When I was studying in UAS Kaiserslautern campus Zweibrücken, I was too lazy to cook for myself and counted on the student restaurant for daily lunch and evening snack. Usually I ate a very heavy lunch and fetch a small salmon burger for dinner.
Before long, all employees in the student restaurant knew me. When I turned to the “take away” buffet and did not find any salmon burger, before I started to ask for it, someone would tell me “one moment please, we make a salmon burger for you!” They knew I like fish very much, often put a bigger piece of salmon slice into the burger that was reserved for me. Such kindness always made my day. Every noon was a happy hour for me, because the people in the student restaurant were always smiling and their friendly voices made me feel like home.
Most time of my last semester was spent outside the campus. I was working on the graduate thesis, only met my advisors once in a while. I ate at the student restaurant like always when I went back to Zweibrücken. I told the restaurant employees that I always missed their salmon burgers wherever I’d been, they said they missed me too. They were very interested in where I had been to and what my graduate project was about, I talked to them with the feeling of talking to my family.
The last day finally came. I gave in my IC card to the lady at cash desk. She realized it was my last visit and talked loudly to her colleagues at other desks: “She is leaving!” And everybody there said goodbye and good wishes to me. Suddenly I wanted to buy a last salmon burger from there, a lady made it for me quickly and said I may take one more paper bag for memory. My throat was sour, I could not say anything anymore. My tears came out and I ran away fast.
The paper bag is kept very well at my new home in Hildesheim. I remember everyone’s face and voice. Thank you so much, people in the student restaurant.