Favorite Things: Day 11: Berlin, Germany

During  the month of December,  I am setting a goal to post each day with one  of my favorite  somethings. It could be a favorite food, a favorite  thing, a favorite  person, a favorite blog, a favorite handmade thing, a  favorite place...  really a favorite any and everything!   Join me as I review my favorites during December 2010! I'd love to read about your favorites too!

I was very, very fortunate to grow up living overseas in Germany. My father served our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He had a couple of different jobs with the Air Force (Hospital Administrator and OSI Officer), and was often on TDY (Temporary Duty or what is now referred to as Deployed) but because of his service, our family led an amazing life. We were able to travel and experience many different cultures. Granted, I did not appreciate it nearly as much as I wish I had (nor did I pay a fig of attention to the things I would almost DIE to see/do now), but I do remember the experiences.

The most amazing place we lived was Berlin Germany. We were stationed there from 1987 - 1991. We went shopping in East Berlin prior to The Wall falling, we visited with escapee's, we sang Happy 200th Birthday to the city of Berlin for President Reagan, we danced on The Wall the night it "fell" and chipped at it for ages.

Berlin was the city that my parents first let me discover on my own, or with my friends. Prior to The Wall falling, we couldn't get out of the city (West Berlin was surrounded by The Wall), and my parents figured we couldn't get lost.

I think Berlin was where I discovered most of myself, and set goals to achieve later in life.

I've visited Berlin several times since The Fall, and it has changed greatly. It is definitely not the Berlin it was when I lived there. Different and wonderful too. But different all the same.

Where is your favorite city?

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