Trip Start May 30, 2012
83Trip End Nov 07, 2012
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When we got to Heidelberg, we were greeted by Chris and he drove us to his house. Chris is a fellow football player, and ironically, the only one we have stayed with in Europe so far
Our one full day in Heidelberg was spent mainly in the old town. The Heidelberg castle was very interesting because no one bothered to fix it up after it was damaged back in the day. Because of this, it still looks authentic. Heidelberg is positioned in a valley with steep hills full of dense forests on either side of it, and the river in the middle. On one side is the castle, and on the other is the University and the Philosophenweg (the Philosopher's Walk). The Heidelberg university is supposed to be the oldest in Germany. Philosophers and professors were said to have walked the path from the university along the hillside, and that's why it's called the Philosophenweg. It gives a great view of the castle, the old stone bridge made in 1786, and the old town on the otherside of the river. We also headed into the new town part of Heidelberg a bit to see a building called the Tiefberg made in the early 1900s, but looks like it was made way before that. It had modern looking buildings all around, and because of that, not too many people know about it.
In the evening, we enjoyed playing games with Chris. We played a game called Ubongo, where you had to be the first to make certain shapes with tetris pieces. Later Chris and I played some good 'ol N64 Mario Kart. Chris has the mini-turbos down pat, and I am afraid to say he kicked my butt! I did win a couple times though. We very much enjoyed our stay with Chris in Heidelberg. We were also getting used to Germany, but now we get to leave for a new country...France!!