I returned to Germany. After 20 years in the United States I came back to live and work in the city that I call my birth town, Berlin. When I left I was 24 years old, with one suitcase and a heavy duffle bag stuffed with my most precious belongings. Like many young women before me I left for the promise of a relationship and like so often in life (especially when you are that young) it was another love that kept me there. Yet at that time I found myself in the country of all possibilities and the premise that somehow you can be anything and become anyone you aspire to be. And I did.
In the super short version of 20 years, I can look back and see what I bring with me this time; four amazing girls, one great husband and a 20 foot container full of my memories and pots and pans. And Duke our little adopted 4 legged friend. Why did I leave the US? I had started my company KinderCone just a few years earlier and was working as a relocation consultant as well as being busy with shuttling girls from lakefront soccer to piano recitals. We leave behind some of the best friends a person could wish for and yet we decided that it was time for a change, time to get moving before we would not dare do it anymore.
We had started a year earlier when the 6 of us got on a plane and traveled for 8 months around the world. Lillian, my oldest and Lancelot, my husband documented the trip in their blogs OneWorld4girls and 4KidsWillTravel respectively.
This journey, homeschooling and seeing parts of this wonderful and often challenging world really changed me (and I know my family) and I wanted to explore more and give my children the chance to be part of this incredibly global community in Europe and elsewhere. After one resting year in Chicago we packed our bags and pots and pans once more and arrived here in Berlin just two months ago. And even though this blog should reflect my company KinderCone and this fun tradition that came from Germany, I am hoping that I can give some reflection on our new and very different life here in Berlin.