Sunday, February 25, 2007

DDR and the magic cinderblock

I am really full. I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten this much before. Today we went to the Familie Förester’s household to celebrate the birthday of our ‘Dad’ Klaus. This family has kind of been our host-family since we have come here. They’re really sweet people, with a really good ability to cook.
There was pretty much every kind of Teltow-Fleming delicacy that you could name, not least of which being klem kuchen with fresh cream. We had a very passionate discussion on the fact that the cream was actually with 13% less fat. That seemed to please people quite a bit.
Other than that the conversation was very interesting. They talked about the DDR days and how they compare to these days. Apparently, things are not all that better. While they all agreed that the freedom was nice, they do not like the fact that there seem to be very few jobs and no young people or doctors for that matter. Everyone, they said, is moving to the west.
It would seem like the whole world has this bigger and better syndrome. Like if I can only get to this place, than everything will magically fall into place and life will be good. I feel that people are often mislead about the West. The West does not equal a made life, what it does equal is an opportunity. I know plenty of people who have failed to achieve a good life in my spot of Canada, which is arguably one of the best places to live in today’s world. It still takes a heck of a lot of hard work.
Still, I understand that people really only want an opportunity in the first place.

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