To the city I adore so much: Nuremberg, Germany

I am usually independent. I want to be independent. I am always looking for a place where I feel enough freedom; be it in a park, in a cafe, on a mountain, in a city, in a province or wherever my feelings take me; Nuremberg, Germany

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In August 2014 I had my first ever trip outside the countryside; or even the first ever trip to the continent. Where? In Germany! It was a trip that was supposed to refresh my mind after nearly six months of non-stop project work in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I have a great desire for a break, a long break. There was no detailed itinerary for my 21-day stay in Nuremberg, Germany, so I ended up not even being out in Bavaria (the state where Nuremberg belongs). I didn’t regret it. I do not regret it. I won’t regret it. It gave me a chance to realize and choose a city where I will be in love forever.

It was love at first sight? It could be. When I first entered the center of Nuremberg, there was a great deal of curiosity. It was not curious as a traveler or as a 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 the line, “Yes! I finally found it!” ran to me as I saw people, food, businesses and environments that invite me to explore more. From that moment I thought to myself:Yes, I fell in love and I will be with you forever, Nuremberg.” I have no idea how to perfectly show you my affection, so let me do it the way I did before, through writing a letter.

Dearest Nuremberg (Nürnberg),

Thank you for existing and allowing me to see your various wonders…

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thank you for recovering as quickly as you could after bowing out of the war. How could I see your magic without your rapid development? You have a famous, but still classified as a humble castle, compared to others in Germany. It was where the former humans showed how powerful they were. It now serves as a remarkable site for people who want to see the grimness and beauty of yesterday’s events. The Imperial Castle is a witness to the Second World War – through the eyes of how people lost their property and even their loved ones. Thanks for proving all my assumptions wrong. I thought you were just a city full of tall buildings that replaced the space of trees. I thought you were just a modern city where people are busy here and there. I thought you were just a meeting place where people talk about how to get richer. I was wrong. I’m wrong. You are a city full of excitement. You are a city full of wonderful contrasts.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thank you for the gift of realization. Hundred-year-old houses, holding the nightmare of the past, stand together with the newly built ones on the roads or even right in front of me every time I wake up in the morning. It reminds me that the past has shaped today’s modern life.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thank you for connecting art and family.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thank you for appreciating the work of the Master Painter.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thank you for giving hope to your residence and your visitors by allowing them to communicate their greatest wishes in life. You have created a physical symbol that one day these wishes will become reality.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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Thanks for offering a great view of the house in the river while people walk by and explore.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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I can’t mention all the miracles I’ve seen during our time together, but I’m sure the glimpses I’ve shared will be enough to make other people fall in love with you. If not, then it must be a crazy alien!

I do…

I love people. I always look at them; I watch them. I use them as my guide to enjoying where I am. Natives, migrants and tourists are treated similarly. Nuremberg, your people, did not judge me by color, by height, by weight; they just welcomed me fairly and that, I found out who and what real people are.

I like the food. You satisfied all my desires. Sweet, salty, sour or spicy. You can all let them touch my picky taste buds. With all of your food offerings, I found out that being hot is as long as you stick to what you ate!

I appreciate all your strengths and accept your flaws. I know you don’t have everything and you’re not perfect. And he 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.

How I wish…

How I wish I could spend more time with you. That I can fully and constantly explore what else you have to offer to surprise my curiosity. But as people do, you can come and go. You may disappear from my sight, but rest assured that your portrait runs through my mind every day.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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How I wish I had known you earlier. Maybe if I met you earlier, I could fully understand what true happiness is. There’s nothing to regret anyway. Things come at the perfect time. I met you when I needed a lot of relaxation and you gave it to me. I am lucky to have known and know you.

How I wish I could communicate with you more naturally. Make peace with not being able to understand what was written around you. I know this can lead to misunderstandings, but trust me; I am trying very hard to learn your language so that next time we can have a deeper and clearer conversation. And what the modern world is doing, I can see and communicate with you every day, even if it is only virtually. A long distance relationship can be enough.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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How I wish you would care for my heart. You made my heart beat faster the first time I saw you. You made me feel how great it is to have something to admire too. You inspired me to return to your arms, even though I know it would be hard. You have taken care of my heart by allowing me to feel those emotions, so I wish you will continue to do so when the time allows us to meet again.

How I wish you would stay as you are now. While changes are inevitable, I hope that everything you’ve shown me remains as wonderful to my eyes as it is. Maintain your natural beauty!

Nuremberg, thank you very much! (Vielen Dank) Until we meet again!

My memories with you will forever be kept and secured like these padlocks.

To Nuremberg: A letter to the city I fell in love with and always will
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I fell in love with Nuremberg: A Letter to the City and always willJessica Ayun is a freelance writer who writes whether to serve 5-10 cups of coffee a day. She used to work as a television researcher, but her feet are always curious to step into new places, so she decided to work in Visayas and Mindanao communities as a documentarian through a non-governmental organization (NGO) for almost two years. He tries to see “true happiness” in every person he meets and every place he goes. He always chooses mountains over beaches.

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