Dierk at Maike and Stefan's wedding reception
(an 8-hour cruise up the Rhein River,
which we were thrilled to be able to attend!)
became friends in 1968, in Bonn, Germany.
My dad's background was in international law and my uncle was a lifelong
So, I grew up thinking that everyone's family discussed international
and politics over the dinner table!
met Dierk while I was living in Bonn!
He had recently completed his Doctorate in International Law, at Bonn
(I have created a few separate pages about Bonn and our old stomping grounds
See link below.)
some point along the way, in our 36 years of friendship,
our respective families became Family to each other.
This makes Dierk my "German brother."
to right: Maike, Karin, Rutger, Page, and Jon
our children to experience international friendship and living abroad...
when I was to return to the US, we made a pact to
exchange our children in the summers
"when they got old enough."
The exchanges occurred between 1987 and 2001.
In addition to
numerous individual visits in Brussels and Bonn over the years, as well
as, in the US,
we have also travelled as a family together, spending four days in Paris,
touring the Champagne region and ancient Trier, and wending our way
up the Mosel River to Bonn.
we have spent several days on the Normandy coast,
and a wonderful two weeks in
Italy together, right after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
I hope to get some photos of those trips posted one of these days.
A sneak preview...
Annemarie has recently retired from a career at the European
She is shown here at
our house a couple years ago.
I will add more about her soon.
is a peek at Dierk's career in International Law
and his involvement with the growth and development of the