I was living in Berlin, Germany when 9/11 happened. I was at home when my boyfriend called me and told me to turn on CNN because he had heard something about a plane hitting the WTC. I turned on the t.v. just after the second plane hit. As I sat there, watching the events unfold, I, for the first time, really realized what it meant to be an American. I realized that it was a real part of my personality and that the only thing I wanted to do was to fly back to the States and be with my family.
I was in shock for a few days, which then turned to depression. I found myself feeling paranoid on public transportation or when hearing airplanes overhead.
The Friday after 9/11, there was a gathering at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in which over 200,000 people attended. Berlin changed after that day, too. All western embassies (after the invasion of Iraz), especially the US, were blocked off with gates, tanks and guards. You can no longer walk or drive down the streets that the US and British embassies are on.
I believe America could have really learned from 9/11, but I see our country going in the same, if not worse direction than we were before 9/11.