Karlsruhe feels like home to me. It’s where I spent just one year of my life, but in that year I learned more about myself than I had ever before. I met my husband there, did some very deep soul searching and it also served as an optimal location for traveling through Europe and learning about various cultures. I was 19 then and such a dreamer – always talking about my future and my ever-changing perspectives of the world.
A couple weekends back, we visited my host family there. I consider them extended family. We have kept in touch for the past 10 years and they’ll always remain important role models in my life. I look to them for guidance and support still and cherish my time with them, especially the children who sadly were not there to visit with this time. The children have grown up so much and it seems strange now that my children are the ages they once were when I cared for them.
We visited the Karlsruhe zoo first and then were invited to eat and drink and play in their rose-filled garden. It was a beautiful day with beautiful people. So glad to be reunited with them. It makes living away from so many of our family and friends a wee bit easier.