Monday, February 4, 2008

Something of the old Europe I used to love is finally revealed

I lived in Europe for several years in the 1980s, and truly enjoyed the adventure of never knowing what button, lever, or foot switch would flush the toilet. I hitch-hiked through Yugoslavia (it was still there then) right after the Olympics, and sometimes I still get upset thinking about all the beautiful scenery and generous people who got chewed up on Bosnia and Kossovo.

I read about Europe these days, mostly, and I don't think I'd like to live there any more. It's becoming a pretty grim, in many ways colorless, "workers' paradise" with overtones of a social Muslim invasion.

One colleague just back from Germany put it to me this way: "The Germans aren't the Germans you used to know."

Ah, but at least they still like to take off their clothes....

Travel agency OssiUrlaub.de has started offering nudist flights from Urfurt to Esedom. You have to wear your clothes onto the plane, and put them on again before getting off, but for a mere 499 Euros you can sit through the short flight au natural.

The flight attendants will remain clothed for safety reasons, and my own experiences with the buckles on airplane seat belts makes me hope they padded them.

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