When I was searching in my head for a topic for the letter "M," I didn't come up with merry-go-round right away. This actually came to mind when I was talking about something else. I am not really a fan of carnival rides, but merry-go-rounds have a special appeal. Magical, mystical, nostalgic, whatever you want to call it.
The last time I was on one was when my daughter was probably less than 10 years old. She is now going on 28, so ... She loves horses, so it was just natural for her to enjoy merry-go-rounds. We used to live in a small town in upper Michigan, and every year when the carnival came around she got to ride the merry-go-round, and so did I (with her). The first time she rode one was maybe when she was one year old. Of course that required assistance.
Yes, I rode them as a kid too in Germany. Here is an interesting tidbit I found online: "In England and much of Europe, these rides usually go clockwise; in the U.S., it's the opposite." It's so long ago, I can't remember which way they went in Germany. Do you know if this statement is correct?