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The boy who fell in love with the Cologne cathedral

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Many years ago, I traveled to Marburg, Germany, for a month-long course in German. The group included several adults, mostly American teachers of German and teenagers. We took several excursions, one of which was to Köln/Cologne, where we visited the cathedral.

One of the boys was a big macho sixteen-year-old from California, a tennis player, not a kid you'd expect to be unduly interested in Gothic architecture. But this kid was stunned. He had of course never seen anything like the Kölner Dom in California, and he fell in love with it. There and then he decided to figure out a way to spend one of his high school years in Germany.

It seemed so unlikely. But I know that he arranged with one of those organizations (AFS, maybe) to spend a year in Germany.

I've always remembered this boy and wondered what he did with his life.

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