Places I never valued when living in Germany, the old castles. Every field trip with the school was to an old museum. The ruins and building are everywhere, constantly reminding you of old days and how challenging it is to create anything new. Now I am on the West Coast and miss them so much. Over here nothing is old but the trees. Anything can happen, yet nothing much does with any kind of reference. No sense of place, no roots.

The Local has a list of 13 German castles that framed my horizon as a child and I can’t wait to take my kids to.