To the city, I like very much: Nuremberg, Germany
I am usually independent. I want to be independent. I am always looking for a place where I can feel enough freedom. Whether in a park, in a coffee shop, on a mountain, in a city, in a province or wherever my emotions lead me there. Nuremberg, Germany
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In August 2014, I had my first trip abroad. Or even for the first time on a trip to the continent. to where in Germany! It was a trip ostensibly to refresh my mind from nearly six months of non-stop work on a project to deal with Typhoon Haiyan’s impact on Philippine communities. I am in a great desire for a rest, a long rest. There was no detailed itinerary for my 21-day stay in Nuremberg, Germany, so I figured I wasn’t even out in Bavaria (the state that Nuremberg is in). I had no regrets. I do not regret this. I will not regret. It gave me the chance to find out and choose a city that I will love forever.
Was it love at first sight? maybe it is When I first stepped into the city center of Nuremberg, there was a lot of curiosity. Not as a traveler or as a curious tourist. It was the curiosity of someone looking for a place to retire. Yes, I may be too young to be thinking about retirement, but this phrase, “Yeah! I finally found it!” It ran to me as I saw the people, the food, the institutions and the environment inviting me to explore more of it. From that moment I said to myself:Yes, I fell in love and will be with you forever, Nuremberg“I don’t know how I can fully show you my love, so let me do it the same way I used to, by writing letters.
Dear Nuremberg (Nuremberg),
Thank you for being there and letting me see your different wonders…
Thank you for recovering as quickly as possible after being bent from battle. Without your rapid growth, how can I see your charm? Compared to others in Germany, you have a famous and yet humble castle. It was a place where the former showed how powerful they were. Now, it serves as a remarkable place for people who want to see the darkness and beauty of yesterday’s events. The Imperial Castle is a witness to the Second World War – the eyes of how people lost their possessions and even their loved ones. Thank you for proving all my assumptions wrong. I thought you were just a city full of tall buildings that took the place of trees. I thought you were just a modern city where people were passing through every now and then. I thought you were just a meeting place where people talk about how they are going to get richer. I was wrong. I am wrong. You are a city full of excitement. You are a city full of wonderful contrasts.
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Grateful for the gift of fulfillment by keeping the nightmare of the past, the century-old houses stand next to the newer ones on the sidewalks or even in front of me every morning when I wake up. It reminds me that the past has shaped modern life today.
Thank you for combining art and family.
Thank you for valuing the works of a master painter.
Thank you for giving hope to your lodgers and visitors by allowing them to convey their greatest aspirations in life. You created a physical symbol that one day these dreams will become reality.
Thank you for providing a magnificent view of a house on the river as people stroll and explore you.
I can’t list all the amazing things I’ve seen during our life together, but I’m sure the sneak peek I shared is enough to make others fall in love with you too. If they don’t, then they must be a crazy alien!
I will do …
I love people, I always look at them. I observe them. I use them as my guide to enjoy where I am. Natives, immigrants and tourists are treated alike. Nuremberg, your people, did not judge me by my color, my height, my weight. They welcomed me fairly and I found out who the real people are and who they are.
I love food, you satisfy all my cravings sweet, salty, sour or spicy. You can all let them touch my taste buds. With all your food, I realized that being sexy is when you are happy with what you eat!
I appreciate all your assets and accept your faults. I know you don’t have everything and you are not perfect. And I didn’t fall in love with you because of your almost perfect features. You captured my heart because of the “spark” I felt the first day I saw you. That spark includes perfections and imperfections.
I wish …
How I wanted to spend more time with you. That I can fully and continually discover what else you can offer to pique my curiosity. But as people do, you can come and go. You may be out of my sight, but rest assured that your portrait is in my mind every day.
How I wish I knew you before. Maybe when I met you earlier, I could fully understand what true happiness is. There is nothing to regret anyway. Everything happens at the perfect time. I met you when I needed so much comfort and you gave it to me. I am lucky to know you.
How I wish I could communicate with you more naturally. Tolerating the inability to understand what is written around you. I know it can lead to misunderstandings, but believe me. I am trying very hard to learn your language so that next time we can talk more deeply and clearly. And what with the modern world, I can see and communicate with you every day, even if it’s only virtually. A long distance relationship may be helpful.
How I wish you took care of my heart, when I saw you for the first time, you made my heart beat faster. You made me feel how great it is to have something to admire too. You gave me the motivation to come back in your arms even though I know it will be hard. You took care of my heart and allowed me to feel those feelings, so I wish you would still do the same when the time allows us to meet again.
How I wish you stay as you are now. Although changes are inevitable, I hope everything you’ve shown me remains as perfect as it is for my eyes. Maintain your natural beauty!
Nürnberg, thank you very much! (Vielen Dank) Until we meet again!
My memories with you will be preserved forever like these locks.
About the author
Jessica Ayoun A freelance writer who writes if served 5-10 cups of coffee a day. He used to work as a TV researcher, but his feet are always curious to step into new places, so he decided to work as a documentary maker for almost two years through a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Visayas and Mindanao communities. He tries to see “true happiness” in every person he meets and everywhere he goes. He always chooses mountains over beaches.
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