germanybecause you opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities,

because for once in my life I was functioning—

meeting the quota yet doing things my way,

because the hot, black nights in the hostel were heaven,

and the city felt like home in the deepest sense,

because you taught me how to be “in the world and of the world,”

and because you have freed me and given me hope:

thank you.

I won’t forget.