Today I went for a walk; I was trying to find Europe. After some steps I realized I had a big problem: how does she look like? I started to imagine a nice girl, walking around, being observed by the rest. She doesn’t talk much, and nobody knows really where she is. I’m sure it will be difficult to find her, nobody can help me.
-Sorry Sir, I’m looking for Europe. Perhaps you may have seen her today.
-No, I haven’t ever seen this girl.
I went on my way, and tried to find more answers.
-Sorry Madam, have you seen Europe?
-Well…not today, but I have seen pictures of her somewhere. Actually, I’ve seen many pictures of her. Try to look around. Good Luck!
Slowly I came to the train station and thought, perhaps the man on the ticket cabin could have seen her. He watches people going up and down, he knows everybody here.
-Sorry Sir, could you help me to find Europe? She is very difficult to find!
-Don’t worry, I will help you.
He showed me the front wall, and I recognized her. She had helped to rebuild the old station in the new one. But still passengers go through without paying any attention of her. Just the ticket seller listens to her, while she is talking from the wall.
This was just a short story to illustrate how we cope with our European context. Some people might think, Europe is something for politicians dealing with big issues in Brussels, orsomething easy to understand if we take into account the amount of cars travelling without any borders through the Member States.
And on the other hand, many people would be surprised to discover how many buildings or local infrastructures have been helped to develop with European founds. This was the case of the station in the story, located on a little town somewhere in Valencia, Spain. A shield with the European symbol has been there since years, but could be that nobody noticed it
Anyway, Europe is among us, or let’s say we are part of Europe and Europe is part of us. Maybe it is only a Europhile vision. Or maybe not…Just th!nk about it.
And remember, our Europe is still under construction. Just a little creative present to my readers
(Little creative present for the readers)