, and she liked that. Also, in so many ways, Klaus and I are just like each other – we even look similar to each other!
Anyway, as the lunch was served, we found out what was to be eaten. Rose and Mutti served the food – pasta, potatoes, a beef stew and some salad. It was really delicious! Oh yes, I forgot to mention the favorite of Klaus – parmesan cheese. The idea was that you had potatoes or pasta (or both, as I did!), put the stew on top of that, and then cover it in parmesan cheese. Whew! How delicious. After the main course, Rose served a desert that she had prepared, it was a sort of Mango Sorbet – quite delicious!
After taking in our excellent meal, we sat around and talked for a couple of hours, just enjoying each other’s company and getting to know each other even better. I have known Klaus and Rose for nearly 6 months, I guess, and we get together frequently, but I think that yesterday was our first time to just enjoy the afternoon talking and listening to each other. It was really a pleasure!
Thank you to Klaus, Rose and Mutti for giving us such an enjoyable and memorable afternoon!