Aleksandra: “Now our vote was counting”

“I was still young when it was 1989 and after. But I remember that earlier it was not right to say what you really thought. So you had to support things that you were not sure of or you pretended to support a statement you really disagreed. And then you had the chance to say what you really wanted to say and to think of your own, to vote in real elections. And your vote is counting. That was something interesting that we could discuss in school whom we really wanted to vote, of course is was the opinion of our parents. But still we were convinced that we wanted to support certain people, a certain president. It was an interesting moment.”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.