My grandma (aka: Nana Banana) on my dad's side is originally from Germany but was whisked away to the U.S. by my grandpa (aka: Papa, no associated fruit to the name) back in the days of yore. So I'm obviously part German and have always proudly stated so. But that never really meant anything more to me other than the fact that Nana and my dad could speak German and make excellent schnitzel and spaetzle.

However, now I'm feeling a little extra German these days as I was lucky enough to meet and stay with Nana's brother, Guenter, in Ludwigsberg while traveling through Germany. I like to refer to him as my grandpa once removed. Auston keeps insisting that there's no such thing and that he's my great-uncle. I, however, disagree. I know a grandpa once removed when I see one.

We stayed with him and his wife for two nights and couldn't have felt more at home. They felt like family right from the start even though we'd never met. He showed us around the city and took us to meet the rest of the family where I confirmed for myself that I definitely do not speak German. Luckily their English was great.

Thanks Nana for helping us get in touch with Guenter!

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5 Comments on “Feeling Extra German Now”

  1. grzecka says:

    no fair! i wanna feel more German

    1. davidsbrown says:

      Well I think we should start a campaign to get dad to pay for a family reunion in Germany. Then you’ll feel as German as I do!

  2. sebrown57 says:

    So glad you got to meet your grandpas once removed! Yes, I agree with you on that one! And, I tried telling you, you didn’t speak German, but you just had to go way over there to find out didn’t you? Great pics!

    1. davidsbrown says:

      Well in Mexico I found out I could still speak some Spanish, so I thought why not see what happens in Germany. :)

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