I talked to a whole bunch of people and danced to some really good music. Some people I spoke to embraced the silliness of Halloween, while others were definitely annoyed by it - it was interesting to hear everyone's opinions. I spoke to an eighteen year guy who had the most derision for it. "They all say, 'oh, it comes from America so it must be good', but it's stupid and it doesn't belong here," he told me, and I could see his point.
I stayed out until 2am and then took a cab home. The cab driver was the same guy as who had driven me to The Cave on the first night of my vacation, which was funny and we laughed when we recognized each other.
Woke up around 9:30 and had the awesome hotel breakfast -- cold cuts, cheese, hard rolls, fruit, cereal, yogurt. Then I set out walking and finally discovered the old city area, and it completely changed my opinion of this town. I had a great time browsing the shops, and did some early christmas shopping. Had cake and tea at Wiener's in the afternoon (unglaublich), and then for dinner went to Feuer & Flamme where I had a salad and flammkuchen. I had never had flammkuchen before, and it was really interesting. Kind of like a thin crust pizza but with sour cream and a sprinkling of onion and bacon instead of tomato sauce and cheese. Not bad, but I wish I had seen all the recommendations people wrote to me regarding restaurants here because I really would have preferred something more meat-cabbage-and-potato-y for my last dinner of the vacation.
Tomorrow I fly back to the States bright and early. The flight leaves at 10:20am, so I will aim to be there by 8. I'm not really looking forward to a long trans-atlantic flight, but I am looking forward to giving O a big kiss and relaxing in my own home. And a change of clothes would be nice. I've been wearing the same damn thing for two weeks and I can't stand it anymore!
My ankles hurt, and the arches of my feet feel a little messed up, like they're tight or something. I've done an unbelievable amount of walking in the past two weeks (over ten miles every single day, and much more than that on some days) and I hope I my toes/ankles/arches heal up quickly.
I have had SO much fun on this vacation. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come out and meet me, it was so great to meet you all, and those of you I didn't get a chance to meet this time, we'll have to hang out next time I come through town!