Sunday, June 14, 2009

Brandenburg, baby, Brandenburg

Today we drove with the babies to Oberhavelland which is to the north of Berlin in the state of Brandenburg. So strange to only drive an hour from our home in Kreuzberg and all of the sudden be surrounded by open fields, farms and horses. The smells are more intense there, or at least more intensely good: sweet hay, wild flowers, clean air. Not like the raw sewage we got a whiff of the other day a few blocks from our apartment....When we came back to Kreuzberg, we went and got a killer schnitzel at Weltrestaurant Markthalle

Another strange thought is that we c
ouldn't have made such an easy trip out there 20 years ago. From 1961 to 1989, when the wall was up, Berlin was literally an island. I visited the city for the first time in 1995 and moved there in 1999, so I never knew it when it was divided. So hard to fathom really, though I can say I wish I had at least seen it....

2 comments:

Camille said...

Lived in Berlin from 1981 to 1989 and left in August '89, when I still thought that the wall would be up until the day I die, that's how fast it came tumbling down eventually, just a few months later!

Went many times to East Berlin to meet friends in East berlin during that time, people we met and eventually became friendly with.

Schaufensterbabe said...

I've heard from so many people from both the east and west who said they never ever expected the wall to fall. Great that miracles do sometimes happen!

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