It’s hard to believe that this week marks my sixth Germanniversary. Six years is the exact same amount of time that I lived in New York. It broke my heart to leave the city behind, but I was really ready for new adventures. It feels like a lifetime ago that I arrived in Bonn, before eventually making my way to Hamburg. I couldn’t have imagined how attached I would grow to this country. For all of my foreignness — some of which I resolutely refuse to give up — I feel at home here. My cultural boundaries have blurred and my frame of reference has shifted significantly. Days can go by without ever speaking or hearing a word of my native language. And I realize how much my life has changed in just a few short years. Even so, I will still be cheering for the US during tomorrow’s game against Germany — crossing my fingers and pressing my thumbs and hoping against hope, as us Americans are wont to do! Ach, ja. In any case, a Germanniversary is the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite photos of Deutschland since I arrived. As I was sorting through them, it was really hard to choose just a few! So if you’re curious, you’re more than welcome to check out my Flickr albums.
For more about my journey, check these posts out: