It was the German Unity Day yesterday. I am very grateful for a reunited Germany that brought freedom to so many people and that makes it possible for us to live in Brandenburg, the mostly rural area surrounding Berlin.
I took the pictures you see in this post in Dahme/Mark, a little town nearby our village. Isn´t it so pretty?
The sad thing is, many Berliners wouldn´t know. If you´re lucky, they have visited the Potsdam area, and maybe at one point they´ve taken a boat tour in Spreewald, but that´s about it really. Everything else is pretty much no-man´s land.
However, everyone seems to have a clear opinion about Brandenburg. I hear colleagues talking about how they had to drive through "those depressing Brandenburg villages" to get to an appointment. I recently read on a blog that you can only live in Brandenburg "if you have antidepressants injected intravenously" (or something like that, I can´t be bothered to go back and check). At a recent job interview I was asked whether I "have to live there"?! As in, can´t you afford living in Berlin? Why would anyone want to live in Brandenburg really?
I´ve mostly ignored comments like that, but recently I started to lose my cool and just want to punch people in the face. Yes of course, there are depressing places in Brandenburg. People are poor and can´t afford to fix up their houses, so sometimes villages still have the typical Eastern German greyness to them. Plus, Brandenburg is suffering from rural exodus, so houses, streets, whole villages are being abondened. But there also true gems to be found. Historically intact villages like out of a fairy tale, pretty colorful towns, vast fields and forests, lakes, wonderful people.
Go and see for yourself. I promise it won´t hurt.