It was weird being back in Bremen. Certain benches, stores, corners, statues, buildings, bars, clubs – they all have memories from two years ago. It was overwhelming to be flooded back with all these memories of a joyous past time. Getting off at the Hauptbahnhof and walking outside – it was almost as if I never left. But then again, things are very different from when I was 18. I felt immediately comfortable and at home, proud that I still knew the city.
On Saturday, I met Diane at the Hauptbahnhof and we walked to where the group of sophomore Calvin students are staying. These are all the boys that I had in my German 101 conversation groups this past spring; I love them and they are a great group. We met up with Chris and Eric, two other Calvin seniors who have internships in Bremen. A group assembled and we went to grab a drink along the river. Diane and I went to see where Chris and Eric lived, grabbed some dinner, explored the city, went and got another drink along the river and headed to bed.
Our alarms were set for 6am for an early departure to Cuxhaven. Cuxhaven is a city on the North Sea known for its high and low tides, which produce really cool mud flats. It took us an hour and a half of walking to make it up to the mudflats. We went and played on them for a couple hours – walking about a half mile and the water getting no deeper than mid-calf. Plenty of men in speedos, crabs and cargo ships were seen.
The group was really fun, we had a good time; lots of laughs and good conversation. Solid weekend. Diane and I parted ways at the Bremen Hbf and realized that the next time we see each other will be in Venice!! It was really sad actually, I’m gonna miss that girl for the next 3 weeks.