Fate Appreciates Irony

I’m going to tell you a story that may seem to ramble at first, but stick with me, it will all make sense in the end.

In the summer of 1985 I traveled to (what was then known as) West Germany with fifteen other teenagers on a five-week exchange student trip. We flew from Rochester, to New York JFK, then to Frankfurt and one final flight to Düsseldorf where we met our host families. […]