- Aug 3, 2009
Where were you?
In my bespoke carved-out mountain hideout.
I can't remember at the time, did anyone actually call this image out for the TOTAL CRAP it clearly was?
Yes, I don't think European flights (we were going to Vienna) were initially affected at all. I just felt kind of numb flying out - I don't think I (and possibly most people) could really process it all at that time. Flying back a week later was more terrifying.Did you end up flying?
I remember in school the next day a girl called Emily crying because her dad worked in Canary Wharf and she thought it was going to happen to him.
Way to make it all about you, Emily.
As someone who was far too young to remember I can’t really think of a comparable event on that scale since. The wars in Iraq/Syria happened over months/years as opposed to unfolding over the course of a couple of hours. I suppose Manchester hit a BIT too close to home.
I feel like that was more expected. That said a day after London won the Olympics was pretty savage.
Walking home from school age 13, bumped into a friend who told me about it and I totally didn't believe two massive buildings would just "fall down" so thought he was exaggerating or got the facts slightly wrong. Was then pretty dumbfounding watching it when I got home. I still can't quite believe the footage to this day.
The events of the day were terrible but the US’s reaction is the real legacy of 9/11Nothing prepared me for the footage of the buildings collapsing. It was horrific. I remember Bush's television address in which he basically said that the US would make no distinction between whoever was responsible and wherever (ie in which country) those people happened to be. Or to put it another way: brace yrselves, we didn't spend billions on these missiles for nothing. That was frightening in a different way.