Expectations from the Perspective of German-New Mexican Duality and Identity
Many of my thoughts towards the Munich trip root directly to my upbringing and experience of living in southern New Mexico. My step-dad was a soldier in the German Air Force, and was stationed to Alamogordo, New Mexico- a little city in the Tularosa Basin right at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, and known regionally for White Sands, pistachios, and a fascinating space museum. In this little city, you will likely hear English, Spanish and German spoken every day. Because of Alamogordo’s small, but sizeable German population, there is a German school for children of German soldiers, a few German shops and companies, and once a year in the fall a large Oktoberfest celebration on the base. This little city has always allowed me to retain a piece of my German culture and identity while growing up in southern New Mexico- a place very unlike anything you’d see in Germany.