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.