I used to live in Germany, once as a child and then again as a young mother. My oldest son was born there. I've been back to visit, which confirmed to me that I still love Germany and its people. I think about it, a lot. It feels like home to me. Here is why...
  1. I have great memories.
  2. It's the most beautiful country, visually, next to Switzerland.
  3. The language sounds rough but the people are some of the kindest and most welcoming people in the world.
  4. The language is fairly easy to learn...the grammar...not so much.
  5. These days it's so much easier to keep in touch with friends and family via modern technology.
    When I lived in Germany before it was very difficult to keep in touch. I missed my family desperately, it cost a fortune to call them. We didn't have a phone so I had to go to the post office around the corner to call my parents, collect! I wrote my parents and my friends all the time, but it took a week or more for them to get my letters and then, of course, another week + for me to get a reply. It was also hard for them to watch my daughter grow up via photos. But now? No more issues. :)
  6. America has become dangerous.
    Between the crazy people and the crazy people with guns, I don't feel safe. When I say crazy I don't mean mentally ill. I mean hate speech, end of days, conspiracy theory crazy.
  7. Vilification of those less fortunate, overt racism, and lawmakers need to turn back the clock to the 1950's.
  8. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum...etc.
    Do I even need to explain?