Eastern Europe Envy

I just came across this interesting piece —Six Enviable Traits From Eastern Europe— in Big Think by Francis Tapon who spent the past three years traveling in 25 Eastern European countries. Just six?  😉

Two stand out:

1. There’s one characteristic that all Eastern Europeans share, from Finland to Macedonia, from Slovenia to Ukraine—it’s toughness. Eastern Europeans are a gritty, intense, and supernaturally sturdy people. Communism, wars, and winters have sculpted their tradition of getting by with little. They may whine and complain, but they’ll endure any hardship and overcome any challenge with a stoic and grim determination.


3. Eastern European cities have outstanding pedestrian zones.

He also describes Slovenians as workaholics. Like the ego-trippin’ dude at top whose boots are certainly the envy of everyone he crosses paths with. He’s working over-time today –on a holiday no less– moonlighting as the subject for today’s LJ Pic of the Day.

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  1. Interesting for me to get an insight into life over there…my heritage is Hungarian/Rumanian so it explains many of the traits described here…and you Bob…are you a transplanted American?…you’re English is so good…

    1. Transplanted and replanted. 🙂 Was born here, moved to the US when I was two, and moved back to Slovenia eight years ago. Have you ever visited Hungary or Romania?

      1. No, I haven’t had the opportunity, but would love to see where I came from…sure you have..maybe you have some photos you can post…and I assume you’re freelance journalist..sure do envy all your traveling…let me know if you ever need an assistant 🙂

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