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Childhood Dreams Part 1 – Traveling in the Orange County

posted by Mimi 19. October 2014 10 Comments

I was 14 or 15 when I began to dream about a life in California. My longings and dreams for the far off country were certainly strongly dominated by the US-American film industry. A majority of popular films and series that adolescents and adults consume nowadays are being produced indisputably in the States.

I believe that everyone who watches every now and then a good movie is able to comprehend my thoughts or at least does not find them unfounded. Even if one has never been there throughout one’s life – or maybe particularly because of that – one can feel an almost tearing longing for the foreign. The “foreign” which though seems to be familiar because the media has left such a profound impression which is, despite certain condemnation (therewith I mean the mass mediatized prosperity and glamour from Hollywood), however rather characterized by admiration and urge for imitation. The desire for walking one time the streets of Hollywood and perhaps feeling deep inside a little bit more important just as the stars do, to enjoy the endless Californian sun and to merge the American lifestyle.

Nevertheless, dreams cease with age and are being replaced by new aspirations. At least this is my experience. My early eagerness to see California one time was not as strong as back in the days. Meanwhile, I had seen rather poorer parts of the world, whereby one learns to appreciate the simplicity of life, instead of being obsessed with materialistic things. To be true, I was even a little disgusted by all the superficial luxury and plastic of which, according to myself, California had a lot to offer. Germany is from a cultural point of view perhaps not too dissimilar to the States. Anyway, there is no lack of wealth in comparison to other countries, and likewise I did not expect a very great difference concerning customs and lifestyle habits. Indeed, childhood dreams never tend to vanish into nothingness. Much more, they defy not to be buried in oblivion and want to be lived out with a small piece of childlike curiosity.

My small childhood dream should come true by the end of June 2014. The occasion was that my father had organized with his old Vietnamese friends, whom he has not seen for almost 35 years since the Vietnam War a class reunion. Most of them fled after the end of the war into the States, only a few remained in old Saigon. In recent years he had, actually less hopefully, posted requests for his old friends on online platforms. Then, suddenly after a few months, one of his friends got in touch with him totally unexpected. After that it was not hard for him to contact his other mates.

Thereupon, the idea of a reunion in Californa orginiated as this was the most convenient meeting place. Sometimes life offers the most unforeseen surprises in the commonest everyday situations. So not only my childhood dream should come to fulfilment, but much more important the biggest wish of my father: to meet his old friends after so many years again – and I was allowed to take part in this unforgettable event.

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10 Comments

Stella Scarlett Rose 14. September 2014 at 17:10

Das ist aber toll! Da freu ich mich für dich! Irgendwann würde ich Kalifornien auch sehr gerne sehen. Tolle Bilder übrigens!

Liebst

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The Girl 15. September 2014 at 11:08

Ich bin schon sehr gespannt auf die weiteren Teile!

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Ju Lu 15. September 2014 at 11:43

oh toller blog!

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Ethnostories 5. November 2014 at 10:50

looking forward to read part 2. You write so well and deep!

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471010 5. November 2014 at 10:57

Thank you. I'm always glad to hear that. :)

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Lessly 14. January 2016 at 18:59

Ohja Kalifornien ist einfach traumhaft. Deine Bilder unterstreichen das deutlich. Hatte selber auch schon das Glück in Kalifornien Urlaub machen zu dürfen :)

Liebe Grüße

Lessly

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Mimi 5. February 2016 at 14:49

Hey Lessly,

das stimmt. Kalifornien ist so riesen groß, da gibt es noch eine Menge mehr zu entdecken als den Orange County. Dieses Jahr geht es wieder hin und auch etwas länger als beim letzten Mal.

Liebe Grüße,
Mimi

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Evy 17. January 2016 at 13:14

Sehr gefühlvoll geschreiben und sehr persönlich!

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Mimi 5. February 2016 at 14:47

Danke, Evy. Freut mich zu hören. :)

Liebe Grüße,
Mimi

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esta application 28. February 2016 at 14:20

Very good post. I like this :) thank yo so much for sharing.

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