Devon on December 9th, 2008

The study abroad program is over. It officially ended on December 5th, but some of us stayed for one last weekend, leaving on December 8th. For my last weekend I hung out with Dominik and also saw the last 5 studio members that stayed. On Saturday December 6, the studio people all went over to Pam’s host family and had taco salads, to re-acclimate to “American food.” It was a nice relaxing evening.

On Sunday, I was at Dominik’s flat. We went bowling, watched some TV, played games, I got some of his recipes, and he burnt me some german music CDs, so on. I had to leave for the airport at 5:30 am, so we just stayed up all night; I slept on the plane. The trip back was over 21 hours of traveling; Cologne Airport, to Munich, to Philadelphia, to Houston. It was a long trip. The flights were not to bad, just some small turbulence over the ocean. We had just enough time between flights to re go though security at each airport. It all worked out well. In Philadelphia I got a philly cheese steak for dinner — when in Philly, right?

It was my first time coming back to the US after 9/11. Security is much tighter. It was also the first time I had to declare things. Long story; but I made it back into the country. Some small things I immediately am happy for: free drinking fountains, ice, free refills, free bathrooms, smiles, and English. It nice to be able to understand the conversations that are happening around you. Such a small thing, but really affects your personal space.

Well, now for my last words. Ich liebe Deutschland. I will miss everyone and everything I saw in Germany. I cannot express how much this trip has effected me. It is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. Auf Wiedersehen, Tsch&#252ss, und Bis bald!

Now I’m back in Texas, living at my mom’s until I move into my new place. I will write a massive post about that soon.

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