Soviet era recollections #1 – Pineapples in Hungary

This conversation with a Hungarian friend grew from having heard other friends from Poland, the DDR and beyond talk about eating their first banana. Coming from Australia, I can’t remember a time without fruit. I grew up in the shadow of The Cold War though and my mother dragging me out of bed to witness the collapse of the Berlin Wall on tv is one of my earliest memories. Living in Switzerland now with its phenomenal standard of living, I find it fascinating to talk to friends and colleagues that experienced life behind the iron curtain.


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