Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Every time I go to London I never want to leave. I don't know why, I don't even know it that well and I barely know anyone there but there is definately something. Every time I go I realise I miss it. Then again I don't know if I miss the place, or the person it reminds me of.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
When people say everything in Europe looks the same, they have obviously not looked close enough. 34.7 miles that is. Today I went the short trip from Vienna to Bratislava, supposedly the two closest capital cities in the world. This is my sixth time to Vienna and so I think I have a pretty good feel for the place, hence the trip outside the city. Crossing a border is always exciting, even if there is not much too it these days, especially in the EU. As a child I was jumping up and down waiting to hear the punch of the stamp against my clean passport letting me go discover a new land, even if it was just Ireland. Nowadays though there are just derelict buildings that represent an ambiguous border and only once you have changed mobile phone network have you really entered a new country. If you look closely you can see differences, even in the closest countries. The roads are different, the upkeep of public areas, fashion sense, language, history; the list is endless. The people and they way they live creates a totally different environment and central Europe is a great place to see it first hand.
As much as I love airports, the amount of time I have spent in them has shown me they an example of the genocide of hundreds of languages by the English language for example there are more people in China learning english than there are people in the United States. On a recent trip via Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, everything was read or done in English. Only a month before they were doing the safety briefing in both English and Dutch but now it was just in English. As much as I appreciate the need for a universal language of business, I am a budding linguist and I find it quite sad that these fascinating European languages are potentially on the way out.