One of the highlights of our European vacation was going back to Soest, my birthplace in Germany, for the first time in decades. On the way, we stopped overnight at my mother’s hometown of Bochum, where we spent most weekends and holidays.
Interesting story there.
My grandfather, (Opa), was a dentist. He and my grandmother, (Oma), lived in the same building where he worked for over 40 years. Across the hall from his office was a pub, which has since become a full service restaurant.
By coincidence, I met a woman on the internet who resided in that neighbourhood as a child. Even more noteworthy: she and her parents had been patients of my grandfather’s!
Small world, isn’t it?
When we booked the trip to Germany, arrangements were made to have dinner with her and her husband in that very spot. Quite the exciting adventure! A shiver went through me as I stood right there, looking at the windows of the old residence, for the first time since 1972!
Opa passed away in 1976. Oma lived out her remaining years with my aunt in Austria and died in 1993.
When we arrived in Soest, it was as if I had never left. Everything looked pretty much the same in this lovely, historic town.
First stop was the old neighbourhood. Nice to see the buildings had all been renovated. I stood transfixed for the longest time, awash in memories.
Hard to believe I was really here….
Cross one off the bucket list!
Another thrill was revisiting a favourite spot in town. There’s an oil painting of it hanging in our bedroom:
My husband especially thought it was grand to see the painting come to life! Shame about the construction scaffolding, but, it otherwise lived up to expectations:
Going back home was something I thought would never happen.
It has been a dream come true and I’ll always cherish these memories.
Do you have a bucket list of travel destinations? I’d love to hear about them!
Have you fulfilled any of them, or are planning to, soon?