Things like this tend to happen to me rather often.
When it was time to choose foreign languages at school, I was ready to learn anything, but German. Not only did I not want to learn the language, but knew next to nothing about the country and had no desire to learn more. Today I live in Germany, speak (some) German and absolutely love this place.
When I turned 18 and it was time to choose my first car, I had only two criteria: not green and… guess what? Not German. What car do you think I finally got? Exactly. A green Opel!
I always consider myself to be a big city girl and on top of that in my childhood memories I absolutely dreaded the moment when grandparents took me to their garden, even if the only thing I had to do there was eating fresh fruits and berries.
Today I still live in a city (even though the total population is far below what I thought was acceptable), but start feeling better and better about gardens which I hated so much as a child. Judging by the history, I ought to own one someday
Even though I say we live in the city, I have to admit it is more at the city limits. Stuttgart is officially finishing literally a couple of hundred meters away from our house. This week we went for a walk after a hard working day and I was really amazed how much I enjoyed something that would seem totally opposite to me just a couple of years ago,
The area is very green. Our neighbours are forests, fields and Schrebergärten.
Schrebergarten or Kleingarten (or simply “ogorod” in Russian) is something I thought was a pure Eastern European phenomenon. This proved to be wrong. Apparently fourteen countries in Europe have communities of “small gardens” with Germany leading the game with over one million of them.
Jogging or walking through Schrebergärten became one of our regular activities. During our last walk we were even dreaming how cool it would be to have one of those for ourselves.
In that moment I thought – isn’t it a perfect illustration to the saying “never say never”?! Think I might give this Schrebergarten thing a chance…
And of course the full Schrebergarten gallery – aren’t they really sweet?!
Is this a familiar feeling to you? Did things happen to you, that you thought could never happen?