So we have been to the states and back. It was a quick trip with not much time to do much of anything. The reason for the visit was to take part in the sentencing hearing. Mandie gave an excellent statement, and now the case and all that malarkey is now officially over! Mr. Smith was sentenced to 59 years of jail time, which means he will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Here is a news article and video that describes some details of the story.
We did not take many pictures, so I'm afraid all I have for you is a boring one of me in the hotel room. We did make it to a Mexican restaurant before we left. You will never realize how much you miss Mexican food till you move to a different continent.
I was at a birthday party last night and discovered that my school made a promotional video, and I show up in it twice with my scruffy winter-time beard. It was shot several months ago and they just finished their post production. You can find it here on youtube.
Today I picked up several books after making arrangements with a guy who decided he wanted to get rid of them. Among the assortment are airplane books, German mysteries, a stack of boring trash novels, the history of Prussia, German quiz questions, coffee table books: one of Europe, and one of volcanoes!, and a variety of language books. The volcano book has really awesome pictures, mostly of fire and destruction, but also maps of volcanoes around the world.