Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday


Earlier today, we watched part of a hockey game on television. We're in Canada through the New Year; every time we turn on the television in our hotel room, or walk into a restaurant with a television in its bar, or exercise at the hotel fitness center, we've discovered we'll likely be able to watch hockey. One of the teams playing at that moment had the initials 'WGA'; Abbott asked what they stood for. Alexi replied that it must be the West German something or other. A minute later, he remembered there is no longer a West and an East, and corrected himself. I hadn't even noticed his error. (Turns out, WGA stands for Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams!) In high school, in 1988, Alexi got to play hockey in Czechoslovakia, a year before the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we talked about his experiences there I got goosebumps. I distinctly remember hearing the news when the wall fell so many years ago, and not being able to believe my ears.

5 comments:

Oakmoss said...

i was young, 12 or 13, but i remember the fall well.
his experiences must have been so incredible.

KPiep said...

I remember that news as well. I think it was the first time a major intentional news story fully engaged me.

Tami said...

When I was a junior (1989) in high school a spent a month in Germany' ', although the wall was down you could see/feel the difference still. In fact as we took a train up to Berlin you could still see parts of the wall deep in the woods/country side

likeschocolate said...

I remember exactly where I was when they announced the fall of the wall. I had been just in East Berlin just 9 weeks before that and was in amazement that the wal had fallen. Have a wonderful time in Canada!

Sammi said...

i wasn't born when the wall fell. however i went with kristina of no penny for them, bee drunken, gwen, jude, and julochka(dot com) to berlin in september 2010 and we went to the site of the wall, it was amazing even to me. tho' the older ladies with me said i could never understand how insane it was that this place was so seperated. not only that, as we walked along the perimeter there were places where people had died, and their names and dates were engraved in stones along the pavement. walking over places where people have died is so incredibly eerie.

did you know berlin is four times the size of paris? i felt absolutely 100% lost there the whole weekend we were there. we stayed on the 'east' side of berlin, i even flew into schonefeld airport which still has a cold war feel about it, parts of it are incredibly old fashioned! even now, despite there being no wall, there is a difference between the east and west sides. we definitely felt it as we crossed into the west side, which was far more modern. i loved berlin and hope to explore more of the city one day, have you ever been?