Ciao, hola, bon jour, and cheerio! We had an amazing time in six countries of Europe (Slovenia and Croatia not represented in those greetings, because I wasn’t there long enough to pick up any vocab). But we were so ecstatic to arrive home to our FAVORITE country that we almost kissed the dirty floor of the airport!
I’m now more thankful than before for abundantly available ice, predictable traffic, nonsmokers, free and easy-to-find public restrooms and drinking fountains, and my dollar actually BUYING me something, just to name a few. I have newfound respect, however, for conservation–of space, resources, water, land, and gasoline. I think I may never complain about $4/gal. gas again, since Europeans are paying $9/gal.!
You will be thrilled to know that a certain brand of American capitalism is alive and well in Europe (see photos below in Florence, Venice, Versailles, Barcelona, and London). So if we’ve so successfully exported some of the worst parts of our culture, why are they still so much healthier than we are? More on that tomorrow.