This is a big week for Germany. Sunday October 3rd marked twenty years since two nations, East and West, were officially reunified to form one country. Germany faced many obstacles in its journey to reunification, including the opposition of world leaders and a general prejudice from the international community. But on my first Reunification Day it was hard to miss the sense of anticlimax. Even though October 3rd is Germany’s official national day, you’d be forgiven for missing it altogether. No drinking, no loud music and a conspicuous lack of flags. For an Aussie girl it was almost a relief from the trials of January 26th.

Meanwhile this coming Saturday Leipzig will celebrate the 21st anniversary of its “Peaceful Revolution”, the one which would eventually bring down the giant wall dividing east from west. I’m on a steep learning curve here. When it comes to the history and culture of my new home, I’m a complete beginner. But here’s something I do know: this is an important week for Germany. Sunday wasn’t just Reunification Day, it was also the day my sister Sarah arrived in Germany. Reunification or not, there’s celebration in Leipzig. Herzlich willkommen Sarah!


8 Responses to “Reunited”

  1. 1 lesley October 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    So good to see happy faces all round – have a great time together lots of love

  2. 2 Arthur October 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    So wonderful to see my daughters together again, along of course with Rose. That is a great photo Ally. Rose obviously still loves that red spotted ball that we were kicking around with her a couple of months back. Enjoy this precious time together.
    Love to you all,

  3. 3 Leise October 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Aw lovely girls! You all look SO happy. I really wish I could have jumped on that plane with you Sarah…. but I will next time. Enjoy this amazing time together and have exciting adventures. Lots of love and hugs, Leise xoxoxox

  4. 4 Jill October 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hi Sarah….since we’ve been away, it was fun to come home to your happy face on the computer screen….from Germany. Time gets away from us.
    NOW…hi one and all…Ally, Tony and Rose. Please give Rose a big hug…she’s looking so grown up..and happy. Continue to love these blogs. It’s been our travel substitute this year…Until this week when we went inland and north the the NSW/Qld border complete with a boatride from the property where we stayed the first two nights, down the flooded river under the new town bridge and over the area where we staged a music concert last time in drought conditions. C’est la vie (can’t do the Deutsch). Lots of love, Jill

  5. 5 Mirjam October 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Jill this is for you and of course for Alison’s German vocabulary:
    “C’est la vie” in German: “So ist das Leben”.
    How funny that the reunion with your sister took place last weekend. I hope you will have a great time together and Alsion, I hope you will use your car very often with her.

  6. 7 Gerri Frederiksen October 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Ciao Sarah!
    Wishing you a wonderful sisterly (and auntie and sister-in-law!) time together.
    Love Gerri..xx

  7. 8 Mirjam October 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hallo Alison,

    das funktioniert schon sehr gut!


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