On the Impressions Baha'is Give: John-John Visits Heidelberg After Edinburgh and Thinks of His Future
Heidelberg was yet another great city that I spent far too little time in. I stayed with Andreas, a friend of the family, and got the chance to meet his wife and kids. Andreas talked to me at length about the mixed feelings of Germans about the rising national pride (due to their hosting of the World Cup); I had a good chat with Andreas' wife about Baha'i, having discovered that their guest room also served as a prayer room, with a portrait of Baha'u'llah and a copy of the Kitab-I-Aqdas on the bedside table; I played a little "game" of soccer/football with their 5-year-old, Connor, after numerous requests; and their 15-year-old son Jonas (who talks and acts like he's 25, it's uncanny) took me around town and attempted to teach me some proper German pronunciation.
Five years have seen my idealism shrink and cynicism rise, only to have my inner cynic once again overshadowed by his idealist counterpart. I quit my long-standing job at the radio station and took a break from school to work, applied to the University of Edinburgh, and decided to study religion rather than classics. ...
I've only barely begun to make something out of it, of course; a year of study in Edinburgh is hardly 'one giant leap for mankind.' But I have made a decision. For a long time now, I've been thinking, deliberating, and idly talking about joining the Peace Corps or a similar organization.