28 years, 2 months, 26 days
Thats exactly, how long the Berlin wall stood. And thats exactly, how long it was down again on February 5th, 2018. Truly a day to commemorate. Many cultural and public institutions in Berlin did and it was all over the news, too.
Thus, I was also made aware of this fact. I even learned a new German word: Zirkeltag. This is, what such a day is called, halfing a certain time span. Seems, there is no English counterpart, at least I wasn’t able to find a translation.
But back to the wall: I am sure, to anyone visiting the city, the wall only exists as an interesting historical fact. Whereas the residents still seem to feel it.
My sweetheart, a born and bred Berliner, who is old enough to have lived through the erection and fall of The Wall, said last night: “I can’t believe it is down as long as it has been standing. To me it still feels, as if the wall has been standing much, much longer as it has been down again.”
Another fact: Because it is so personal in this city, the entire “wall-business” is treated much as a local, regional thing. The historical dimension is often overlooked.