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I’ve known Silke for almost two years; she was my classmate and seat mate in a language course last year. While we were chatting one day in our class, I told her she looked like Phoebe (the fictional character of Lisa Kudrow from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) ‘How many times have I heard that before’ she replied. She has actually a strong physical resemblance to Phoebe in some angles. She’s tall, she’s blondine and she smiles like Phoebe.

In spite of the cultural differences, Silke and I became friends. Even when she has already moved back to Germany, she never gets tired of keeping in touch with me. Until one day, I went for the idea of visiting her. And we did see each other again.

One night, when we were having a tea break, I gagged and called her Phoebe. Her boyfriend nodded at me gesturing, ‘go on, pull her leg’. The tease didn’t bother Silke at all. ‘You know what? I even took the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. personality quiz (Which F.R.I.E.N.D.S character are you most like?)’ she added. And the result? Phoebe’s personality matched hers. We burst into uncontrollable laughter while listening to her add on stories. Phoebe and Silke both play the guitar, too. Being a jester, I even made fun of her peculiar guitar skill and always kidded her by singing Phoebe’s favorite song or shall I rather call it a chant: Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat…

Phoebe-Silke

As you may or may not know, Phoebe’s somewhat dubious musical skills were a popular source of entertainment. Her stunning array of songs include “Bisexuals”, “Sue, Sue, Suicide”, “Sticky Shoes”, “Ode to a Pubic Hair (Little Black Curly Hair)”, and most famously “Smelly Cat”, which became both a jingle for a kitty litter commercial (not sung by her) and a serious commercial release (also not her singing).

Unlike Phoebe, Silke (the Phoebe of Germany) is not a popular celebrity, but as to my own perception, she and Phoebe are equally hilarious, smart and eccentrically quirky. Phoebe- from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.; Silke- one of my sweetest friends :-).

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Welcome to the Land of Einstein

Welcome to the Land of Einstein

Germany was just one of the amazing countries I have visited here in Europe. I spent few days there and was hosted by my German friend. Despite the short span of time, Silke and I did a lot of stuff including walking and running just to catch the intercity trains. Twice we did almost miss the train- just when we stepped in, the train doors closed and the railway tracking began.

Historic Germany has much to offer including mountains, marvelous scenery, picturesque villages and castles. The best time to travel there is between May and September. I should have thought about this. And once again, I realized that I’ve travelled in the edgy season- windy, downy-dark, foggy, dry autumn. The weather didn’t hinder us though from enjoying the outdoor bustles such as visiting cafes, strolling and shopping.

Instead of putting the narration down, I think it is better to mount some photos.

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