Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Where I stayed
Mom's & Dad's
I spend a few hectic days going back ad forth between my dad's home town Heidelberg and my mom's home town, where I mostly grew up, Pforzheim. While Heidelberg is a beautiful city and Pforzheim has brushed up quite a bit as well, the purpose of this trip was of course not touristic
- My dad had picked up a book for me that I urge anyone to read that supports, questions, admires or doubts my travel adventures or has ever had ambitions, dreams and phantasies to embark on a longer trip themselves. Thanks to Kelly for suggesting Rolf Pott's Vagabonding. What an amazing bible for anyone that ever had the itch to travel for a little longer than three weeks at a time. Thanks Kelly for suggesting it. Und Danke Tata fuer's Besorgen :) No matter how distant the possibility of traveling might seem to you, if your idea of it goes beyond a resort vacation, you MUST READ this book.
- (Some) house rules at my mom's:
* If you eat a yogurt, don't rip off the lid. The empty container including lid goes in the dishwasher, so it won't stink up the garbage.
* If you take something, it goes back in its place after. That goes for the phone as well as the laptop or anything else.
* For any room that you are not inside of: Lights out; heater off; all devices (TV, Computer, etc...) completely off, not just on stand-by; shopping bags and/or boxes in tow, so you don't need to get plastic bags
- Amazingly, the ladies I spent my first time in Canada with manage to all get together, despite hectic schedules, short notice, new borns and husbands to be worked around. It is our 10 year anniversary, which makes it all the more exciting. I am happy they all drive to my home town from different cities as far as a couple of hours away. Upon my thanking them for coming all the way to Pforzheim, one of them sais "You've come so much farther". :) Feeling blessed to have friends like this.
- Taking a walk in the city park for the first time EVER. Wearing shoes and clothes I have not worn in about 15 years. Catching up with one of my best friends Erika, making the blisters those shoes gave me all worth it.
- My mom and grandparents being paranoid about so many things. Bolting the door during bright daylight (apparently for a reason - a neighbourhood daytime burglary happened just a week prior), questioning my trust in acquaintances and friends, to give some examples
Things I don't miss:
- Everything being unneccessarily complicated
- Constant complaints / glass half empty mentality of too many people. Even if they don't mean it, it's the only way the average German seems to know how to express themselves.
- Needing to time your shopping needs to the narrow store hours
Things I do miss:
- Easy and reasonably priced access to quality bread, yogurt, meats and cheese
- 30ish vacation days per year as a basic standard, proximity to other countries plus discount airlines (the latter actually didn't really exist when I moved away, so doesn't truely belong on this list).
- Making my family be comfortable about my whereabouts
- Paying restaurant and bar bills separately without hassle or calculations
My next stop is Beirut and from here on I won't be traveling solo anymore, at least for the most part. My friend of 25 or so years, Manu will join moving forward. And because good things come in three, starting in December, Shaista will also join for about a month and a half.
Stoked to hit the road again :)
P.S. I meant to load some photos of folks and friends as well, but am keeping it to 'sights' only due to computer accessibility challenges.