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Published: October 16th 2011
For our last morning in Kassel Helmar and his daughter Rebecca went all out and had a massive breakfast spread for us (just to have us gain a few more pounds before we head back), the meats (olive wurst is the best!), breads, cheeses, and spreads were just magnificent and if I actually spent some real time in Germany I am sure I would be obese!
We had planned to get some things for friends and family and for me to get some bubble wrap for my giant bottle (the word for bubble wrap in German is about 75 letters long!)
After getting everything we got back to Helmar’s house and I had to figure out how to pack everything up so it could be airplane ready. This was going to be quite a feat since the last month I have been traveling by train so all my stuff just had to be kind of altogether. On more than one occasion I have had things stuffed and tied onto my backpack while train traveling. But now came the time for the engineering feat of getting it all to actually fit. Well . . . it just wasn’t going to.
Sooooo goodbye all clothes except the ones I was wearing, that’s right, it was the only way. I actually wouldn’t miss them since it’s all I have been wearing for the last 4 months, I was fairly tired of them and they had a good run. So all the clothes went out the window and then everything fit, I was going to have to take the bottle as a carry on and pray that I could get it through everywhere without having to undo the mountain of bubble wrap I encased it in.
We packed up and headed over to Mimi and Horst’s house (more of Derrick’s family) for a wonderful dinner, they were such fabulous hosts! It was a great way to say goodbye.
Soon we were at the train station saying goodbye to Helmar, it was difficult since he was a great host and treated me like family, I will miss my time in Kassel!
Reality hit real hard when I had to go to the bathroom at the train station and I was trying to get out 50 cents Euro and I was having trouble coming up with it. I was contemplating jumping the
turnstile but it was much too high. I finally found my 50 cents and paid to be able to use the restrooms! Just in time since our train was arriving soon.
We got on our train for Frankfurt and there was plenty of room so Derrick and I each got our own row of seats, it was a peaceful ride home and I was able to do a lot of reflecting. It was amazing to think I would be back in my country the next night.
We made it back to Frankfurt easily and since I had already been there I knew the drill and our Hostel was literally a 2 minute walk from the train station. We checked in and got online to confirm our flights, the thought that I was going home was still not quite sinking in. Maybe it would hit me in the morning, and with that thought I went to bed.
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