ast night there were fireworks in Heidelberg to celebrate the 625th birthday of the University of Heidelberg. 625. I remember us being really impressed that the Boston Common had been around since 1634. 1634 is only 377 years ago. Europeans look at Americans a little bit derisively because we're so stupidly, easily impressed by old stuff, but it's really just as simple as this. We don't have old stuff. An American who's never left the US has never seen old stuff. We used to get hyped up about anything older than 100 years even if it was nothing special, just by virtue of its oldness. Now if we look twice at something that age, it's not because it's old but for some other reason.
Anyway, the fireworks were actually pretty good - better than the usually thrice-summerly ones. There go your student fees, Uni-Heidelberg students. ;) I kid, I have no idea how they funded them, but they were nice. Sadly I have no photos, because I forgot to bring out my camera. Instead, you'll have to make do with this rainbow I saw from the S-Bahn to Mannheim on Tuesday evening (I now feel compelled to post every rainbow photo I take just out of habit):
We haven't had a musical interlude in a while, so let's have one of those too. .... Okay, never mind. What I wanted to post is not available in Germany. This problem has actually gotten even worse lately, if you can believe it. I know, I need to set up one of those browsing things where I pretend to be in the US. It's the principle man. I shouldn't have to because these rules are mind-crushingly dumb. #firstworldproblems