Sunday, 11 June 2006

Different countries, different thinking

One of the things you find when you travel is that different nationalities have different ways of thinking. Slight changes of emphasis that make you shake your head in puzzlement - or burst out laughing.

For instance I went hiking in the Tuscan hills one day. I was chatting in a restaurant about the way I'd come, down the lanes and through a couple of hidden valleys. The response: "Why didn't you just come along the main road? It's shorter."

The Italians just don't get hiking. (Germans do. So do the French.) Look at a Roman road, dead straight and firmly paved, and you'll understand why.

Media Guardian has this fascinating piece on German television. Amazing. The Germans really do have a sense of humour. But it's a rather different type of humour from British fun. I think...

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