In the afternoon we walked around to take in the various sights for the last time. Along the way was a bit of shopping and then back to the hotel to pack. Our final meeting, debrief and reflection took place from 5-7pm and then it was our last dinner in Berlin. Back to the hotel for last minute packing and then to bed for a solid 3.5 hours of sleep. The taxi left the hotel at 3:30am and my flight for Amsterdam took off at 6am. A two hour wait in Amsterdam for my 10 hour flight to Seattle. I arrived in the customs area to find that my luggage was not there... grrrh. After a 45 minute search, they tracked the bag and said it was on its way to my flight to Victoria. The Customs agent was not pleased but let me through. When I arrived in Victoria, you guessed it - no luggage. Another report - now being made with a verrry fuzzy head as I had been up for over 24 hours at that point. Apparently the suitcase was still in Seattle! As I write this on Monday, July 18, I still do not have my luggage - supposedly it will be delivered sometime today or tomorrow. Not holding my breath.
Overall this was an amazing opportunity and I will be working on lessons and activities to incorporate into my repertoire. A special thank you to Jenny Windell our group leader from the Transatlantic Outreach Program in Washington, DC. She was fantastic at keeping things organized and made every effort to provide for our needs.
Thank you to the public/private sponsors of the TOP program who made all of this possible: Federal Government of Germany Foreign Office, Goethe Institut, Deutsche Bank, Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation), and Siemens.