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This trip was like a family reunion for us. We are a couple living in India in our early 50's, with our kids in the USA. Daughter is working on the West Coast in San Jose, and son was graduating in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware. We decided to attend our son's graduation in Newark,DE and for us to then fly down to California (with our son), to spend a few weeks holidaying with our daughter. The four of us were going to be together after 4 long years, and we were quite excited.

Thursday, May 27th :
We took an early morning Lufthansa flight from Mumbai, reaching Frankfurt at 8am local time. After a long and boring layover of 6 hours at Frankfurt airport, we boarded our onward Lufthansa flight to Philadelphia. Had comfortable seats on both flights, and reached Philadelphia at 4:30pm local time. Our son was there to meet us at the airport. We rented a car from Hertz, and drove to Newark,DE. We were tired and jet-lagged. So we just stopped at a food court in a shopping mall, had some quick dinner, went to our hotel at Homestead Studio Suites and crashed out.

Friday, May 28th :
Got up very early, due to the jet lag. Our son drove over at 8:15am and picked us up. We went to Main Street, which is a very nice "touristy" university town street, lined with restaurants. Stopped at Newark Bagels & Deli for a wonderful breakfast of bagels and omelets. Then visited the house where our son had been living for the last two years. Thereafter we visited some members of his department faculty and staff whom we knew personally. Lunched again on Main Street at Iron Hill Brewery, one of our favorites from an earlier trip. Feasted on Pizzas, Hummus and excellent Smoked Porter beer.

Later in the afternoon we went shopping at some nearby malls. Then packed some takeaway food, got dropped at our hotel, and our son departed to finish his packing and winding up.

Saturday, May 29th :
Got up early again. This was our son's graduation day. He arrived before 7am to pick us up. We first stopped at an old fashioned diner on Main Street for breakfast (lovely waffles !), and then proceeded to the University Stadium for the morning ceremonies. It was wonderful seeing our son in his gown and graduation cap. It was a nice function, well conducted, and crisp. Nice weather, and we had a good time.

The morning function was over by 11 am. Again went to Main Street and had coffee at a popular cafe called Brew-haha . Then joined some faculty member friends of the university for lunch at a nice place which was away from the main campus. Had veg-wraps, ravioli, and various assorted stuff, and bid good-bye to our friends.

There was another round of ceremonies in the afternoon, at the basketball stadium, confined to graduates of the School of Engineering. Again a well conducted function. Met with a lot of the close friends of our son, and some more faculty members. Finally, it was all over. We had a special dinner with our son at "Gelato's", a nice Italian restaurant on Main Street. Then returned to the hotel. Our son finished his packing, and joined us. We tasted some wonderful beer that our son had been brewing the last few weeks privately ! Finally, went to bed late, getting up very early thereafter, as we had an early morning flight to catch for San Francisco.

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