9/11 Remembered: In Brief

9/11 Remembered: In Brief

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(On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the coming days we will re-run many of those stories to commemorate a day in the history of the United States and the world that will long be remembered.)

“9/11 Remembered: In Brief”

The following brief accounts of 9/11 were submitted by four different writers or readers of Tales Told From The Road and were originally published together on September 28, 2011.

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I had just parked my car at work when the radio stations were all interrupted and making the announcements about the attacks. It was frightening to hear as they spoke about the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Pennsylvania field attacks back-to-back.

I was scheduled to head to Central Florida with a co-worker to make a presentation the next day and she and I conferred and requested that our supervisor postpone the trip. We felt we needed to stay put and assess the situation and most of all, be with our families.

By Josie Gulliksen

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I distinctly remember coming out of the shower, into the bedroom of our California home and questioning my mate’s choice of watching violent programs on TV at such an early hour. At the time, I was working for Food & Wine Magazine (AMEX publishing) located at the site. By the time I got to the office, and for at least the next month photos were streaming live and stories were being told.

The reason I share this is because I was in Bangkok, days after the bombing of one of their most popular department stores, where a shrine had been set up.

Incense burning, people stopping to pray. Great disappointment and sadness all around me.

I couldn’t help thinking I was experiencing Thailand’s 9/11.

It was not quite the same, but it reminded me that there are “Terrorists Among Us” at home, as well as abroad.

(This story was also posted to the LinkedIn Travel Editors & Freelance Journalists Group by the author.)

By Krystina Marie Price

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I was in Herford in Germany, when the first images appeared on the televisions in the Gymnasium.

I ran.

People were saying “Terrible accident.”

I immediately said that it was not any accident!

(This story was also posted to LinkedIn Travel Writers, Photographers and Tourism Group by the author.)

By Ian Mallory

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I was going up an elevator in Toronto, Canada, on my way, with my business partner, to speak with a potential customer with our new, highly financially valued, software company.

The elevator TV monitor showed the disaster unfolding. I’ll never forget my being stunned.

(This story was also posted to LinkedIn Travel Writers, Photographers and Tourism Group by the author.)

 By Andre Hugo


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