#88 | Wednesday, September 19th, 2001
I was waiting to meet the French President Jacques Chirac. He was visiting Rennes.
Then at 3:45 pm (local time), a policeman came and said us that the President was going back in Paris. We were very surprised and ask Why ? He says... a terrible attack on the USA...
Then I run in my car to listen the radio... it was incredible !
Alexandre | 23 | France

#89 | Wednesday, September 19th, 2001
I'm sitting at my desk at work, having arrived only minutes ago. I'm alone in the room. Someone passes by the door calling, "Did you hear that?"

"No, what?"

"Two planes crashed head on..."

"Oh man," I think.

"...into the World Trade Center."


For the next two hours we all watch tv in the conference room in solemnity and shock, before intermittently trying to go back to our desks and work.
Anthony | 25 | Florida

#90 | Wednesday, September 19th, 2001
I had been working all day, taking a course that specific day in a training complex in Bilthoven (The Netherlands), so we were kinda cut off the outside world. It wasn't until I got into my car and turned on the radio that I heard the diskjockey tell the listeners that they changed the music picks because of the terrible tragidy in the USA. For a few seconds I thought they were pulling another joke, but when I changed the channel to a news radio station I was shocked to find out the terrible truth.
Morgan de Jonge | 23 | Netherlands

#91 | Wednesday, September 19th, 2001
I woke up around 11:00 and heard something on the phone mail system at school (Champlain College). Aaron said something about Tvs being put all over campus, becuase of such a severe incident. I said out loud to my roommate "What incident". "The World Trade Center just got hit by a couple of planes" he says. I wanted to scream, but felt no feeling for anybody in the terriorts attack. Even now, it just does not seem real ):
Michael | 20 | Vermont

#92 | Wednesday, September 19th, 2001
i woke up late. like at 11:45.
i had a cup of tea i think. then just screwed aroung listening to all these 45s i had got a few days before. smoking and reminiscing. i hadnt gone online or put on the radio or tv yet.
then the phone rang and i didnt get it and thought they didnt even leave a message so i was pissed.
i went to the kitchen to make mac and cheese and saw that the person did leave a message.
i pressed play. it was my dad. he said 'a terrible disaster has happened to the world trade center. better put on the news and call alison [my sister] if shes up..'
at first i was just like 'omg why do i need to call her? its cant be that bad to have to call my sister over it'
i put on the tv and just saw allll this smoke from somewhere. i didnt even know it was new york at first...i thought it was in boston. then i saw the shot of the towers. one with a huge black gash in it and suddenly i saw the second plane come in from behind it and explode. i thought it exploded mid air and not into the building for a while. but then i realized it slammed into the building. it was so weird. at first i was just like 'how did someone get this on tape?' noone was saying anything and it was incredibly surreal. then they showed the towers collapsing and some reporter said 'it looks just like a banana being peeled'. i was stunned. still stunned that that actually happened. that the wtc is GONE. amazing and shocking. i havent stopped watching the news.
i cant imagine what those people who have lost someone are going through. the fact that they are praying for a miracle. that it isnt final. the search for life isnt over. its all too much. but astoundingly this massive disaster has ressurrected this country's unity and altruism in many ways. just nothing will be the same after this. i've never experienced anything this big and important before.
my love. my heart goes out to all those dealing with this situation. it is a test of character and courage.
thank you.
suzy lux | 25 | Massachusetts

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