Checkpoint Charlie where Spaniards and Poles now meet.

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Ge Ko on March 16, 2009

Ian, dort war ich 1990 zum 1. Mal. Die Rolling Stones gaben ein Konzert.

Mein zu Hause ist keine 100 km von dort.

Freundliche Grüsse,

Ge Ko

Ian Stehbens on March 16, 2009

I trust that you enjoyed the Rolling Stones concert, Ge Ko! What a different place this is today from what it was in 1990.

I would love to sit with you and hear your thoughts and memories of your visit here in May 1, 1990: midway between 9 November 1989 and 3 October 1990.

In another message you have already indicated a couple of your big questions about "Why?", so you have given me some insight into your thoughts, which I value.

Thank you very much, Ge Ko.


PS: I wonder what Rolling Stones lyrics might relate to this: The following comes to mind -

Gonna find my way to heaven, `cause I did my time in hell

I wasn't looking too good but I was feeling real well

Their lyrics were reference to turning from the hell of drugs and booze, but 1989 was a turning from the oppression of propaganda, political fear, military oppression and political unforgiveness.


Ge Ko on March 16, 2009

Ian, the first misunderstanding. The Checkpoint Charlie was waypoint to the Olympic stadium in Berlin. The concert was in the stadium. The 1st Times in summer or autumn 1990.

The historical event (the reunification of Germany and East Germany) and the concert of the Rolling Stones are two different things.

On this day (October 1990) I looked at the control point for the first time.

The Checkpoint Charlie was for the citizens of the GDR Sperrgebiet (prohibited zone).

I hope that with the English language, it is better!

My English is very, very bad. I understand a few words of the songs.

Cordial greetings from Germany,

Ge Ko

Ian Stehbens on March 17, 2009

Dear Ge Ko,

Yes I understand what you have said. The Wall was opened on November 9, 1989. You went to the Rolling Stones concert in summer 1990 and saw the Wall then. The Unification was finalised 3 October 1990.

Friendly greetings from Australia,


Ge Ko on March 17, 2009

Yes Ian, the understanding is difficult when the language of the partner does not know. The translator can also be just the simple words. Proper discussions are not possible. There are many misunderstandings.

Friendly greetings,

Ge Ko

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