One of the best ways to get a worldly view in a short amount of the time is to travel Europe. Europe has a rich multicultural history that books often leave out. This is your chance to gain insight into some of the most interesting areas of human history as you travel Europe. Each country has its own unique history of different ethnic groups just waiting for you to explore.
Scandinavia is made up of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. While Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegians and Swedes make the majority. The Sami people of the far north are a small minority group. Their traditional clothing is a rich array of colors with beautiful patterns interwoven into the cloth. When you travel Europe you get a chance to see the lifestyle very few know about. Be sure to bring a thick coat and hat because the far north of Scandinavia is cold year round.
As you travel Europe to enrich yourself, a stop in Spain to eat Catalans, a mixture of delicious red peppers, eggplant and zucchini makes you enjoy the spice of life. Spain is the birthplace of the intoxicating flamingo, a dance with its roots in many pots. Don’t be afraid to give the dance a try as there are plenty of dancers willing to help a novice.
A little discussed ethnic group that is disappearing is the Sorb of Germany. As you travel Europe, you will see signs in English, French, Spanish, Germany but also Basque, Sorbian and Catalans. It may be difficult to read the signs in these less commonly spoken languages but in tourist areas, the signs are printed in two languages. For example, in Sorbs area the signs are also printed in German.
Bretons don’t live in Britain but in Brittany France. The Bretons are in danger of disappearing as an extinct ethnic group. One reason why it is important to travel Europe is to get a chance to see these ethnic groups before their rich culture disappear forever. The Bretons in particular have played an important role in world history and have built beautiful castles.
When you travel Europe, you take not only a vacation but also an opportunity to see into the lives of others such as English, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Bretons, Roma, Sami and many others. It is important to travel Europe today not tomorrow, because an important part of Europe is vanishing. In the next few years, the remaining Sorbs and Bretons will be fully integrated and a chance to see their rich culture will be gone forever.