Peter and Angela Hofmann aren’t a typical German couple. For one thing, they met online, a rarity in this techno-wary country.
For another, the couple, both 55, moved this year from Berlin to rural Brandenburg state near the Polish border to open a pension, or bed and breakfast — a risky move in a down economy.
But most striking of all is where they come from: Peter, who was born near Dresden, is what Germans call an Ossi, a child of communist East Germany, while Angela is from West Berlin, making her a Wessi.
It’s been two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, yet the split between east and west is stronger than ever.… Seguir leyendo »