Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Un-European

Years ago I worked with a woman who when asked her nationality (I can't remember the situation) described herself as European. I would never have felt comfortable saying that and the trip to Bruges brought this feeling home,

I loved Bruges and the Flemish people were great, but travelling through France then Belgium , I became aware of how un-European I felt. I'm not anti-EU, one of those people who is obsessed about preserving the pound and I can see the benefits of all clubbing together. But since we on our little island here, I don't think we will ever feel as much part of Europe as people who grow up on its mainland. No matter how many tunnels under the water we have, we aren't living as close to each other as the rest of Europe are and our collective lack of language ability adds to this feeling of separation.

I wonder if the residents of Hawaii feel the same about being part of the United States of America? That they are apart of it, but not as much as someone in, say, Kansas?

3 comments:

Herman said...

hi, great you loved the Flemish people ;-)
i don't think that feeling "european" is something that we already share, i didn't hear it from any of my friends up till now.
We could have drunk some beer together as i live only 40 kilometres from Bruges.
Did you visit the pub "Brugs Beertje" (Little bear of Bruges) ?
LT member Lunar18

SandDancer said...

Herman - I did visit Brugs Beertje - that is where the coconut bowl photograph below is taken. I remembered just I got home that you were from near there. I can see now why you were so interested in good beers in your reading last year.

M said...

Greetings from America. I actually don't think of Brits as being European - I view you as something separate and apart, with your own brand of everything, uniquely you, not lumped in with the Europeans at all. A mighty culture for a small 'island'. Bravo!