I was born in Soest, a beautiful, historic town in Germany.
For the first 14 years, we alternated back and forth between Germany and Canada. My father was in the Canadian military and my mother came from Bochum (between Dortmund and Essen), an hour’s drive away. We moved to Canada for good in 1969 but went back to visit in 1972. That was the last time I saw Soest, until Sept. 2013. It had always been my desire to go back someday, but I thought that day would never come.
When we started planning our anniversary trip to Italy and Greece, it got me thinking. Why couldn’t we fly up to Germany for a few days as well? The more I thought about, the more excited I became! After all, it was only a two hour flight from Rome. Could we find the time? Yes!
We flew into Düsseldorf, then rented a car. This was another “pinch me” moment! Was I really back home, 41 years later?
Soest looked exactly as I remembered it and they’ve done a wonderful job preserving the old buildings. The medieval and Roman walls are still there – Soest is that old – and I was beside myself with joy! Hubby loved it too and it was such fun showing him around!
I made a video of our photos, added some snazzy effects and set it to music. Enjoy!
Read more of the story HERE.
Do you still live in the area of your birthplace or have you moved away?
If it’s far, were you able to return for a visit? Did it change much?
Looking forward to your comments!