reflections and mysteries on the road
When you spend (comment: small reflection only: is it spend or spent? Looked it up for this occasion. Probably will forget again, as many other things...) that much time on the road there is to time to think, reflect and wonder.
Right now have three for you;
1. EU union
You see it in Belgium/our regions but the number of European projects/funding increases as I follow this trip. Every 100 Km or so that I drive, at least one sign mentioning this or that road/bridge has been funded by Brussels. For no other reason than that there was another one small sign during my walk in Sopot, that I mention it here. Have no real comment on the sign itself - as I have not paid European taxes for quite some years - other than the simple question in my mind where all that money is coming from......
I guess the way things are going in Belgium , soon there will be signs around poor areas with signs of the Polish flag saying "this is funded by the Polish government, who have enough income from Europe and millions of hardworking plumbers all around Europe".
P.S. do not ask me what the sign actually says, no clue. (see my comments on language later).
There is another small reason for putting this photo in. It explains with the small bottom signs what is locally called and refered to as TRIMIASTO (literally - the three cities). The combination of the cities of Gdansk - Gdynia - Sopot.
Gdansk the historical city (yes, Lech Walensa and the roots of Solidarnoc/fight for Polish independence)
Sopot the "Knokke" on the Baltic see, for over hunderd years prefered holiday place for Germans and Polish alike
Gdynia the more industrial city. My terminal was there but not planning to visit as "less interesting".
I like languages and we are so lucky in Belgium we get the opportunity to learn NL/E/F/D well and early in life. It certainly helped me in my professional life! During my stays in many foreign countries, I tried to pick up more (Spanish/Latvian/Romanian/Somali/Arabic) - even got formal lessons (usually abandoned very quickly .... (Russian/Polish) but it only resulted in a few jibberish words. Most of the time the locals are clueless if I use the occasional words I picked up. (Not like my friend Danilo who is really good and can tell some stories in Farsi (Iranian), Turkish and Arabic ...)
Anyway, my failures in Polish - read this and judge for yourselves.
The longest word in foreign language (as per Wikipedia, you can look it up);
a. Dutch = 40
- vervoerdersaansprakelijkheidsverzekering, "carriers' liability insurance";
- bestuurdersaansprakelijkheidsverzekering, "drivers' liability insurance"
b. English = 45
- pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest English word that appears in a major dictionary
c. Polish = 54 (but see comment underneath)
- Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięciodziewięcionarodowościowego, 54 letters, is the genitive singular form of an adjective meaning roughly "of nine-hundred and ninety-nine nationalities" (comment - notice the word roughly?!)
I have purposely excluded what was also in Wikipedia under Polish heading, thinking it more than crazy for the sake of crazy: Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćmiliardówdziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćmilionówdziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćtysięcydziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięciodziewięcioletniego (176 letters, meaning "of 999,999,999,999 years old").
3. Polish women
No, there will be no sexist story about who is the fairest in the world etc. There is beauty everywhere and particularly in The Horn of Africa and most slavic countries, if you ask me.
But what is so exceptional in Poland is that the ratio of beauty of women is at least 5-6x to their (ugly) men.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....
Comment: this is not done tongue-in-cheeck but genuine observations. I did not plan to upset anyone but for sure - and this is a test if she does read my stuff - my former secretary Daga (Dagmara) has very strong opinions and probably HAS to say something here. Sorry I cannot meet her/her family this time in Sopot - as a modern Polish family they are simply holidaying in Mauritius!
OK, enough of this.
Back to the road and day 4 (to follow).