I have not always been in love with travel or with Germany. It is a passion that was developed through different circumstances in my life.
I wanted to start writing a blog about my adventures since around 2011. That was when we first moved from Germany to Kentucky.
Last year (2019!), I finally started writing.
Initially, I put down anything that came to mind with the idea of incorporating travel eventually.
I feel now I finally want to dive deep into all my travels, reminisce about all my past adventures, and eventually (when COVID 19 is finally over) start exploring the world again.
Travel as a kid
When did I start falling in love with travel?
Not as a kid.
I was utterly scared of leaving my hometown for an extended time when I was a child.
The most vivid memory I have is riding the bus with my parents and sisters from Germany to Spain overnight (yes, that was a thing in the 90ties!). I was crying in my dad’s lap because I thought we would never return home to Germany ever again. “What if the bus broke down on the way home? What if the travel company just left us in Spain and never picked us up again?” These were actual fears I had, and that’s how much I loved living in one place; in my little German village, I was growing up in.
I spend my whole childhood in that village named Koerperich, only going on summer vacation once a year either to Spain, Italy, Austria, or Bavaria, Germany.
My teen years
Everything changed for me when my parents decided to move away. We moved to Mehring, a village situated on the river Mosel, about an hour away from “home.” Yes, I know an hour is not a crazy distance away, but back in 1997, there were no cellphones or the internet. So, moving to Mehring meant a new school, new friends, and, most of all, a new hometown. A new life for a 14-year-old girl in the middle of puberty.
It was a painful time for me, and I can honestly say I have never in my whole life felt home in Mehring like I did in Koerperich. I made friends in school, but never in that village. For a girl that had such deep roots with the people from Koerperich, that was a hard and sad lesson to learn. I think one of the most painful lessons I have learned throughout my life so far.
On the other hand, not ever feeling home there, gave me the wings to move to so many other places in Germany and even in the US. It set me free.
I always look forward to returning to Mehring for the sake of seeing my parents, but I never have that feeling of butterflies in my stomach (that I had as a kid) when driving “home.”
All Grown Up
When I met my American husband back in 2006 as a 23-year old, my life would never be the same again.
I started out playing tourist guide for him and connecting him to a different culture. And at the same time, we both started traveling in Europe, and I got my first glimpse of life in America in December 2007.
We moved around Germany three times before eventually leaving Europe to return to my husband’s home state and country in 2011.
I fell in love with many places throughout Germany while moving from one town to the other. And now, I wholeheartedly believe I can make a home anywhere in the world. But after some time, my heart always gravitates back to Germany.
Additionally, I believe that the love I developed for Germany can only come from a person who has spent time apart. And I do not mean for a two-week vacation or a few months abroad, knowing you return at a specific date in the future.
No, the love I am talking about is being appreciative of what Germany is. Not only looking at the beautiful countryside or delicious food it has to offer, but to all; its democracy, its way of life, and the idea of looking out for the greater good of its people.
When I returned from living in Kentucky from 2011 until 2014, I saw Germany with completely different eyes than before leaving it.
This realization has never escaped me, and I am so very thankful I was able to get to this understanding quite early in my lifetime.
As you can see my love for travel and my home country Germany did not come from just sitting in one place my whole life. It came from life with its ups and downs and has turned me into the person I am today.