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June 01, 2012

So Darmstadt, I just wanted to say so long and thanks for all the fish. Hopefully, the memories you have left me with will help fill the vacuum that has been created in my heart. Ah, as I reflect back on our time together, it seems like it all started just the other day. Remember that fun mobile phone catch 22 in the Frankfurt airport where neither of my phones would work (even with  a German based sim card) and the plan B communication tactic to use an internet connection didn’t work because the system text messages the password? Oh how nice Fatih was to wait at the bus station for over an hour because he did not know the plane was delayed due to Biden tromping around the Charlotte airport in his Air Force 2.

But hey, that didn’t slow us down as you welcomed me with Schlobgrabenfest2012. How did you put it?

“Hesse's largest music festival with loads up to 400 000 annually enthusiastic fans you again in 2012 on the last weekend in May from 24.5.-27.5. in the middle of the Darmstadt City a. This time of Pentecost. More than 100 musical acts on four stages and culinary delights from all over the world - all with free admission!

Experience a musical program with a colorful mix of almost all styles of music, full of new musical talent as well as pearls and established bands in the national and international music scene, which combines the entire artistic diversity in Darmstadt and it offers something for everyone. Look forward to a grave castle festival, which is more strongly basic idea of ​​the festival in the heart: A feast for all! For all generations, cultures and nations, which invites you to stroll and nibble. A festival that promotes bands and discover!At over 150 mobile stations restaurant you lock the grave next to the festival offers 100 concerts with free admission, delicious cuisine from around the world. Speaking of culinary delights. France, land of haute cuisine, this year is the inspiration for the annual country music changing musical focus. About 10% of this year's program are therefore related to our French friends.”

Wow Darmstadt, you went too far with this welcome. I mean, cover bands singing my favorites in German or French? What a surreal thing to experience whilst I was sleep deprived. Oh, and let’s not forget all the food. It might be possible that I need dental work due to all the chewing I did on an amazing culinary adventure. It was so good that it caused a series of food dreams that woke me up in the middle of the night chewing air and wishing I had that wonderful German pastry. Mmmm, I can taste it now.

Oooh, I almost forgot. Remember when I was locked out of the place I am staying at because my passcode was changed without my knowledge (ok, so she might have mentioned something but you know I am not all that good with German). Ahhh, like it was last night. 928904 entered - beep - denied. 928904 - denied. 904928 - denied. Grrr, late nights in the lab mean no help to be found without waking someone up. Hmmm, just for fun 8675309. Nope. Ok, time to check the number in my bag. Oh my, Darmstadt. You shouldn’t have. You wrote the new number on my receipt and put it in my bag. How will I ever repay you for such a thing?

Oh Darmstadt, I miss you. So much so that I am going to start a memoir of our times together. Yes Darmstadt, I make this pledge to you. “I hereby promise to write something about our time together at least once a week”. Please join my thoughts and memories and help me experience these amazing moments together as if they were happening for the first time.

Yours in heart and spirit


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