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It is with a heavy heart that I write this entry from the airport. I didn’t want to leave Europe, but my adventure has come to a close.
On our final day, we departed at 9:30 a.m. for Heidelburg, the oldest university town in Germany. It remained untouched in WWII, as it does not have any factories or militia. We arrived at 10:30, and headed for it’s castle straightaway. The castle itself was grand and imposing; unfortunately, we were not able to see all of the inside without purchasing a tour ticket. But, I did get to go into part of the castle to see the world’s largest wine cask! It was so huge, that about 10 people could stand on top of it.
Next, I visited a pharmacy museum, and saw how medical practices in Germany have evolved through the years. I loved seeing all the old bottles, and reproductions of doctor’s offices. After going through the museum, I decided to find the castle gardens. I followed the signs, but it seemed like a lot of the ground had been torn up for construction. Still, walking through the paths was very peaceful, and it wasn’t nearly as crowded as other parts of the castle. There were also ledges along the sides of the walls; you could step up and see the castle’s exploded “Powder Turret”, as well as the entirety of the town. I stopped at every ledge to see what the different angles had to offer. The last thing I did at the castle was go to the balcony, which is famous for it’s view. However, I actually preferred the view from the gardens!
Castle Exploration Pictures (Slideshow)
I still had some time left before meetup, so I decided to explore the rest of the town and find a place to have lunch. I was immediately drawn to the hustle and bustle of the market in the town square. I stopped at a fruit stand and bought a carton of fresh strawberries; I also bought a cinnamon sugar crepe from a stand.
When I finished eating, I walked further down the Main Street. I checked out a bookstore, but 99% of the books were in German. I also went to a gummy bear store, and bought so many flavors! Cappuccino, Prosecco, Coke & Rum, Strawberry Rhubarb, just to name a few.
It was getting close to the meetup time now, so I headed to the bus area. There was a souvenir shop near the buses, so I popped in quickly and bought a hand embroidered lavender-filled satchel. I can’t wait to put it in my dresser drawer when I go home!
The bus ride back to the hotel wasn’t eventful, but I was overwhelmed with the thought of having to go home the next day. I made up my mind that I’m going to save up, and come back to Europe as soon as I can.
When we got back to the hotel, there was a little bit of time for us to relax and get ready for the farewell dinner. It was hard to look forward to the dinner, as it really did signal the close of the trip. Still, the dinner was pretty tasty. And the dessert – apple strudel – was amazing!
After the dinner, it was time to pack and get ready for the flight back to the U.S. This will be my last entry… I can’t believe how quickly the last 9 days have gone by. This was such a life-changing experience, and I want to take another EF tour as soon as possible. I highly recommend checking out EF College Break to anybody who is wanting to travel abroad, but isn’t quite sure where to start. Thank you, for coming along on my journey!