For this weekend post, I’m going to switch it up a bit. First, I have to say that I am momentarily out of pre-written posts to talk about my book project, my characters, etc. There is plenty more to come, and I have some topics already set up, I just need to write them out.
But secondly, and more importantly, this is a great day to talk about Munich and Germany. Why? Today is the day of the all-German final of the UEFA Champions League! There is no greater time to express my pride in being German than during these football matches. Now, before I talk a little bit about Munich and my experience there, I have to say that no, I am not cheering for Bayern München, although my brother is a hardcore fan. My team is the one-and-only Borussia Dortmund, and if we win, expect a big ‘we won!” post tomorrow, haha.
I have never been to Dortmund in the north-west. I will go there eventually to see the sites and to go to a game, and travel a bit farther north to where my mother grew up in Bremen. When I first went to Munich, however, I knew that it was my favourite city in the world. The cleanliness, the friendly Bavarian culture, the village feel in the down-town even though it is a large city. Nothing beats Europe, for me at least. Someday I may move there. Those things were all great, but what I love most about Munich is its feeling of home for me. In 2009, when I took that picture, it was the first time I had been overseas. My German wasn’t great, and I had only met the cousin I was to stay with near Munich once before at a wedding a few years prior, but while I was there, and for the following few weeks elsewhere in Germany and Austria, I felt this feeling of “home” that I had never felt before. I could tell it was real when I went to Switzerland near the end of the trip, and it didn’t feel the same. It was a truly special feeling, and I yearn to go back as soon as possible. Do you know the feeling I am talking about? I had never been there before, and yet I felt deep down “this is home”. I mean, I have a home, here west of Toronto, I grew up here and love it. I know what home feels like. But this was…different. Deeper. I think everyone should, at one point in their lives, visit the place where their family once came from. It is a unique experience for us North Americans, as we are all not originally from this place.
Here are a few of the best pictures from that same trip. These were all made with a 7.2 mega-pixel camera. I think I did pretty good, what do you think? Enjoy your weekend, and GO BVB!!!!!!!!
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