Happy new year everyone. I've been flying around to lots of countries in the EU on this really super-cheap airline called http://www.RyanAir.com
. Most flights cost less than 1 euro plus an average of about 30 euros tax and duties. You europeans should definitely look into it... you can go to some really interesting places, just look at the Flash map which shows all the routes.
One of the last places I went to was the Canary Islands, Tennerife. Unfortunately it wasn't the tropical paradise I imagined. Instead it was just a massive nursing home island full of europe's old people. The temperature was nice and warm though (20-28 degrees celsius).
As an alien to europe I'm busting to give my take on europeans. Prepare for some sweeping generalisations!
The Italians are very funny people and they communicate with hand gestures as much as through talking. They're also a little dysfunctional for example with their crazy driving. It is fitting that one of their most famous buildings is the lop-sided Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Germans are very friendly and somehow they eat the heaviest/richest food without getting fat. And they love blowing up fireworks. Also their train system is the best (just like the stereotype the trains were always on time). Their autobahns are a great idea.
The French, present company excluded
, are a little difficult to deal with. I could swear they all know english but sneakily refused to use it. Lucky I knew just enough french to get by.
The Spanish are the best dancers, seems like they're born with the rhythm.
Even though I've only been in europe there have been Americans everywhere and they're always positive and cheery. There are also Polish people travelling to and from Poland that we have bumped into who are always happy to chat.
The Dutch have a really funny language, they love riding bicycles, and apparently a massive chunk of their country is below sea level. They have this saying - god made the world, but the Dutch made holland.
One thing I don't understand about the europeans is that apparently they can't understand one another even when they are both from the same country. For example, I'm told that people from the north of Germany can't understand people from the south. Similarly in Spain. But in all english speaking countries we can understand each other easily even though we are on different continents...?