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We were in the state of Main, north of NY, a "turning point" and up to one week stay.
On a flight we had two days in Main and should be in civil fly to New York with an U.S. airline "absorbed antes proceeding" there to take the plane back to Germany on duty.
 
Main is very beautiful in its own way, forests and small Villages without end.
But if you know it in the fall somewhat dull.
 
A colleague, let's call him Norbert, spoke to me, he was formerly in the german army, the Luftwaffe, even our politicians had flown as a FA, he knew Washington DC very good, some time he was stationed there.
He had inquired at the airport after rewriting of tickets and received a positive response.
He would D.C. like to see if I would come along.
We talked to our captain, if we have a few days in DC could stay.
We were known as reliable, he only asked that we would have to contact him by phone every day and would arrive one day before the departure in NYC.
 
So off to D.C.
 
Here we checked inexpensively in Arlington, here is the well-known military cemetery, in a motel one that housed German soldiers and it was party time.
He knew the most interesting places and discos .......
In George Town, the Old Town, with a french flair we made some party ...
 
A car was hired and off we went.
(Although in the United States, alcohol is prohibited at the wheel, but as long as you move safely in traffic, also not a cop gets upset) and we had enough over the years of experience in driving in foreign countries.
There are recognized bizarre laws ...
As a "tourist"  make youself always friendly ignorant stupid.
But we did not know everything yet, we still had to learn ...
 
We met interested  girls from the University .....
Just as we were driving back to the motel, the car was gone.
 
Coincidentally there was a patrol car by the police, we were explaned. In the long line of parked cars, a parking spot was that we had used by us with  a"Yay".
 
Here was a nondescript little bridge and in the U.S. is basically no parking on bridges, why the officials did not know why.
 
In approximately 1 mile there was the yard, 24 h would be opened, could possibly get there the car, so we walked there. The colored man, all in white uniformed officers, was very friendly. Against a penalty of $ 70, we can take the car and everything is under 100 U.S. $ and is not in the hunt. Or we could take our stuff out of the car or at 10:00 h to go to the rapid court.
 
We were once again in the spirit of adventure, a slight alcohol fog was certainly with us in the game and reported at 10:00 h for the rapid court.
 
Hardly bureaucracy, got a form and put us in front of the "Hearing Room 5" to "pews" with about 40 other people waiting.
 
Suddenly a colored guy in motorcycle outfit,  tiped on my shoulder and asked me, how are you today?
We were a bit confused, but no one we knew in D.C.. We had not been detected the officer of the yard without his white uniform.
 
We asked if he had duty in court today?
He laughed. He had parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk and was now landed here as a patient. When we asked why he had not attended the hearing in uniform, it said, then I bekome as a police officer twice the punishment ....
 
It was a huge hearing room and 20 attendees were called, had to sit on chairs in a circle at the wall.
Well off we went, in contrast to those affected had in Germany, in microphone, swear to tell the truth.
 
The first Case, a woman had not let her drivin licence from another state rewrite: GUILTY.
 
2nd In case someone had an cycling hit: GUILTY.
 
The third Case, WE: Norbert went forward and swore. Now we had to stay with the truth, otherwise the risk is too great.
 
We are from Germany and want to look at DC, did not know that parking on bridges in the United States was prohibited and the police could not tell us why.
In contrast, in old Germany, one must always park on bridges, unless there are signs prohibiting there.
The judge, well, a German policeman knows certainly not all the laws ....
Norbert, better kept the mouth shut ..
Next question, so you are in D.C. as tourists, (which we were also, truth) and want to enjoy DC?
Answer: Yes!
The judge: I am altering the penalty of $ 70 to 0, I will give you a letter, collect your car and enjoy your time in DC !
 
Won, give me 5 ..
 
Again something for the photo album .....
 
that was class, a minimum of bureaucracy.
Enjoyd the city and seen the girls again ....
 
We were definitely on time next day in NYC .......

SRI LANKA

Der Anfang - 1980 - eine schnelle Übersicht -  The Start - 1980 - a quick view -

Muster Beach Cottage - Sample Beach Cottage -

Mein Freund Titus und ich am Esstisch, ein Schnappschuß.      

-My friend Titus any me at the Dining Table, a snapshot -

Die Familie von Titus - Family of Titus.
Die Familie von Titus - Family of Titus.

In meiner Zeit als Flugbegleiter machten mein bester Freund Eddie (rechts) und ich (mitte) im Jahre1980 in Sri Lanka Urlaub. Er war auch gerade geschieden worden und brauchte Abwechslung. Wir hatten von einem Kollegen einige Geschenke im Gepäck und lernten so die Familie von Titus kennen. Es enstand eine herzliche Freundschaft, die bis heute besteht.

 

In my time as a flight attendant, I took my best friend Eddie (right) and I (center) in the year1980 on a holiday in Sri Lanka. We learned through a colleague, the family of Titus know. It arised a warm friendship that exists today.

 

Mein bester Freund Eddie (leider schon verstorben) und ich vor einer Dagoba.

My best friend Eddie (unfortunately already deceased) and me in front of a dagoba.

Mein Freund Titus und ich vor einer Dagoba.

My friend Titus and me in front of a dagoba.

In einem der Budhistischen Here in a buddhist temple.Tempel
In einem der Budhistischen Here in a buddhist temple.Tempel

Hier in einem buddhistischen Tempel.

Here in a buddhist temple-

Titus verdiente sein Geld durch Touren über die Insel. Er wollte einen Mietwagen bestellen um mit uns eine Dschungeltour zu machen.

Eddie und ich sind Handwerker und waren auf Abenteuer aus, außerdem sollte er etwas mehr Gewinn haben und überredeten ihn mit seinem 27 Jahre alten Ford Anglia die Tour zu machen. Einen großen Werkzeukasten und eine Rolle Draht waren mit dabei.

Es waren unterwegs nur kleine Reparaturen notwendig: 2 Zündkabel mussten etwas gekürzt werden und der Lichtmaschienen Riemen wieder gespannt.

Man konnte im hinteren Bereich durch große Löcher die Strasse sehen und bei richtigen Schauern kam das Wasser ins Auto, aber wird hatten viel Spaß.

 

Von der fantastischen unvergesslichen Tour fehlen mir noch Fotos, die ich bald noch einstellen werde.

 

Titus earned his money through tours of the island. He wanted to order a car to take us on a jungle tour.

Eddie and I are craftsmen and were out on adventures, and he should have a little more income and convinced him with his 27 years old Ford Anglia to make the tour. A large tool box and a roll of wire were there.


There were only minor repairs needed on the road: 2 spark plug wire had to be shortened and the altenator belt tension again.


You could see the road thru large holes in the rear, and at right showers the water came into the car, but we enjoyed the tour so much and had lots of fun.

From the fantastic memorable tour I still need photos and I hope, that I will soon set yet.

Auch im Busch traf man freundliche Menschenwurde gebadet
Auch im Busch traf man freundliche Menschenwurde gebadet

Auch im Busch traf man freundliche Menschen.

Es wurde viel gebadet.

 

Also in the bush we met friendly people.
There has been much bathed.

Setzen des Ferienanlagenschildes
Setzen des Ferienanlagenschildes

Titus bereitete bei den Behörden die Anmeldung einer public L.T.D. vor und wir konnten im Osten der Insel, im Vogelschutzgebiet eine Plantage kaufen, die von einem Zyclon überrannt wurde und fast ohne Palmen angeboten wurde.

Die Anlage wurde Suriya Village Resort L.T.D benannt. (Suriya = Sonne) Village=Dorf, Siedlung

Resort= Urlaubsanlage.

L.T.D. = GmbH

Im Deutschen nicht ganz zu übersetzen, im Englischen eine tyische Namensgebung.

Vielleicht kommt Urlaub-Sonnensiedlung GmbH sehr nah.

 

Titus prepared with the authorities an application for a public LTD and before we could buy a plantation in the east of the island, bird sanctuary, which was overrun by a cyclone and was offered almost no trees.

The plant was named Suriya Village Resort LTD. (Suriya = sun).

200m flacher Strand und einige unserer Handwerker - 200 m shallow Beach and some of our Workmen.
200m flacher Strand und einige unserer Handwerker - 200 m shallow Beach and some of our Workmen.

Der Strand war ideal für Kinder und ältere Urlauber, über etwa eine Strecke von 100m konnte man im flachen Wasser waten.

Einige unserer Arbeiter im feierlichen Outfit bereit zum Besuch im Tempel.

 

The beach was ideal for the elderly and children, over a distance of about 100m you could wade in shallow water.
Some of our workers in a festive outfit.

Unser bunter  Baustellen LKW - Our Construction Truck.
Unser bunter Baustellen LKW - Our Construction Truck.

Unser kleiner Truck.

Titus links, Mitte einer unserer Fahrer, rechts der Koch.

 

Our small Truck.


Titus left, center, one of our drivers, the right, the cook.

Bei unserem anderen sehr guten Freund, Nihal, in Colombo, waren meine EX und Alexander gut aufgehoben.

Nihal und seine Familie haben uns sehr mit Rat und Tat geholfen.

Als Mensch Geschäftsmann war er einfach top.

Er hat eine Motoren Reparatur Fabrik und privat einige tolle Fahrzeuge.

Hier sein Allrad....

Auch ein Ford T4 war dabei.

 

With our other good friend, Nihal, in Colombo, my EX and Alexander were in good hands.

 

 

He, and his family helped us a lot, advices and deed.
Also as a businessman, he was great.


Nihal has a engine repair factory and private great vehicles.

Here is his four-wheel
Even a Ford T4 was there.

Zu Besuch bei Nihal, Besprechung für einen Jagdausflug.

 

Visiting Nihal, meeting for a hunting trip.

Gemütlich am Wohnzimmer offenes Dach
Gemütlich am Wohnzimmer offenes Dach

Das war gemütlich, direkt am Wohnzimmer ein kleiner Innenhof mit offenem Dach.

Wenn es regnete, ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl, der Ruhe und in den Tropen zu sein.

 

It was cozy, right at the living room a small courtyard with open roof.
If it rained an indescribable feeling of peace and being in the tropics.

Man traf sich oft mit Freunden
Man traf sich oft mit Freunden

Man traf sich oft mit Freunden

 

We often met with friends

Upali, ein guten Freund
Upali, ein guten Freund

Hier, mit Upali, Rechtsanwalt und ein guter Freund.

 

Als er zum ersten mal nach Deutschland kam, war richtiger Winter und hoher Schnee.

 

Es war kaum zu glauben, ein gestandener Jurist wälzte sich im Schnee, den er nur aus dem TV kannte.

 

Here, with Upali, a lawyer and a good friend.

 

When he came to Germany for the first time, was real winter and deep snow.

It was hard to believe that a solid lawyer rolled in the snow, which he knew only from the TV.

Nach meiner Trennung mit einem einheimischen Mädel
Nach meiner Trennung mit einem einheimischen Mädel

Nach meiner Trennung mit einem einheimischen Mädel

 

After my breakup with a local girl

Irgenwei hatte ich das gefühl man wollte mich wieder verheiraten.
Irgenwei hatte ich das gefühl man wollte mich wieder verheiraten.

Irgenwie hatte ich das Gefühl man wollte mich wieder verheiraten.

 

Somehow I had the feeling they wanted to marry me again.

Die geplante Ferienanlage im Modell
Die geplante Ferienanlage im Modell

Von einem Künstler hatten wir ein Pappmodell der Anlage erstellen lassen, das der dann für uns malte.

Später haben wir diese Vorlage als Visitenkartenlayout genommen.

 

By an artist we odered to create a cardboard model of the Resort, that he then painted for us.

Later, we took this as a business card layout template.

Auf einigen Routen kann man tatsächlich wilde Elefantenherden sehen. Auf dieser Fahrt waren es etwa 30 Tiere( Leider keine Fotos mehr) Daher hier ein link online

 

On some routes you can actually see wild elephant herds.
(Sorry, no more photos) Here an herd of 30 animals online link.