Like any major city in the USA, this one in Europe is truly multi-cultural.
You can see every race, color, creed and nationality trudging along doing its thing. Unlike the USA you hardly see any cops. You see huge police buildings hugging many of the major intersections.
Every district is neatly organized into shopping, church, market, fast food, and even the legal prostitution houses run by the Russian mob are neatly integrated next to the drug stores, and office buildings.
Nobody on the outside would know that over 1350 organized mobs wine and dine here.
Yes the medieval architecture; the cathedrals and castles from 1000 years ago, and how they blend into the modern landscape is mind blowing, as are the asian tourists that stream through touring Europe in three days like a non stop revolving door.
But the tourists dont live here, and they just take their pictures and after an hour or so are gone before the next swarm comes in.
For me the endless stream of tour buses, the chatter of English, French, German, Chinese, Russian, African, South American, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and Dutch and Portuguese and Indian is just window dressing.
Something weird is happening here, and its a lot more than just hamburgers, cordon bleu, curry brats, cappuchino and wine and beer.
As fast as the State of Europe is growing and expanding, faster still is Europe dying as the world stops by and visits.
Monday, December 27, 2004
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