As I write about the 9/11 memorial events this weekend, I think about the Mozart Requiem concert happening Sunday in Stanford's Memorial Church and imagine how peaceful the air will be inside. I always feel a breath of Europe there; even thousands of miles apart, historic churches have that wonderful cool smell.
I was an ocean away when 9/11 happened, sitting in my flat in Budapest planning an English lesson. The phone rang, I turned on CNN, and everything was different.
How did life change for Americans living overseas? I can say only that a few days later I wrote a column about how life was for this Yankee. It was never published, but now, feeling safe again in warm Palo Alto, I share it with you.
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