Conny and Chris

Conny and Chris

Interview

Conny and Chris

“Like two snails we wander through the wide world, slowly and with our house always on our backs. Currently from India to Austria, by land.”

Conny and Chris, what is Europe for you?

For us, Europe means a lot of culture, many languages & culinary diversity in a confined space, which we, as EU citizens, can easily travel at any time and without restrictions. Especially by traveling on other continents we have become even more aware of the fact that within Europe we quickly encounter communication difficulties on a linguistic level, but we have a common cultural understanding and thus quickly feel like ‘belonging’ within Europe.

In your opinion, what does Europe mean for your home country, Austria?

Many people in our country feel like Europeans, as part of a continent with a great, common history and take it for granted that they can move freely across the borders of the nation states. Unfortunately, nowadays many citizens also equate Europe and the EU and concentrate too much on negative aspects of politics – but forget that not even 100 years ago there were wars between the peoples and the political institutions brought us peace and freedoms that would not otherwise have been possible.

Is there anything else you want to say about Europe?

Within Europe, it is possible to reach many beautiful countries in a few hours by land. We hope more people will recognize this advantage soon and not only use the (unfortunately much too cheap) air traffic to visit the surrounding countries. Therefore it would be important to be able to use the train network Europe-wide cheaper.
Far too often the exchange between the countries is limited to the economic level, while in our opinion the personal level is much more important. We hope that in the future the decision-makers will also understand and support this. Good examples of how this is already lived are ERASMUS and discounted Interrail tickets for young people. Especially by traveling we have both recognized how important cultural exchange is and that it is not only fun, brings beautiful memories and great photos with it, but also positively influences our everyday life and living together with our environment.

Far too often the exchange between countries is limited to the economic level, whereas in our opinion the personal level is much more important.

Conny and Chris