Thursday, 27 August 2009
I love Germany
Growing up in Germany I never felt that it was ok to be proud of my country. With our history, all I learnt was to be ashamed. Ashamed of a truely horrible crime that, however, I have not commited. Other cultures are proud of everything that makes them, their history and their country. All I ever learned was that you risk being classed a Nazi if you say that you are proud to be German and that we all have to carry the burden of the holocaust on our shoulders.
All this was reason for me to move abroad. Since I was 14 I knew I wanted to move to Ireland and when I finally finished school, I fullfilled this wish. Funnily enough I only learned in Ireland to be proud of Germany. A lot of great things have come from Germany: most famous fairy tales, Volkswagen cars, good quality electrical goods and other things. Nowadays Germany is a beautiful country with people living in it that share different religions and cultures. German people are friendly, and welcoming and in their own way humurous. We have delicious food in our supermarkets and brilliant bakeries with very yummy breads and cakes.
Today I can stand tall and say: I am proud to be German....not proud of our history at all but still proud of what we have achieved since and how far we have come in less than a century.
Yesterday I went for a little walk while Lucy was sleeping in her buggy. I took some photographs and I would like to share some things with you that to me are truely beautiful and a reminder of my home country.