First off: BIGGEST REGRET: but now this is an EASY FIX! I took a crummy little Kodak camera with me, and as a result I have VERY VERY LIMITED PHOTOS of the FRIENDS and PEOPLE in my student life in Heidelberg. But I have probably more than 20 pictures of the Heidelberg Castle from every darn angle . This is a hard and sad lesson to learn. There were dorm-mates that I loved and saw every day - and I have not one single picture of MANY of them. Oh this makes me sad even now to think of it...
Second Biggest Regret: I ignored the practically FREE (I mean dirt cheap) subsidized trips to out-of-town places hosted by the University of HD - and why? Because there was some girl I didn't like who always went on them, and I had to be COOL or something, and so IGNORED THESE TRIPS because I was STUPID! Finally, a group of friends pulled me into a wonderful week in Berlin, and then it was time to go home - aaack.
Third biggest regret: Heidelberg was a hotbed of sharp political activity, Baader/Meinhof was active then, and many protests were being violently dispersed by the police using water cannones, etc. And one day, in March 1978, police threw out by force the student-squatters living in a 250-year-old baroque army caserne down deep near the Uni. I wish I would have seen that, just for the spectacle, but we had been warned by Cal State International Programs to stay away, so I did.
Fourth: And this isn't really a regret, but just a fact: I missed out on, you know, regular American college life, the sororities, ball games, etc. German University Life has nothing like this, just some dueling fraternities, for the boys, but no sororities for the girls.
But my complaint about how few pics of FRIENDS I TOOK? This cut is the deepest.