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EU in 60 days

Forget the ponies and peonies, forget the yodelling and singing,

it’s time for…

doodles, Lari’s doodles!!!

On June  30th, at 9.14 pm, my friend Lari Numminen, who some of my students may remember from the meeting I organised with him during a class in (as long ago as) October 2006, was announcing to the world the following (quoted from Facebook):

Greetings world,

I have two pet projects for my travels over the next two months:

1.) Try to insult every nation in Europe through my irreverent and xenophobic twitter at http://twitter.com/EUin60days

and

2.) Secretly take pictures of interesting looking people all across the continent. First victims here: http://picasaweb.google.com/lari.numminen/PeopleInEurope?feat=directlink

The Portuguese - by Lari NumminenMy friend’s project brings to mind Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days and other similar, modern-day Discoveryland adventures. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to visit each and every one of the EU’s 27 countries in two months. You’re likely to get juuust a little tired by the middle of your trip and change your status to “What is the cure for a month of overwalking? Buying a segway? Unicycle? New spacehopper maybe?” – like Lari did.

Most of us store memories visually through photos or vids one click away, through anything, in other words, that takes as little time as possible. Apart from taking photos like a true professional, my Finnish friend likes to doodle. The Swedes - by Lari NumminenI’m not sure how fast he is at this. I imagine it’s the original idea that sets the hand in motion. And then, by the end of the 60 days, there they are: 27 doodles starting with The Portuguese and ending with The Swedes.

Lari’s personal favourite is The Germans. Mine, The English.

What’s your favourite?

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Filed under: ■ Comics & Doodles, ■ EU, ■ Meet my friends, ■ Nationalities and Stereotypes

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