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Who Likes to Travel?

Who can resist seawater?

I know, I know, I’ve been a bad blogger, neglecting this blog for a while. And I had the intention to write about a lot of things, so I guess I’ll start at a random point – my recent trip to Croatia. Not to Zagreb and the Eurocon, but the later one, to visit my dad and my brother in Omišalj.

Snow in the Southern Europe. In the middle of May.

It was threatening to rain when I got into the bus in Belgrade; on my way to Omišalj, I passed through some dry weather, some downpours, and at one point, in Gorski kotar, we passed through snow. On the May 16th. The entire trip was a bit more than 500 kilometers, in Southern Europe. Go figure.

Stairs to one of the mini-beaches.

In my previous post, I was writing about learning new stuff. On this trip, I realized something that was probably pretty obvious: we learn new stuff all the time. I’ve learned a new way to eat a kiwi (cut away the top and eat the rest with a teaspoon), and I’ve also noticed some mini-beaches I haven’t paid attention to before. They’re pretty neat – the stairs are for sure-footed people, not your elderly grandma, but then you get to that little peace of stone for just two of you (or the four of you, depending on the size of the mini-beach), with your own entrance into the sea. Be warned, though: although the place is small enough and secluded enough that nobody but the two of you will have the room for sunbathing there, it is not your private beach in the sense that you can do there what you otherwise wouldn’t do in public (wink wink, nudge nudge, Know what I mean, Know what I mean?).

A mini-beach.

I’m happy to see my family, of course, but I’m always happy to see someone else who resides there: Roko, getting older and older, and more deaf, but still as adorable as always.

Roko, an elderly canine gentleman.

Enjoy in the pictures!

Cuddly as always – unless he sees you as a threat to the family.
A shadow on the stairs.
Sea in the rain.
Sea in the sun.
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"We Vegetarians"

They are all kittens, but they’re not all same.

You could easily change the vegetarians from the title with any other word, as in, we the waffle-lovers enjoy this, we the pie-eaters love that, to stick just with the food. What remains is the statement that WE ALL want this or that, love this or that, dislike this or that, and that is just wrong.

I remember reading an article written by a vegetarian lady, she said that people often think that vegetarians dislike the taste of meat, which is simply not true – they love the taste of meat and greatly enjoy, for example, the meat-flavored soy substitutes, like soy sausages. I have no doubt that this lady spoke the truth about herself, and perhaps about a lot of vegetarians she personally knows. However, I do have a vegetarian aunt who seriously dislikes the taste of meat, and who also hates substitutes, the imitations of meat or milk products which don’t actually come from the animals. If she’s not going to eat meat, milk, eggs, anything coming from animals, then she’s not going to eat it, and she won’t be looking for the substitutes either, not when it comes to the taste substitutes (she will look for the other nutritional sources, of course).
When we talk about vegetarians, we talk about a wide variety of people. Some of them don’t eat meat, but do eat milk and milk products, eggs, honey, some eat fish too – and some of them will look for meat-flavored food, while the other won’t. Then there are vegetarians who will eat milk but not eggs, and vice versa. There are those who will not eat anything coming from an animal. There are also those who will refuse to eat anything that was cooked or baked or fried, only raw stuff is acceptable. And, of course, they all have their reasons for doing so, some do it for health, or because they think eating animal products is unethical, some say they do it out of sympathy for the animals, and so on.
And this was just scratching the surface, there could be many other differences among the people who are all vegetarians in their own way.
The same could be said for any other group of people – for example, saying that all of us women want the same and are the same is simply ridiculous. Perhaps, instead of we vegetarians (or, let’s say, we women, since I’m not a vegetarian myself), it would be better to say many of vegetarians, or some vegetarians – but not all.
Maybe I’m nitpicking, but I really dislike these we (as in all of us, and without knowing the opinion of every one of us) statements, they immediately make me think: Hey, wait a minute, I know so-and-so who is (enter what he/she is) but is not like that at all! Come to think of it, I know a plenty of 9enter what they are) who are not like that at all!
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you ever get annoyed at such statements?