Freiburg and Final Days

Trip Start Aug 05, 2012
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Trip End Jan 11, 2013


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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Monday, January 7, 2013

Hallo everyone and a happy new year to you!

My exchange is now well and truly winding down; I only have one full day left in Germany and the next evening I fly out of Frankfurt- homeward bound!

The New Year has been good to me so far: no hangovers; plenty of merriment; a trip to Freiburg, and a lot of food!  As I mentioned before, I spent Silvester (New Years Eve) in Mannheim at Hannes' apartment with 18 or so people and it was a fantastic end to a fantastic year!  We started drinking on the train, wearing party hats and smiles and continued the festivities in the apartment. There was plenty of alcohol to share amongst ourselves (and the toilet) and even though my German is minimal at best, it didn't really matter at all.  Some of us did the traditional melting of metal figures to tell our futures- I'm afraid I lost mine before I worked out what the book was telling me- before heading into town with bottles galore to watch the fireworks at the water tower (the same place the Christmas market was).  They had clearly been going on for a long time when we got there at 11:30pm and continued a long time after we left around 1am.  Ringing in the New Year for the second time with two of my (non-blood) siblings was really special and now I'm even more excited to see my family back home!

The next few days were spent relaxing at home and hanging out, before Tina and I had a girls weekend at her university town, Freiburg.  We had all the stuff she wanted to take back to uni for the next few months and spent most of the 4.5 hours of train rides standing up because they were so full with students heading back to their own universities.  That night we went grocery shopping and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because neither of us was up for much more after our huge dinner and the long day.  The Saturday was spent shopping and doing a little sightseeing, but not a lot because it was so foggy.  It is a very beautiful city and I can see why lots of people go there in Summer.  Unfortunately I can't provide evidence of its beauty yet because I kinda forgot to bring my camera to town with us- sorry!  But on the bright side, I finished shopping for presents (FINALLY!) and got myself a wax seal press.  That night we had planned to go out for a cocktail or something after dinner, but Harry Potter fever took over and we watched a few more movies instead.  The next day we had a weisswurste (white sausage) and brezeln (the big bread pretzels) breakfast and our final farewell as I got on the train to head back to Mosbach.

Thankfully, I got the ICE (the fastest trains) and the now 3 hour journey was much more comfortable.  Hannes met me in Mannheim and caught the train back home, where we said goodbye to Anna-lena, who was heading to Konstanz a couple of hours later.  An hour at home to relax before going to Grizzly's farewell gathering in the afternoon (he is studying in Kansas this coming semester).  Afterward Hannes dropped me home and caught the train back to Mannheim, and I stayed up late talking about life, the universe and everything with Mutti und Vati until the wee hours.  Today I had a nice sleep in before lunch(/my breakfast) of goulash and then Regina and I went on a scenic walk to the next town over, Dallau, to have a coffee- it was a lovely way to spend 2.5 hours!  Tomorrow, Klaus will take me to the supermarket to stock up on Swiss chocolate and the like while Regina has her first afternoon back at work (his practice being next door is very handy!).  My goodness.. I'll have to pack tomorrow too- there is a lot of work to be done!  

Best be off to get some rest- I'll be getting up early to Skype with Imari after 4 whole days of not being able to talk!  Can't wait to see you all! Love love love xx
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