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It is a small world... this was just so funny that I need to share it!

Actually we are getting our last tasks done. One of them: Get some colombian pesos for the cab from the airport... 

For this reason we went to the Cologne Main Station, as there is a "Travel Bank", specialized on foreign currencies. Standing in line we discovered, that obviously madness rages also in a bank sometimes. 

On the right counter a big guy with blond greasy hair, a sweaty T-Shirt and a white cap was blurting into his phone in a mixture of english and something undefinable. He was really stressed, nobody knew why or could help because we all just understood the english scraps of the conversation. After 10 minutes of blurting and dialing different numbers, he stormed out. 

On left counter a business man wanted to do a foreign bank transfer and tried to make the employee understand for about 5 minutes, that the "y" in his name is just a middle name and nothing to worry about, whereas the employee tried to find out where to put the "y" in her form. It just didn't fit anywhere... 

And on the middle counter an asian couple, smiling nervously and visibly getting more and more uneasy by the mayhem around them, shoved a hell lot of money over the counter, struggeling for discretion. The line behind us grew longer. Then the big guy from the right counter stormed in again, a relieved smile plastered on his face, explaining the employee in two sentences what he wanted. Almost everyone exhaled, relieved as well.

It was our turn and we asked for colombian pesos. The lady behind the counter smiled to herself and explained that she would change only a small amount of money "for a cab and a coke" and would then use a local ATM machine. She asked where we would be going in Colombia (Cartagena) and then said, smiling broadly "I am from Cartagena, my family still lives there!  - Hey, you could take some Haribo for my kids!"

Needless to say that we chatted a bit more, that she changed our canadian 5 and 10 dollar bills into 50 dollar bills without batting an eye and that we said good-bye including best wishes and waving hands - Its a small world...

Who is writing here?

Hi, I am Manu. A year ago I decided that I need a break from the daily routine as a software engineer and quit my job. With my boyfriend I will travel the world for the next months. And I will share all the pictures, stories and whatever comes my way in this blog.

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