Given that I’m currently traveling, this week’s theme about borders, walls, frontiers fits perfectly! While the Wall’s no longer up, this week we also welcome East Berlin to our group of sync-bloggers, so the name of our group must now change into little** not-bluespadesbiking**woodly* on berliner *bass, eh 😉 On the topic at hand, I remember that I wrote an address to the AUBGgraduating class in 2004… But digressions are not allowed today! 😉 I just looked at the map, and it says I’ve traveled to 150+ cities in 35 countries across the world… Not bad in such a short time 😉
|source: my TripAdvisor map|
Now, think back to 17 July 1994, early morning, as well 😉 After 2 weeks of summer school on Justice & Power in Transition Societies, in Camucia di Cortona, a very good friend wanted to take me on a trip to Geneva. Though I didn’t have a visa for Switzerland, he’d started talking about the (then!) recent celebration of the Schengen Agreement, and decided to smuggle me in, through France. On that glorious Sunday morning, I got stranded on the mountain top, unable to make it to Chamonix, and seen back into Courmayeur by a wonderful French police officer who’d never before seen the Valley of Aosta, and thanked me for the opportunity 😉 On that evening, Italy lost to Brazil in the World Cup Final, while I took a night train to Rome, and caught my flight back to Bucharest on Monday morning.
|courtesy of a good Samaritan 😉|
I’m older now, possibly wiser, definitely less adventurous, so I no longer attempt border passing without a proper visa in my passport… You may imagine that otherwise I wouldn’t be able to travel to 35 countries (and counting, hopefully!) 🙂 But let me tell you, I’m really glad that borders are a lot easier to pass through these days, and I’m extremely grateful to all the wonderful people that made my travels possible! Think back to the times when this song was written, and you’ll undoubtedly see why… Referring back to that 2004 commencement address, I guess I like this future 😉