There was no plan. Not even an inkling of one. As much as everyone gave lip-service to the concept, no one in West Germany ever imagined a reunified country.
But the wall did come down, and West Germany had to cope.
My second daughter learned to walk over Thanksgiving Weekend 1990 while we were visiting friends in Berlin. Standing on the balcony overlooking one of the gates, we watched people coming through, climbing over and otherwise making an epic crossing to the west. First opportunity for most since the 1950s to cross without risk of guns, dogs, or criminal proceedings. Oranges were everywhere.
West Berlin was packed, travel that several weeks before had taken just minutes now took hours as buses were packed full. Not on that visit, but later in the year, Cherie and I made a trip to one section of the wall, bringing home baskets of pieces. I have yet a few.
So little remains today, in most areas it is hard to distinguish where the Wall stood. My pictures of Berlin are all hard copy stored in a box, the cupboard located in our Heidelberg home.
Remaining today are museums, and the monuments. I can offer you the Luftbrücken-Denkmal as part of thinking about today, Reunification Day. After WWII, from 1948 to 1949,Tempelhof was used for the “Berlin Airlift” to supply Berlin during the Soviet blockade. The Airlift Monument at Platz der Luftbrücke on the one end (Coordinates: 52°29’2″N 13°23’14″E
and the other end at Rhein-Main Airbase
in Frankfurt here (50.03786200, 8.59548200).
Supposedly, I am finishing up things. That might explain why I took that ball of Noro Silk Garden, cast 75 stitches onto a size 5.00 mm needles and proceeded to knit garter stitch. I had looked at one of the Noro Patterns, but it called for a lot more stitches at the same gauge. Heads might be big at times in my family, but as a routine they don’t measure large.
Ms Copper’s Bag
In case you were wondering about the background in the last pix –
Ms Copper decided that she would like a new shoulder bag features her latest monster.
Since I had come come a bit early, there was time to run over to The Thread Emporium for both Purple Monster Fabric and a button for the closure.
The Silk Code – Paul Levinson, downloaded from Podiobooks. He also has some well thought out and interesting commentaries on how communications tech is changing us all.