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Are you or have you lived or travelled in Europe?

If so, some ICM Students would appreciate if you would contribute to this thread.
10 years ago, May 6th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #72109  
Dear Everyone!

We are a group of students from Amsterdam that study International Communications Management.
At the moment we are doing our research minor and it is about travelers through Europe. We had a few questions that we were hoping you could help us with.
We want to know all about your experiences through Europe, the good and the bad. Also what kind of presumptions did you have about the countries you were going to visit and were they true or not? Did you had any pleasent surprises or really bad ones! We want to know everything!!
And for the European travelers going through Europe we ask the question: How European do you feel?? Or not?? Do you see yourself as an European first or a citizen from the country that you were born.

We promise you that this is strictly a school project and any information is only used for that purpose. If you want to answer but have doubts about our intentions, please contact us and we can get you in contact with our teacher to reasure you.

We would really appreciate if you guys could help us out. Of course at the end of the project we will absolutely post our findings and let you know what we found out.

If you have any more questions, please let me know! I'll be more than willing you help you and I'm looking forward to your responses!

Kind Regards!

Timothy Reply to this

10 years ago, May 6th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #72124  
Hello Students 😊

How European do you feel?? Or not?? Do you see yourself as an European first or a citizen from the country that you were born.

I was born and lived in Ireland for most of my life. I live in Germany now and also lived in England. I have travelled in around 15 to 20 European countries. I think of myself as European mostly, rather than Irish only. This feeling becomes stronger when I travel to other continents.

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10 years ago, May 6th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #72125  
Thank you mel for your response!!
This is really good information for us, keep dropping by for updates!!


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10 years ago, May 19th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #73268  
B Posts: 105
I am an Australian currently living in London and have been here for almost a year now. I've travelled through some parts of Europe as you can see from my blog, and have lived and travelled around Europe previously. I have to say that my travels around Europe have been nothing but pleasant. Its been easy to get around, people have been friendly and none of the sights have been disappointing. Strangely enough my two criticisms about my European travels (and this is a generalisation) would be that people smoke a lot more here and that littering seems to be a lot more common. I think that because we always view Europeans as enlightened and forward thinking I was a little surprised by this. Oh, and its always more expensive than you think! Reply to this

10 years ago, May 22nd 2009 No: 5 Msg: #73602  
I was born in Canada , lived most o my life in Holland i travelled a lot , Spain, England, france, belgium, swiss, austria, germany, Italy, Yougoslavia, Canada and USA, I dont feel realy Dutch so i dont think i ever feel european. Its not that i hate it but i think we as small country paying way to much for europe and this country will always be sucked out because they think if we pay more we can say more and that the bg countries will never allow. More countries that hardly pay will always say more. 1 Europe means 1 kind of tax % , 1 Europe meens 1 law same prisons and same rules.

Goodluck with your project Reply to this

10 years ago, May 22nd 2009 No: 6 Msg: #73662  
Everyone thank you for your responses!! You seriously are of great help!!

Cheers the ICM Students Reply to this

10 years ago, May 25th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #73839  
N Posts: 3
I cannot imagine how I can become reserved, be locked just in my place? And even though I've not travelled to anywhere yet I certainly feel very much more as an european liver than as my country's citizen. Well, I suppose I can almost feel as in Europe just in New York city and else in a few cities. In truth I'm incredibly opened person to all people and to all the corners of the Earth.
Truly my heart is in France, but I live in other side of Europe. Reply to this

10 years ago, May 25th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #73859  
N Posts: 19
well... I can say my experience is somehow similar to the ones above...I travelled extensively in Europe ( Spain, UK, Germany, Holland, Greece, Sweden, Denmark...Austria, France and so on) I lived in Ireland for a period of 3 months, I lived in the US for a year, I lived in Peru for a summer... ok....but you know what? I still feel Italian. and I am quite proud of it....Maybe because, in US particularly, people were incredibly gentle with me (and my accent) when they knew about my origins...
Italy is propbaly not only pizza and mafia and people love some other aspects of our culture... Hopefully...
anyways... when I am travelling aroun the world... I still feel Italian, rather then European... and I do believe there are many people out there feeling preatty much the same... Europe has been a drem for centuries.. but our countries are all so beautifully diverse.... One thing more: Erasmus and other International Student Exchanges Programmes.. have been played an important rule so far...and I believe they help young generations building new bridges...

Good luck with your papers.
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10 years ago, May 25th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #73910  
Hey Yall, I am an American, Born in Texas and first got to experience Europe in October of 2000. I and a group of friends went to Paris ,Then Avengon.Then Nice With a quick trip into Italy (San Remo). Since then I have been lucky enough to return to Paris twice and Nice again, Barcelona, Roujan (france) San Sebastian (Donastia) Bilbao, Andorra, Rome,Cinqua Terra,Pizza,Lucca and San Gimiganno. The first time is always the best but I have always enjoy the trips though some were more comfortable than others ( In Barcelona in August with 9 people in a apartment with a non functioning toilet.) In all the places I have been Rome was the most "Touristy" especialy around the Roman Forum and The Arc of Tiberius. I had been told that parisians were Rude and hated Americans ( this was pre 911 and the folloy that G Bush started in Iraq) but nothing was farther from the truth. The Parisian I encountered were warm friendly and very helpful with directions and other inquires. I love travling in Europe and am looking forward to my next visit. I hope to watch the Palio Di Sienna for my 60th birthday. August 16, 2010. Good luck on your project. Reply to this

10 years ago, May 26th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #73965  

And for the European travelers going through Europe we ask the question: How European do you feel?? Or not?? Do you see yourself as an European first or a citizen from the country that you were born.

I was born in the Netherlands and grew up throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the United States. I have dual citizenship: Dutch and American. I have felt Dutch most my life but got more "in touch" with my American identity when I moved back to the Netherlands for a year by myself. Since then, I feel 50/50, Dutch/American. However, I have done a fair amount of traveling, to developing countries especially, and when I do travel, I identity more as a Dutch citizen as opposed to American. Does that make sense? Let me know if you need any clarifications.

Ik neem aan dat jullie ook nederlands spreken! 😊 succes met alles. Ik zit nu in Azie maar verhuis in augustus naar Amsterdam. Master opleiding bij de UvA/ISHSS...heb er zin in! Hoop dat jullie genoeg feedback hebben gekregen! Grtjes. Reply to this

10 years ago, May 26th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #73966  
Thanks Everyone for your information! It is of great help, and will help make us look good during the presentation 😉 I'll keep you updated!

En Nikki!! Heel veel plezier in Azie!! En zie je in Augustus weer in het mooie mokum!! Groetjes!! Reply to this

10 years ago, June 24th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #77536  
Please, make all posts in English. Otherwise, it will be complicated for the moderators. 😉 Reply to this

10 years ago, June 25th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #77665  
I am British, and for the past year I have been living in France and Spain. Before I went, I thought of myself as European first, British second, but now it is the other way round, strangely! I feel like British people are seen as the outsiders of Europe, not only are we an island, but much closer to the USA in culture than the rest of Europe.

A lot of British people hold stereotypes of the French as being snobby and unfriendly - a stereotype I honestly didn't hold before I lived there, but although I met some lovely individuals, I did feel unwelcome in general, I felt like they almost didn't want me to learnt their language. The exception was other language students. In Spain, on the other hand, while I met the occasional unfriendly person, the general impression I got was of warmth and friendliness. And they know how to throw a party!

I have hugely enjoyed my travels in Europe, not least because Europe is so very diverse. I think European is a simplistic term when talking about the people that live there. There are so many cultures just in one european country.

I would like to visit Eastern Europe at some stage - I have a feeling that I would get yet another completely different view of the continent in which I live. Reply to this

10 years ago, June 27th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #77819  
B Posts: 119
I'm a born and bred Londoner. Although I only first moved to another country (Czech Republic) a few weeks ago, I always saw myself as, at the very least "European" rather than British... London has far too much cultural diversity to be rightly labelled under the name of one country. And I kind of feel the same way about Prague. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 3rd 2009 No: 15 Msg: #78330  
I was born in Italy but have lived most of my life in Canada. I don't think it can get much better than this. The heritage, culture and history of Italy and the opportunity of Canada. Like many others here, I too have travelled extensively in Europe from Northern Finland to Sicily and Portugal to Czech Republic.
Surprises? Well as one who needs to find a bathroom fairly frequently I am disappointed at the scarcity of such facilities in all of the European countries that I have been to. Travelling in Canada anda USA finding (free & clean) washrooms is rarely a problem. It is a bit disgusting needing to relieve oneself quickly and having to do it by the side of the road (where many others have done the same thing!) or having to find coins.
I really enjoy the friendliness of everyone we meet. Regardless of whether I speak their language or not, people are ALWAYS friendly. I have lost track of the number of times that I am hopelessly lost in a warren of streets in Spain or Italy or Croatia and someone simply says or indicates "follow me!"
For decades I have been amazed at the quality and economy of small cars in Europe compared to North America. They have been a pleasure to drive.
Speaking of driving here is one .... in Canada and USA you can drive from point A to point B simply by following very clearly marked highway signs through every town, village and rural area. After driving through Europe for decades we still find it very confusing trying to get from one town/city to another. Following highway number signs on back roads is hopeless. I know that the super highways are not too bad but the secondary highways seem to assume that only local drivers use them.

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10 years ago, July 6th 2009 No: 16 Msg: #78593  
B Posts: 5
I am from the US and recently lived for two years in northern Italy. I not only traveled extensively in Italy but as much as the rest of Europe as I could squeeze in and afford. I enjoyed every single moment. I met marvelous, friendly people who were always pleasant and patient in my pitiful attempts at a different language. I visited Spain, England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland and France. I feel very fortunate to have experienced such wonderful cultures and spend hours planning another trip.

Best of luck to you all on your research! Reply to this

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