The Journey Home: The Trip To University


In my last post I laid out my emotions on having to move back to the US. Of course, there are always more things to do to get ready for the big move. One mission we had to get done was to get my oldest son Nick settled into university. Sounds easy right? Well, our family never does easy.

We left late in the day for our three-hour trip to Heidelberg, Germany. It was the road trip I never got to take when I was younger. Now, I was taking the trip with my two sons Nick and Joey. It was a happy and sad day because the rest of the family would be heading to Texas and Nick would be staying on in Germany to attend school at Schiller International University. How fast time has flown. I still imagined him the little boy wo loved to make things out of anything he could find. He looks so much like his dad, but he acts so much like me. He reminds me of the young idealist I was his age.

English: Heidelberg Castel and Bridge, Germany.

English: Heidelberg Castle and Bridge, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heidelberg is a large city north of Bavaria. Needless to say, even with the GPS we got lost among the streets and   homes. We roamed the city looking for the school which had moved to another place. The old building was in an influential and quaint neighborhood. Like most buildings in Germany this building was old and reminded us of Hogwarts. We traveled back and forth across the bridge that took us over the River Rhine. The setting was picturesque, but we were on a time line for school registration. Ahhhh.

We finally found the school, but it was closing time and of course had to come back the next day, which meant staying the night in Heidelberg. So we made the best of it, the boys and I headed to the Orchid Royal Thai restaurant. We had spotted it during our lost hours and hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast. It was so wonderful and made me look forward to seeing my mom and eating her Thai cooking.

The next day was long and Nick was able to snag the last room in the old dorm across the city where the old school was located. This was it! Nick got his apartment keys, met some of  the other students, and we were saying our good-byes. As I drove away I looked in the rear view mirror and watched as Nick became smaller and smaller. It wasn’t good-bye forever, but it was good-bye to an old chapter in life for our whole family.

Nick- “Mom, this is a new chapter in my life.”

Me- “Yes it is…yes it is Nick.”

Companionable silence…

Our last dinner was spent here. The place was great on food and ambiance.

Image of Heidelberg from Castle

Image of Heidelberg from Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the new building for Schiller International University


3 Comments on “The Journey Home: The Trip To University

  1. Pingback: The Journey Home: The Final Countdown « brouhaha-access

  2. As a restless soul, I always find moving on exciting. I know I will miss the old place, but I also know that it will be swamped by the new one. But leaving your son behind would be a wrench I know. The fact that you can, speaks volumes for the way you brought them up to be confident and independent, so that they can make their way through their coming life and surrounding world. Well done. It is now up to him. Trust him. I am sure that with world communications as they are now you will only be a Video Call away.
    I have asked you before – what WordPress Theme is this blog of yours – it is really wonderful. And you are so skilled with the way you have set it up. I still blunder around, doing the best I can as I gradually learn little things about it day by day. 🙂 And I really do appreciate your comments on my blogs too. I wish a few more people, who look at the Troubleshooting blogs, would let me know if my info helped them. S i g h …

    • Thanks for the reassurance. I know Nick will do well. I will miss him as we both have the love of cooking and would sometimes do it together. He has already chatted with me on FB and actually started the conversation! So this makes me feel good knowing that we will not lose touch.

      As for my theme here- the name is Selecta. It is a free theme and you can customize it to your liking. Believe me, it took me awhile to get the perfect look. lol I think this is my third theme. Do you have the WP upgrade? It let’s you customize your site. I could try to help maybe we could do on a video chat.

      Also, thanks for replying to my blogs too. I know people read them because I see the stats. But what I want to know is what people think about them or what thoughts the blog has stirred up in them.

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