travelingmonkey: Travel Europe (europe)
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Hiya. I just wanted to first make a little introduction post. Obviously, I'm the creator/maintainer of this 'ere comm. I have long been using the various comms over on LJ, and I searched and didn't see any here, so I sought to remedy that. If you make one yourself about some other area/aspect of travel, I'd be happy to include it on the info page so we can spread the word around about all the travel-y goodness! ^__^

Anyhow. About me. I'm a female, in my late 20s, American, and enjoying my new life in Europe (and hopeful to be a Belgian citizen in a handful of years). I was bitten by the travel bug early in life, probably due to the fact that every school break my parents would take me on some vacation, whether it was to visit family in the next state, or go to a theme park in sunny Florida, we went somewhere. As a teen, I started having the dream of seeing the rest of the world, outside the US, one day. I didn't fuss over it though, as I didn't really think it would ever happen, and didn't want to be let down about that! But lo & behold, here I am, living in Europe! So, since moving, I have traveled a lot (12 countries & counting!), and will continue my explorations as time goes on. There is not really anywhere in Europe that I wouldn't like to see, and really I'd like to see most of the globe! Only time will tell how far I'll get. ~_^

I think that's probably about all the "important" stuff about me, as pertains to this comm, at least. Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments, and then get posting about Europe! ^___^

Oh, "business" related notes; I will be making tags & tagging guide soon. The rules are in place on the info page, but it's pretty much your standard no-brainer stuff - don't be a dick, tag posts, ask/post relevant stuff, you all know how it goes. Suggestions are always welcome, as are questions. Don't hesitate to contact me on my own journal page with suggestions/questions/comments/anything else, too. Am I forgetting anything?? Let me know!

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Date: 2010-09-15 08:13 am (UTC)
moem: A computer drawing that looks like me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] moem
Ha! No one but an American would speak of living in Europe, or of European citizenship. There is no such animal as a European citizen. You'll have to pic a country :-))
All of that aside, nice comm idea! I'll join, and post some pics of my most recent trip. Activity is good, right?

Anyway, I'm Dutch and I love to travel. See you around!

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Date: 2010-09-15 09:05 am (UTC)
moem: A computer drawing that looks like me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] moem
Yeah, sorry to be starting off on the wrong foot.
The vibe I was going for was 'I'm mildly amused', not 'you're an idiot'. I'm sorry that it came across that way to you.
In my defence: I'm commenting in a foreign language here. I'm sure you know how hard that can be... you must be doing it elsewhere, too?

In the Netherlands, we generally don't use the word 'Europe' to mean 'the EU'.
It's a bit of a problematic word anyway, since it has several different connotations. Europe in a geographical sense is not the same as the EU: different set of countries.
I would have responded differently to 'EU citizen'.

That said, yes, generally speaking Americans do tend to talk about Europe as a whole, whereas we Europeans (ha!) tend to speak of individual countries.
So in my view, your US roots were showing. Is that a bad thing? Not as I see it.
We're all different, and that's okay.

Please don't be mad. You're not being attacked.

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Date: 2010-09-15 10:59 am (UTC)
moem: A computer drawing that looks like me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] moem
it's just more natural for Americans to say "I'm going abroad to Europe/Asia/Australia" rather than name a specific location
I know, right? All my US friends do that.

Anyway, it's still a nice comm idea and I'm happy that you started it.

This comm might be relevant to your interests: [community profile] nederland
It's not active right now, but with the recent flurry of new users, who knows.

Good luck on the bureaucracy and Inburgering fronts!

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Date: 2010-09-15 05:07 pm (UTC)
yvi: Dreamsheep in Germany's national colors (Dreamsheep - Germany)
From: [personal profile] yvi
Ha! No one but an American would speak of living in Europe, or of European citizenship.

Um, really? I certainly do. I think I am pretty much as German as they come. I certainly feel more 'patriotic' about living in Europe than I do about living in Germany.

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Date: 2010-09-15 07:45 pm (UTC)
peaceful_sands: eliot spencer (i keep your picture)
From: [personal profile] peaceful_sands
This comm sounds like a great idea. I love travelling, have been to a fair number of different European countries (as well as travelling outside that - so I will be joining the other comm too :D). I love the variety of life, food, culture, architecture and art in so many of them and it's always great to find out what other people think too. Speaking personally, I'm less of a party animal, more of a history seeker. When it comes to museums, I'd rather go to an art museum or something that's vibrant and active than a series of displays, if you know what I mean. I also love seeking out beautiful natural areas and scenery. I've developed a bit of a love of photography, so again that drives the things I like to visit - something that makes for good opportunities for playing with camera settings sounds good to me, whether it be scenery or architecture.

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Date: 2010-09-15 08:26 pm (UTC)
peaceful_sands: butterfly (Default)
From: [personal profile] peaceful_sands
Have finally invested in a book to try and learn how to take some decent photos! All I can say at this point is thank heavens we've gone digital for the rate at which I take them! I have no actual real knowledge for what I'm doing and it's all either gut 'that'll look good' or 'ooooooh pretty, let me press this button and move this switch and see what happens'!

Look forward to following the comm and hopefully being able to work out where to visit next! Thanks for starting it. x