When I left New Orleans to come to Germany, I felt like perhaps I’d finally reached a point in my life when I would meet someone and fall in love again.
Turns out I was right. I found myself in a European love affair that not only allowed me to be myself, but also to shine, flourish, grow, prosper and fully embrace life. I fell in love with Germany.
Germany, I love you
Mine was a love that blossomed the more I learned about you, the more I realized how much we have in common. You don’t believe much in small talk, you let people go about their business, but like me, you seek real and meaningful connections. You want people to be on time, mean what they say, obey the law, and display good orderly conduct. We totally see eye to eye.
Living for you is about enjoying life, while being proficient and efficient at what you do. You strike a wonderful balance I needed in my life.
I couldn’t understand much of anything you had to say when you did speak to me, but I didn’t care…you gave me ample opportunities to spend quality time alone in nature.
Over time I witnessed how beautiful, special, and diverse you are. You opened my eyes to what you had to offer and the potential that existed in me. I loved exploring your cities, quaint villages with cobblestone streets, magnificent castles and the beauty of the Black Forest. You welcomed me to get to know your neighbors and explore a plethora of activities I’d always wanted to try out; kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting, hiking, climbing and so much more.
You said go for it, bike all you want, drive as fast as you want and be who you want to be!
People said you were going to be cloudy and wet, but I remember plenty of beautiful and wonderful spring, summer and fall days that made me want to just sit and bask in their perfection.
You threw some awesome Christmas and Easter Markets, Spring and Fall Fests and all kind of sporting events to allow me to get out and mingle.
I did not take advantage of the beers you had to offer, nor were your schnitzels for me, but I did grow to love your bratwurst.
They say when you know, you know – I know that I love you, and I already miss you very much. There is still so much I didn’t get to see, taste and experience – I hope I’ll be seeing you again soon!
How About You?
Have you ever had a love affair with a place you lived or visited? How did you maintain your love affair after you left? Feel free to comment below or contact Ann’s Adventure Tour Writer and Blogger here.