Saturday, September 06, 2008


Wow! Time flies! The last few weeks have been busy and here it is time for me to say goodbye to Germany. It is with mixed feelings that I view my impending departure. On the one hand, I am glad to be going home. I have missed my family, friends and not to mention I will be happy to sleep in my own bed! On the other, I am really going to miss everyone here. It has been a great experience. I will miss the eis and gelato stores, the bakeries with the fresh bread, the public transit system, and the squares and pedestrian shopping areas. I think I will even miss the canteen! Okay, so maybe not the canteen, but definitely stopping for coffee after lunch in the canteen. But I will miss my German colleagues the most.

The last few weeks have passed by in a flash, culminating in my last day in the office. I should realize by now how fast time passes, yet when I first arrived, the time seemed to stretch out. And here I am about to leave. Dinner with Mandi at a Persian restaurant, a visit to a winery for a goodbye dinner, a trip to Cologne and another hike up the stairs of the cathedral, and a trip down the Rhine to visit a castle sums up the last week or so before leaving Bonn.

Leaving Bonn behind I travelled to Frankfurt for a couple of days before heading home. I arrived Thursday afternoon and walked around Frankfurt. Friday I visited Nürnberg, wandering around the old town and up to the castle. When I reached the castle, I was a bit short on time and so looked around a bit but did not go in. Seen one castle, seen them all! Ha! I bet you never thought I would say that! From there I visited the Nazi Documentation Center - a museum housed in the unfinished Congress Hall, a gigantic building that was to be used to hold Nazi Party gatherings. The construction was never finished. Saturday morning I visited Heidelberg, taking a funicular up to visit the castle ruins. I just love funiculars!! Mainly because I think the word is just so much fun to say. I walked through the old town before heading back to Frankfurt to meet up with an ex co-worker for coffee.

And now I'm procrastinating before packing everything up. Sound familiar? I tend to procrastinate before packing a lot! :)

And as a funny P.S. I was mentioning to someone that for as clumsy as I can be I hadn't really spilled anything. And then at the winery I spilled a glass of wine and then in Nürnberg I decided to get a cappuccino after lunch and completely spilled it all over. And when I say all over, I mean all over! I tried to clean it up and the waitress was quick to come over and help. So much for not spilling!

1 comment:

Stacy O said...

I'm sorry to hear your big trip is coming to a close, but so happy to have you close by again, even if we don't see each other often. It's just nice knowing you are safe and sound. :) Have a great flight!