This is a sentence that every member of AEGEE (European Students’ Forum ) knows, and I’m sure they all have used it more than once. This time I want to take it for my starting point as blogger for Th!nk about it.
Some months ago, after a one-week conference in Vienna dealing with different topics related to Europe, it was time to depart. I was pretending to say goodbye to some friends, but suddenly a polish guy suggested I shouldn’t do that. “We are living at the same place. Just knock on my door and we’ll meet”. And up to this moment I realized that we were all living in the same house, we should reach each other easily. And even knowing that, we still have some problems to contact our neighbours. Am I sure I could point the capital of Estonia on a map? Do I really know more than two cities in Romania? Which country is bigger, Poland or Spain?
It’s time to change, and we still have 4 months for our “speed course” on European citizenship before being prepared to vote for the next European Parliament. My aim will be to prepare myself and all the readers of this blog for this instant. It’s just a little moment, the time you need to take a paper, put it on an envelope and vote, that’s all. During the first week of June, the voice of Europe will be elected, the members of the new European Parliament will be chosen in each country. But have you ever th!nk about the meaning of it? Which will be the reasons for you to make your choice? Are you really taking care of our house if you don’t take part in democratic processes?
This blog will be mainly addressed to Spanish people, the ones I most know from experience, the ones I live with, and I am also a part of them. But it will be also for my other neighbours, the ones speaking other languages, the ones that can show me other way to understand our home, and those who will propose new ideas to enlarge the rooms of our building, which materials to use and how to come to the dinning room to discuss together. Some of my neighbours came a long time ago. They live in the upper floors. We came some time ago. And the newcomers have just entered the door and are coming upstairs, from the first floor. Anyway, we always meet in the kitchen to cook for all. Of course, guests are also more than welcomed in this house. We have enough place for everybody, and we will be glad to talk to each other and have a nice time.
At the end, the point I will try to show is that Europe is made for its citizens, and all the blogs of this platform should help to make them feel comfortable at home. That should be an easy task. Myself, I will have to discover many things, there are interesting corners that I still ignore, and together we will explore them in the next months. It will be an exciting journey, our own European adventure. Feel free to ask, comment and give your opinion.
Before concluding this post, I would like to thank M. G Varrenti, the artist of the house on the picture, for inspiring the idea. As he will also be publishing in this platform, you will be able to follow his thoughts on his Th!nk about it blog .
Finally, as you may already know, in case you need something just knock on my door.