Das Ende

Note: All pictures on this week’s blog are from a hiking trip which I took with a friend to the top of a nearby mountain called Heiligenberg.

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The Alte Brücke (foreground, center) leading toward Heiliggeistkirche

Well, this term truly flew by in the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was learning the ropes of the blog, juggling an intensive language class with this online course, dealing with a language barrier, and trying to fulfill my desire for travel and the gaining of new experiences. I found my stride somewhere along the way, and while never truly mastering the blog, I am extremely proud of the finished project. This was a work of passion for me, scratching my travel, writing, and photography itches all at once. I ended the last blog post with a Q&A and a massive thank you for coming along on this journey with me. Long story short, I could not have done it without your support, and am very pleased that you enjoyed coming along for the ride as much as I loved providing the ride itself.

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Schloss Heidelberg (upper left) and Heiliggeistkirche (bottom right)

I am very happy that we were able to connect briefly on Google Hangout, despite the technical glitches which plagued us. It was great to see and hear from you all, finally putting faces to the names. Frau Morgan has done an excellent job teaching you the fundamentals of the German language, and I highly encourage each of you to look into study abroad options. I know that several of you are making plans to travel to Germany soon. I will respond to you via email as soon as I get the chance, and let you know some of the many wonderful areas to visit in the regions of Baden-Württemmberg and Bavaria. You’re going to have a blast!

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West Heidelberg as seen from Heiligenberg

I made and uploaded several YouTube videos for your viewing pleasure:

-A typical walk on Hauptstraße in Heidelberg

-View from the Heidelberg Castle wall + more

-Views from Heiligenberg (Mountain in Heidelberg)

-Interior of CityHub Amsterdam at night

-The North Atlantic Ocean at Vik, Iceland

-Climbing on a breakwater in Southern Iceland

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An old Nazi Amphitheater near the top of Heiligenberg

I hope that these videos are entertaining and engaging! I did want to capture some timelapse footage while in Amsterdam, but was unfortunately unable to do so. These will have to suffice for now! I want wish you all the very best of summers after classes let out, and want to encourage you all to continue practicing your German! It will leave you quicker than you could imagine without repetition. I have a little under two months to continue studying here in Heidelberg, and then I will be coming back to the U.S. and hopefully finishing the search for a teaching job by landing one (I applied before leaving for Germany). Until the next time we meet (hopefully in person), I want to thank you again. You were all wonderful companions for a young traveler to carry along for the rides through Europe. Vielen dank, meine Fruende.

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Near the top of the Amphitheater
Auf Wiedersehen!

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