Hello Frankie 😊
how would you like it if I said I wanted to visit your place for... 2 hours?
Ive been in places for long and short visits. I like both. Sometimes I go back for more visits, when I have more time and if I liked it there. I wouldnt take it personally if somebody visits the city I live in for just 2 hours. If they wanted my advice, I would tell them to spend the entire 2 hours in the old center of the city. Or else choose one museum they like and just go to that. You are right that they would not be able to get to know the whole country and the people here in just 2 hours and they dont have to, to get some value out of the visit.
It takes ages to even get a brief understanding of a place foreign to you.
I dont think everybody is travelling to gain a complete education about places. Some just want to pick and choose what they want to learn, or even just have fun for a while in an exotic place.
As regards Paris, I have been there several times. My first couple of visits were not longer than a few hours. At the time, I just wanted to have a coffee in Paris, before hopping on the night train to get to Marsailles which interested me more at the time. The coffee stop was very enjoyable, and I found those short visits to Paris worthwhile.
As regards learning about a place and its people, I think it is best to flirt around the world, until something educational grabs ones interest. Then it becomes very meaningful. For me, that educational aspect has been to do with human rights. I visit war museums, museums of human rights, prisons... I didnt set out to find these things, but somewhere along the way, I realised I care about them, and that I want to know what is going on with the various aspects of humanity in the various places.
Sorry... I'm just angry to-day
Yeah, I can certainly relate to that. It happens to me too, when others dont care about the things I care about, and even more so when people treat what I am interesed in without the respect that I think the human beings in the situations I describe deserve.
[Edited: 2012 Mar 10 20:28 - Mell:49612 ]