I grew up in Herzebrock, an idyllic small village in West Germany. My parents' middle-class house had a large garden, and I loved playing in the sandbox. Across the residential street, there were meadows (and lots of clay and dirt to play with), a small forest and a tiny hill that is used in winter for tobogganing. Back then, there wasn't so much traffic, so I rode my bike with my friends around the neighborhood.
I also spent a considerate amount of time in my room, playing with cuddly stuffed animals, Lego™ bricks, reading books (TKKG, Enid Blyton: Fünf Freunde, Raumpatrouille Orion), later sitting in front of my home computer.
Ingo Karkat, 22-Apr-2009