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Published: October 8th 2008
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Another side of the city, not seen in my other Heidelberg blogs. This horse sculpture and building are across from the train station (Hauptbahnhof).
My final days in this beautiful country are filled with packing and errands, cleaning and shipping and selling vehicles, taking the cat to the vet, packing some more, cleaning the house and cleaning it again... nothing spectacularly interesting, except that I can't help stealing a few moments here and there to revisit some favorite places and take some photographs to ensure my memories stay clear.
I'll miss the scenery, the mountains and forests, the winding rivers. I'll miss the architecture, the endless castles and castle ruins lining the hilltops, and the skillful mix of the very old and the very modern. The little towns you could spend all day walking about, enjoying shops and coffee. I'll miss the Autobahns, the way the Germans drive on the right, pass of the left, and get out of your way if you're going faster than them, and also the ability to drive fast to conserve expensive gasoline. I'll miss the food. The schnitzel, the beer, the wine - the LOCAL beers and wines - the cafes on every corner, the chocolates, the pastries, the salami, the quark. I'll miss all the Thai restaurants and I'll REALLY miss all the Italian restaurants and their
Train Station Dude
Statue at the train station. We love this guy.
pizzas and pastas and wines. I'll miss the leisurely pace of Germany and the expectancy that you'll sit at a restaurant table for as long as you like, eating and drinking and socializing, until you're all good and ready to leave.
And for everything I'll miss and find myself yearning for in the near future, there was a part of me that was, actually, good and ready to leave. It was time. Time for me to return to a familiar environment where I could get the dishes I was craving from the restaurants I grew up with and where I could shop at the stores that carried all the products of groceries, furniture, and clothes that I had come to love over many years. Time for me to start paying for everything in U.S. Dollars again instead of the pricey Euro. Time for me to be closer to family (relatively, anyway) and to be able to call people in the same time zone and for a much cheaper rate. Time for us to be in a place where we can move on with our lives.
This blog contains photos of some of my favorite things about Heidelberg, some
The last time our two cars were together, just before we shipped my 328 and we sold his 325 with the wonderful M engine. Sigh. It's always sad to say goodbye.
of the things I’ll really miss, and some of the things that were just there every day, a familiar part of life. Auf Wiedersehen for now, Heidelberg. Perhaps we’ll meet again in the future.
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