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Trip Start Aug 31, 2008
Trip End Dec 19, 2008

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Well, it is official, I am now home!

Finals finally ended and I packed up. It was very sad to watch the Hausmeister lock me out of my room in Vauban. I moved to Charlottenburger for a night with Steph and Zane and had a few sad goodbyes before leaving, myself. My luggage was unbelievably heavy. It was such a struggle.

My flight left Germany at 12:45 and we were suppose to have a 9 hour flight. However, the flight ended up lasting 11 hours due to strong head winds. Needless to say, I watched 4 movies on the flight to Philly. Many people missed flights because of the delay or due to bad weather in the NE. One of my friends was in that situation and ran to catch his flight but missed it. Customs was rough because the guy yelled at me for being blonde in my passport but now being brunette. Philly was a struggle, that is for sure. I was excited to get Saxbys coffee again and that is where I ran into my friend who missed his flight. Due to all of the cancellations and delays, I stood in line with him for 2 hours while waiting on my flight for him to reach customer service. He was still in line when I had to catch my flight. Then however, my flight was then delayed, then delayed again, then we had to switch gates, then we found out our crew was stuck in Rochestor and we had to have a new crew... then another delay. The best part... we were then told that 8 people would not be getting on the flight because we were overweight. Someone asked, "what about those of us traveling from Europe!?" That was my question. All of us flying home from overseas were allowed on the plane first. My flight was to be 3 hours but turned into 4. I finally landed at 12:30am, two hours later than I was originally to land.

Now, I am home and it feels great to be back! I miss Freiburg and my friends but I am so happy to be home. Plus, I will see them again in May, anyway. I am in the process of unpacking and doing about one million other things when all I want to do is relax. Hopefully I can breathe again soon! :) At least I am home... for a month.

America for Me

'Tif fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,
To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of teh kings,-
But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.

So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living there is no place like home.

I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled;
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled;
But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!

I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack:
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back.
But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free,-
We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.

Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
                                       -Henry Van Dyke
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