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Old June 24th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #14401
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Poland is central European.
Heck, even the western half of Romania is geographically in Central Europe.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:00 AM   #14402
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I can't say who is the noisiest, I'd say pretty much anyone on holiday

But there is one specific thing I hate in Mediterranean peoples (Italy and Spain at their best): the absolute lack of knowledge of this people's own position in the world. Not in a geographical reference meaning, but as the people move around without caring of what's around.
People walking in a crowded street and suddenly stopping in the middle of it to take a look at the phone. People gathering for a chat blocking an aisle or a tight passage. People walking on bike lanes even if the proper space is one meter away. Groups who tend to occupy all available space, whatever the place or why they're standing there.
Not to mention the inability to form a decent queue.

They don't do that by purpouse, they're made by nature to spread disorder through any civilized space
This is one thing I can't stand.

I think that Italians and Spanish tend to speak loud too often in public, but probably it's because I can recognize a latin language more naturally, so I'm more concentrated on those episodes.
What really ashames me is WHAT this people say. I'm ashamed of how stupid an Italian can be when abroad. It always seems 95% of the country never travelled before...

Well, it's pretty clear that I don't like the average behaviour of my countrymates...
I learned a lot of time ago that every country has its pigs and its polite guys, but still I prefer living amongst northeners and acting in such a way I'm mistaken for a local
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #14403
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For the United Nations Statistic Division is Eastern Europe

BLUE = Northern Europe
RED = Eastern Europe
AZURE = Western Europe
GREEN = Southern Europe
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:05 AM   #14404
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There are about a gazillion definitions of Europe, let's not waste time on this.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:15 AM   #14405
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Poland: Central Europe for Poles, Eastern Europe for Western Europeans. Happy?
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:17 AM   #14406
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:25 AM   #14407
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Poland: Central Europe for Poles, Eastern Europe for Western Europeans. Happy?
My ex hungarian GF used to say the same concerning Hungary, that's not Eastern Europe but Central and she didn't lose occasion to "correct" me everytime I said the contrary. Seems that to say it's Eastern Europe is an insult or something similar I remember also I saw stickers in Budapest with written Mitteleuropa and the hungarian coat of arms
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:39 AM   #14408
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Is that why you broke up?

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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #14409
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #14410
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I think the best recipe is that Western Europeans stop nagging that we are Eastern Europeans, and "Eastern Europeans" stop nagging that we aren't. Everyone call us whatever they/we want and that's it.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 01:55 AM   #14411
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....People walking in a crowded street and suddenly stopping in the middle of it to take a look at the phone....
That's a pet peeve of mine (and I haven't been in Italy in years). Or people strolling along slowly chatting on the phone when I'm trying to get some place. (Philadelphia's sidewalks are rather narrow, so passing isn't always easy, or possible.)
I've pondered getting a T-shirt made: "If you can't walk and talk at the same time, either SIT DOWN or SHUT UP!"
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:01 AM   #14412
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That's not just southern Europe but universal I'd say. In supermarkets all over the world large committee's seem to conglegate in the middle of an isle...
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:08 AM   #14413
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All right, I have a belated contribution to the good-reasons-to-fill-up-before-using-the-bathroom debate*: Clean hands. I like to wash my hands after pumping gas. If I'm going to, at the same rest stop, use the bathroom, buy gas and buy something to eat, I'll probably buy gas first, then use the bathroom (might even wash my hands both before and after), then buy food. That's if I'm going to eat while driving**, and if I'm not desperate to use the bathroom. Even if I am desperate to use the bathroom, gas - followed by washing my hands - will still come before food.

If I'm going to eat before I leave the rest area, then I'll put buying gas last.

*By the way, was all that talk about "resting" actually referring to taking a nap, or at least taking a break? "Resting" doesn't really work for, well, using the bathroom or buying something to eat.

**Is eating while driving - something like a burger or a sandwich that you can keep on the passenger seat and manage with one hand - something a European would never dream of doing?
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:19 AM   #14414
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If I'm going to eat before I leave the rest area, then I'll put buying gas last.
Why is that?
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #14415
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Why is that?
'cause then I'm eating before I've used my hands to pump gas.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:32 AM   #14416
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You can wash them after pumping gas.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #14417
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I find there's sometimes still a gasoline odor after I've washed them.

Perhaps I'm being unreasonably fussy here....
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:42 AM   #14418
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To be honest, I can't remember the last time I filled gas and made a break at the same time. Must've been years. It just doesn't happen to me for some reason.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 02:44 AM   #14419
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Okay, this has nothing to do with rest areas or cell phones or rude truckers, just a stray question:

A reporter on the BBC a few days ago mentioned "parliamentary elections in Germany" on June 29.

What's Germany voting for next Friday? Are there really national elections I've somehow heard about nowhere else, or...?
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Old June 24th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #14420
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Why should they? They drive in complete sitting rooms, equipped with tv, fridge, bed...
The only thing that is missing is a toilet and shower, but you can get these inside the services...
Which makes me think about this - campers/motorhomes and caravans have since ages these compact facilities in them with chemical WC and shower... why truck manufacturers don't use this technology too. Maybe truck cabins would have to be built some 0,5-1 meters longer to have the space, but this is not such a difficulty.
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