I laced up his boots rider,wearing a helmet,I get in the saddle,I make the first ride ..
I leave Ravenna,I explore his surroundings with his eyes still a Romagna,however,eager to become a European citizen even before an Italian citizen. I discovered right away,the first few kilometers,after the first rivers,a beautiful Italian,Italy of its Italian.I find an Italy European open an Italy,an Italy hospitable,smiling an Italy that even sitting still has the energy to stretch the neck and watch two guys who are riding to the values dreams.I left Italy that knows how to excite with a challenge,before a start,before 2 children curious but simple.I like to bring with me this remembrance,an Italy European relaxing and stretching out to Istria,Croatia,Montenegro,Albania,Macedonia,Greece.More people than I thought speak our language,they study,they make their language as a friend.
Our bicycles with bags yellow and red of our Ravenna carrying in a nice even the Italian tricolor.That simple little flag and brings smiles,is bringing together people,speak.Where are you from in all its slang phrase is already the most pronounced and our flag helps us in the difficulties of communication.Ah Italian people say,from the Balkans to the valley that separates Macedonia from Greece,people look at us with the light in his eyes,because Italy,what they say,well seen,is well liked,is appreciated.When they see us coming,loads such as Santa's sleigh,we are studying the gaze of our spirit looking for the track and just get our brotherhood approach,offer to help,give us food or direct us on the right track.
In this way common to meet us I found Italy,I discovered Europe,I dreamed of open borders.
From St. Albert in Tirana,from the Adriatic to the Aegean I perceived the image of a Europe that is working to unite,to approach,to join.I like to think that Greece is Europe as Germany,Slovenia as Albania,Montenegro as Italy.
Meanwhile,we,humble cyclists,we do more waving flags,the ones where we come from,where we go and where we would like Europe to arrive,maybe a Europe with fewer boundaries and more sharing.
We take the hugs for the moment,the push and encouragement.Tomorrow I will be more Greek,I will be more European,I will be more a citizen of this world of which we still know nothing,but to which I pedal,making Europe with me.
Let's go Europe
From courage Europe
Cycling Slovenia - 18"W x 12"H - Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkeys
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Schengen Fact Sheet
24 European countries are party to the Schengen agreement. This agreement eliminates all internal border controls between them. To enter one Schengen country is to gain up to 90 days of continuous travel between the member states. American citizens traveling for business or tourism are not required to have a visa for this initial entry into the Schengen area, but...ing their visit, and could face possible fines or other repercussions if unable to do so.
The member parties of the Schengen agreement are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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