Traveling and working in Germany after college was a dream come true for me. I loved speaking the language and living in a culture both similar and different from my own. Fast-forward to 10 years later, and I was lucky enough to go back to Berlin for work, covering the city's annual film festival, which also happens to include an amazing kids' section. So when I launched my family-friendly entertainment blog, L.A. Story, one bucket list item was to earn press credentials for the film festival in Berlin (an L.A. sister city, it turns out), take my young daughter and have both of us cover all the kids' movies we could fit into a week-long trip. That happened in 2012, just after my daughter turned 5. It was February — much colder than any climate my little Angeleno had been used to — and it was just the two of us. While some parents might have called me crazy for flying solo with a preschooler, I was eager to show my little girl the world, or at least a small, non-English-speaking part of it. We traveled around the city, taking the U-Bahn (aka "the subway"), we visited Legoland and she offered up her opinion on a few festival films. She even spent a few hours at a German kindergarten, playing with kids who only spoke Deutsch. It's been two years now (and one little brother later), and she keeps asking to go back. I'm hoping that trip — to a place that's so special to me — created a little bucket list within her, too.