spoiler alert: i want to be tanja’s friend and i don’t think she knows it. yet. so here i go…
tanja i want to be your friend.
and although germans would laugh at such a comment….i do have to say that my relatively small percentage of german ancestry craves to be surrounded by german friends, german food, german culture, german men.
cue: julie andrews
here are [just] a few of my favorite things:
1 – response to the syrian immigration policy [yes, i know this is a controversial for germans and the world watching but nonetheless germans have been the leaders in a humanitarian crisis which is an example for europe]
2 – pretzels for breakfast [my thighs are singing hallelujah]
3 – free education [because, yes, every little one deserves an education and university needs to be affordable]
4 – animal rights policies
5 – manuel neuer [who? think ladies: german futbol team, world cup, god’s gift to women, etc]
6 – history [i know, controversial, but still my favorite book genre and roman polanski films]
7 – manuel neuer
8 – bavarian alps [one day, bethany, one day]
we spent the dim dusk hour chatting about china and germany. germany and usa. and usa and germany. and although each country is quite obviously different, germans and americans would 100% most likely agree that china’s car/bus/motor/bike honking needs to seriously simmer down.
when i arrived, she immediately offered me food and drink which means she is either incredibly hospitable or knows my love language. or both. either way, she made me feel at home in her shanghai apartment. she shared stories of her friends and family back home. after only meeting her for an hour, i would definitely say that tanja is, in fact, incredibly loved by her friends and family in germany. her apartment tells the story of that. it takes a lot to pick-up, move to another country [nonetheless china] and say goodbye to those who love you. i could instantly tell that her apartment was indeed a safe haven surrounded by mementos of that support.
thank you tanja for opening up your expat home to share your life in china with me, my camera, and my ancestry. we are grateful.