You know I can't let German Reunification Day go by without at least touching on it a little bit, right? Those of you who read this blog even semi-regularly must've expected some mention of this one. Although I posted this a day early, the actual date of commemoration is 3 October.
Not only is it a very important historical moment, but I have the day off tomorrow.
'Wait, you always have the day off. Are you even employed?', I hear you asking.
Definitely employed. I'm so gainfully employed that I'm already relishing the wild and limitless impending celebrations. Celebrations that every last German will be participating in with enthusiasm and fervour. Well, maybe not.
Actually not at all. Many Germans I talk to say they can't imagine a Germany still divided. But that doesn't mean these Germans are actually celebrating reunification. They're speechless when they hear surveys cited where some former East Germans even say that they wish they could go back to the time of the Berlin Wall.
The response to this from the people who've been paying a Solidaritätszuschlag, which is a tax levied on many West Germans to help ease the transition of East Germany to a modern economy, is that it'd be nice to let those unhappy with the present situation go back to the old ways (if you really want to know more about this Solidarity surcharge, look at this Wikipedia article on Taxation in Germany).
But I'm getting far too deep into history and/or politics for a teablog. My obvious question is:
What tea does one drink for German Reunification Day?
I refer you to my middle of the road blend post from the summer. The perfect tea for both East and West Germany is an Ostfriesen Blend. No matter what one thinks about the politics or the Solidarity surcharge, all can agree that this sort of blend is something Germans can be proud of.