Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.
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12 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Sunset on Heidelberg’s Hauptstrasse”
Stunning shots! :-)
Many thanks, Carole. Ah, that’s the street where we used to live in a 5th floor apartment. 87 stairs to contend with, but it had a great view! I miss the neighborhood so, but am pleased now that I snapped so many photos of that special spot.
Still think about strolling down the Hauptstrasse just watching people….
Did you live in Heidelberg too? I spent 10 wonderful years there, not far from where I snapped this image.
Yes, I studied languages at a private language institute and then worked for the US Army for a few yrs as a glorified secretary/translator before moving to the US.
Translating is not easy. I’ve only done informal translations when my parents and French friends get together, and my brain got an incredible workout. What languages did you study?
English, French, Spanish (had Latin in high school)
Impressive! Did you find that the foundation in Latin helped you with French & Spanish?
Yes, absolutely. However, other languages that are not based on Latin seem much more difficult. I tried learning Balinese last year and it was so hard (maybe I am just getting old?) because I could not anchor the words or even detect a word stem….
Balinese – that’s impressive! Had you spent time in Bali, or what prompted you to study it? We were there for three weeks in 2011, and now I can only remember thank you, or ‘matur suksma.’ It’s fascinating how language families developed.
I participated in a writer’s retreat and tagged on some solo time. Spent time in Candidasa in the SE, Ubud and Munduk in the North. My Bali travel memoir (still continuing) is unfolding under “Travel” and “Three Weeks in Bali”, if interested. Where were you in Bali?
Bali seems as though it would be a wonderful place for such a retreat. We spent one week in Jimbaran, and two in Ubud. If I close my eyes and imagine, I can still here the nocturnal symphony of the crickets and other insects. Such a beautiful island, I can see why it’s inspired you to write your memoirs as you are.