Yesterday (Saturday, August 4th, 2018) I met my brother Matthias for a visit of the place where I was born. The house of my parents in Potsdam and it’s environment, the river called HAVEL. The weather was great, a wonderful summer day.
Matthias picked me up with his car at the S-Bahn station in Berlin-Wannsee.
We enjoyed the ride along the lake Wannsee and crossed the city limits of Berlin and Potsdam which are only some meters away one from each other.
Potsdam is a town with many sightseeing possibilities like the well known castle Schloss Sanssouci and its surrounding Park Sanssouci including another castle called Neues Palais, the Orangerie, the Chinese Tea House and many other small and big things worth seeing. Back in the days, Sanssouci was the summer residence of the Prussian and German Kaiser (Emperor). Potsdam’s citizens were mostly Members of the Imperial court, staff of the Emperor, military, rich merchants and fishermen.
After the Emperor’s abdication, the occupations of the inhabitants changed a little, the wealth remained. The existence of Potsdam as part of East Germany during the period of German division after the Second World War did not change this fact either.
However, I was born in Potsdam and later I moved to the western part of Berlin (Zehlendorf).
My parents’ house is in Potsdam-West, directly on the river Havel.
We remembered our childhood days. Our parents were very diligent and smart. My father led a building material warehouse and my mother worked in a nursery school.
My dad was a passionate piano and accordeon player too! He took us kids to a lot of concerts he played and, of course, to a lot of concerts from several bands and solists. Also, he taught me how to play the piano and the accordeon. He taught me how to read and write sheet music. Indeed, he was my musical teacher and coach.
Our parents worked hard to make a lot of things possible for us kids. They were tough but we kids had a lot of fun too.
It was a usual thing that we kids were very often on the river Havel with canoes, boards and lots of other swimming stuff. 😂 During hot summer days we often went down for bathing with our friends or alone. Or we took our bicycles to drive around down at the river.
At the end of our day, my brother and me had Ragout Fin and Schnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln und gemischter Salat aus der Heimatregion (Schnitzel with fried potatoes and mixed salad with veggies from the domestic region) at the restaurant “Westufer”. It was really yummy!
In fact, we decided to spend time at and around our parents’ house again with our German and Japanese families and friends in 2019! It was so awesome!
Thanks to my brother Matthias! With his hospitality, he made this wonderful Saturday possible! Thanks again! Thank you for everything, big brother!