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Well, this is the last blog from me from Tübingen, Germany. In a few days, I should be on a flight back to Canada. I am truly grateful for the hospitality of all faculty members, staff, and students of the Institut für Sportwissenschaft at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Ansgar Thiel, Monika Raetz, Ursula Sorusch, Verena Burk, Marcel Farhner, Jochen Mayer, Klaus Seiberth, Enrico Michelini, Kim-Kristin Gerbing, and Anke Goriss, to name a few, have all been instrumental in making my stay here wunderbar!!! The whole team at the Institute treated me like the Queen of Canada – they even gave me the crown surrounded with numerous jewels to mark the end of my stay. I will definitely miss the royal treatment. Danke schön! Danke schön! Danke schön!
On another topic, I never realized until about three weeks ago how big Christmas is in Germany! Several cities and towns have wonderful Christmas markets with many different crafts, Christmas decorations, and specialty foods for sale. Of course, there is also the famous glühwein (hot wine with spices) that warms your hands and your heart on a cold winter day. I visited several Christmas markets during the Advent: Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Munich, Tübingen, Esslingen, and Strasbourg (France). It was a great opportunity to travel and visit different places. In all markets, there were hundreds/thousands of people enjoying the atmosphere and the well decorated town squares. It was very impressive! Speaking of Christmas, several students, staff, and faculty members have left in the last two days or are about to leave to join their family. For Germans, Holy Night (i.e., Christmas Eve) is the most important time for their Christmas celebration! 
As you can expect, classes for me are winding down. I had my last class for the Globalization of Sport yesterday. Tomorrow evening is my last class for Change and Innovation in Sport Organizations. Even though classes are over, there are still assignments for students to submit and assignments for me to mark. On Friday morning, Verena will drive me to the Stuttgart airport assuming that air travel is back to normal after some major delays and cancellations over the last few days in Europe because of severe winter weather!
Once again to my colleagues in Tübingen, Danke schön!