I am originally from Ukraine, but I moved to Berlin when I was a kid together with my parents…. they are Jewish, you see.
People here often ask me whether i am nostalgic about Ukraine… perhaps I was only during my first two-three years in Germany, I remember we flew to Kiev a lot. Then I started school and nostalgia began to weaken with each month. My beloved grandmother died in Kiev, and a “special occasion” to fly back to Kiev vanished ;-( Last time I travelled to Kiev was in 2010, and to be honest, i both felt at home but at the same time lost…. the people, the culture were so close and so distant at the same time.
Germany is my home…and it has always been so…. after my last trip to Kiev in 2010, I remember I was sitting on a plane back to Germany and I thought: “At last, I am flying home.”