During spring break 1988, I went with other students and parents and my German teacher to four German-speaking countries: Austria, West Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The following is part of a series of travel journal excerpts. Keep in mind: a teenager wrote this.

Here’s a stein like many we saw at tourist shops.

4/4/1988

It’s all over now. I’m at home, in my room — neither a hotel room nor even my little attic room in Switzerland, but home…