“There is more culture in Europe”

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Salve means “to be well” or “Hi” in Latin. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had this word engraved on the footstep of his home in Weimar to greet his guests

Salve means “to be well” or “Hi” in Latin. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had this word engraved on the footstep of his home in Weimar to greet his guests

… Who doesn’t love Europe with their rich history, romantic buildings, ability to integrate the old world with new in everyday design and not to mention their adoring accents. We were discussing this with some new acquaintances at the tennis court last week and in light of us recently visiting the historic town of Weimar, Germany – a UNESCO world heritage site – it is quite true to agree that Europe indeed has more culture.

I took offence from the lady who suggested that to me. But being Canadian, the offence was only slight and it did take some afterthought to express in words why living in Canada is just as great. Maybe we don’t have records like Weimar dating back from year 899 and didn’t have the likes of Bach, Martin Luther and renaissance man Goethe walking around every corner. Nor is modernist architecture inspired by some of the greats – i.e. Bauhaus – our forte. But in my opinion, the North American culture is not just about boxed-up, cookie-cutter homes, chain businesses and ‘Flintstone’ sized products.

It is easy to find genuine friendly faces and growing local businesses with unique flair nowadays. And our knack for transforming (and embracing) an old idea into something different is uncanny. I mean, bratwurst chilli poppers with beer mustard just wouldn’t fly in the old country because that is “just not the way bratwursts are prepared” and you can forget about the Japadogs making it big here.

At the end of the day I find that one cannot compare the two cultures because they are diverse in many different levels. Instead we should simply embrace these differences and rejoice the fact that we will never stop learning from one another. People watching, eating oodles of cheese and taking advantage of the fantastic 5 Euro bottles of wine here have been my recent latest and greatest.

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