The Journey Home: The Final Countdown
The time for the family to leave Germany is coming fast. It seems when time is short everything happens at once. Friends want to hang out with you, there are things that “must” be completed, and then you’re living out of suitcases.
The movers came and took the last of our things. Everything we have left must either fit in our suitcases or be given away. I was a lost, because I had to give my comfy blanket up in the middle of German Fall (which can be very cold). Luckily, my neighbor next door took pity on me and gave me some warm blankets to console myself in.
The weekend before I partied with friends and took plenty of photos.I drove up to Heidelberg one last time to see my son, who is staying on in Germany to attend school, and visit the castle there. As I drive through the countryside I spy many places and things I never knew were there after five years of living in Germany. Now the fields and building stand in stark contrast, with my own memories and the new images combined.
I will definitely miss the relaxing drives through Bavaria, and the forests that remind me of Hansel and Gretel. I will miss the freedom of walking or biking everywhere-without worry of criminal acts waiting in the shadows. I will miss the lazy Sundays, which mean everything is closed, except for restaurants and gas stations. This means no excuses for not hanging with your family for Sunday Dinner.
The friends I have made here will be sorely missed. These friends took the time to help my family and I mesh into the German culture. We learned how to really party at a fest, enjoy a German meal, and learn a new language. We still have some time before we board the plane back to the other side of the world. Until then, I am going to make the most of my days I have left to enjoy in Germany. So for now, Auf Wiedersehen.
- The Journey Home: Culture Shock (brouhaha-access.com)
- The Journey Home: The Trip To University (brouhaha-access.com)
- Moving to Germany – 10 things you need to know (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- How Germany’s south became the backbone of a vibrant economy (guardian.co.uk)