"Just twenty hours ago I was standing with my fake fur jacket in the slush of the smoking area at the airport of Berlin-Tegel.
The world should stop right now. The country-girl from Germany has made it to Los Angeles.
I would like to let go of a Tarzan-worthy scream."
13 years ago I arrived in Los Angeles for my new assignment as West coast correspondent for German public radio. A dream had come true. It hit me with the force of a baseball bat when I stepped off the plane: