Lost bearings in Neuruppin

XQ is staying in a hostel for students of a technical college. The hostel is in Tresko, the southernmost district of Neuruppin. There’s not much out there; a Soviet communications and observation platform, a few farms, and a petrol station. There used to be a ball-bearing factory, but it was closed down as it was simply unable to compete with Western factories. It’s the same story all over Eastern Germany. The old factories are about thirty years out of date, and aren’t really suitable for anything except closing.