A recent poll taken in Germany found 1 in 7 Germans want the Berlin Wall back. With the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall looming in the near future, some resentment still remains among the formerly separated sides.
One of the most interesting things about living in Berlin is that both Easties and Westies still live together in one city. Although I usually don't give much of a thought to whether a German is from the former East or West, as far as I can tell, there are immediate signs evident to Germans that give them away.
For example, we invited our German neighbors over for some dinner. They noticed we had this brand of mustard on our table.
Much to our disbelief, they wrinkled their nose at our choice of mustard from the former East Germany. I didn't realize that we needed 2 different types of mustard at our house for different guests!
Of course, I do this for for other Americans I meet- dialects and choice of words often give origins easily away. And almost every American I meet knows where I hail from as my still occasionally strong and distinctive accent gives me away.
There are other products as this article from the BBC points out. Vita Cola seems to be making a comeback for the nostalgic for Eastern bloc types. Good bye Lenin was a fantastic movie about this very subject.
There is even a political party that pokes fun at this surprising attitude. Die Partei promises to change the national symbol from a eagle into a bunny and turn the former East Germany into a wildlife refuge and populate it with pensioners.
I have felt comfortable enough with a few of my German friends to ask if whether an East German and a West German could marry easily. The answer I get is usually "yes but..." I don't think the South and the North in the U.S. are so different that it would be difficult to marry but come to think of it, I can't think of anyone that fits that label. Anyone else out there have any experience with any of these scenarios?
Well, if naked hiking was your thing, I might too, be skeptical of reuniting. :)
Special thanks to D & I for pointing this article to me! Maybe they should too start a blog??? in their spare time of course! hint hint!