#1624 | Friday, August 30th 2002
I was at home, in my room, studying for my upcoming physics exam (I'm a biology student) when I decided to take a quick break and turned on the TV. More by accident than anything else I tuned into CNN and was shocked to see footage of the Twin Towers, one of which was on fire. "About 15 minutes ago an airplane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center" the newscaster said. I couldn't believe it. I had stood under that tower only 6 weeks ago on vacation! It couldn't be true. I jumped off the couch and grabbed my cell phone to tell my best friend about it. The reception was bad, so I went into the other room. I came back just in time to hear the newscaster announce that a second plane had hit the north tower. Now I was scared. How could this have happened? Surely not by accident. But if it wasn't an accident... I didn't let myself finish the thought. Instead my eyes and ears were glued to the TV as stories about two more plane crashes made the news. All the while I kept thinking "This isn't real, this can't be happening". It felt like a horror movie with two many special effects. But it wasn't a movie, it was real.
I didn't manage to study anymore that day. I spent most of the time in front of the TV, watching in horror, or on the phone with my friend. "Remember that nice guy we met outside the towers who gave us tips on where to take the best pictures?", she said, "You think he worked there?". I hope he didn't. I hope he was at home in bed, sick with the flu.

Stephanie | 23 | Switzerland

#731 | Tuesday, February 5th 2002
I was at work in a Mediadesign-Team here in Zuerich, Switzerland. There i saw these unbelievable pictures on CNN simultaneously over the Web, as like we are there.

My friends an i stoped the work for this day. We couldn't believe, what we saw ...

It was the first time in my life, when I asked myself, where i am ? It was a moment of hopeless and pain.

Hansjoerg Munzinger | 37 | Switzerland

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