"I was living in the western part of Berlin when the city was still divided. Whenever we visited family in the eastern part of Berlin I smuggled their three favorite things into the GDR: yoghurt, sponges - and fashion magazines. You know, those Burda magazines with the sewing patterns. Because fashion in the GDR was … how can I put it?" She pulls a face and continues: "Well, I ‘d say they tried their best? Lots of women rather made their own clothes instead. But I’m useless at this, I can’t even sew a button back on."
"In Colombia I was watching movies in German and there was a lot of ‘krrkrkrrkrr’ going on. German sounded so weird, yet interesting. That’s when I set my mind to live in Germany and learn the language. Now I speak German and I still think it’s weird and interesting at the same time. But being able to speak that ‘krrkrkrrkrr’ is kind of cool and pretty impressive.
The German words that annoy me the most are ‘geht nicht’. So typical: You ask or suggest something and people just reply ‘geht nicht’ - without any further explanation. Why can’t it be done? And what could we do to make it work? But all they give you is a ‘geht nicht’ and then you stand there and wonder what’s going on.”
"The saddest moment in life was was when my mother died. That still makes me cry. Because no matter how old you are, no matter how much time has passed since - it will always hurt! But let’s concentrate on this little guy: He’s pure joy!"
“Der traurigste Moment in meinem Leben war als meine Mutter starb. Da muss ich immer noch weinen. Denn egal wie alt man ist oder wie viel Zeit seitdem vergangen ist - es schmerzt immer noch. Aber jetzt konzentrieren wir uns mal auf den Kleinen hier: Der ist die pure Freude!”