I can’t believe this time is finally here. Chuck is totally done as of Wednesday about noon–all finals given, graded, and grades in. He hardly knows what to do with himself. He went over to clean out his office this morning and to have lunch with some faculty friends and then he was going downtown to get some Euros for our trip which begins this evening.
Before leaving though, late this afternoon we will have the faculty recognition and farewell party and then, immediately following, Chayah’s 4th birthday party. Rachel, with her usual skill at such things, has decorated their apartment with butterflies and little girls attending will make butterfly mobiles.
After the festivities, John will drive us to the ferry port and we’ll be on our way to Kiel, Germany. After two weeks of taking photos, I hope to have to wrap up our blog with a couple of posts on our trip before taking off for home on the 18th.
My worst fears have come to pass–they want Chuck to come back. Although I’ve had a good time here, I am not thrilled at the prospect of returning. Perhaps after being home for awhile I’ll change my mind but another cold, wet, windy winter does not look so appealing right now.
As you may remember, last weekend we were blessed with a visit from Fr. Frank and Hope from Orangeburg. The weather was, surprisingly, very good while they were here and I think they had an enjoyable time exploring Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit and trying some local cuisine.
The weather has improved significantly but we still have a few chilly, windy days. Despite that, we are just done-viskas!-with the big coats so the three generations of Milliken ladies decided to pose in our “Eskimo” coats before putting them away.
We had a cute visitor a couple of nights ago when a fellow faculty member caught a hedgehog and brought him in for us to see. I was thrilled as I had never seen a hedgehog before. He was pretty shy and not at all aggressive. He was safely returned to the place where he was found.
One of the few remaining things on my bucket list was to walk down to the campus of the Klaipeda University which is not far and take some pictures of their really great neo-gothic buildings. This group of buildings, given to the university once the Russians had gone, once housed the Prussian Army and later Germans and then Russians. The complex makes for a lovely college campus.
I planned to add more to this post but suddenly I am unable to upload any additional pictures. We’ll see if it works when we return but for now–we’re off to Germany.
Viso Garo and Auf Weidersein,