Europe from the bus window. Part of 3. Migrants and culture
We don't want to learn
And flatterers of Russia keep saying:
You are the third Rome, you are the third Rome.
Let it be so! Tools of God's punishment
The stock is not exhausted yet.
Prepares new hits
A swarm of awakened tribes.
As locusts are innumerable
And insatiable like her,
Stronghold kept by
Tribes going north
Vs Solovyov. Panmongolism (1894)
When you find yourself in the Czech Republic, start a conversation with local residents, and they find out that you are from Russia, they will always ask you: do you know that their president, Miloš Zeman, preferred to pay a large EU fine, but not let migrants and refugees to the Czech Republic? So that, they say, you will not meet people from the East and from Africa. In response, I usually answer them that in our Russian press your president is mentioned more often than other politicians. Only from October 2012 to February 2015, it was mentioned more than 16000 times, but then-President of neighboring Germany Joachim Gauk - less than 500! However, why so, it is clear: makes harsh statements about the West? Makes! Does Becherovka drink? Drinks! Smokes? Smokes! So, "our man." We, and we ourselves, have also had a similar president somehow not very long ago ... The Czechs, of course, are glad that we in Russia speak so much about their president and, basically, say all good things. However, the most important thing is how he managed to solve the problem of migrants. The problem is very complicated and confusing.
Many cities through which we passed are built up with typical houses from the Soviet period, and they ... are very similar to one another. What city is this: our or “foreign”? That's so immediately and do not say! The same high-rise buildings, the same stupid teenage graffiti on the facades and fences. Yes, and cars, in general, the same brands ...
True, this photo shows a multi-storey building with a mass of pipes on the roof. And in the next they are not at all. What's this? Is there a fireplace in every apartment?
However, the Czech Republic is not alone in its negative attitude towards the “refugee problem”. A whole group of countries of the former socialist camp emerged - the so-called “Vyshgorod Four”, consisting of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, which do not want to accept them despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union. “We are not going to accept refugees from North Africa and the Middle East countries, despite the discontent of Brussels,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetsky even in winter, as his country already accepted many Ukrainians who filled low-paid and not very prestigious jobs . And now, after all the barefoot, people with university degrees are already driving, which threatens the well-being of the Polish middle class, and with this he does not want to put up with anything.
The residence of the President of Hungary in the very center of Budapest looks very modest.
And the Poles themselves are by no means opposed to accepting people who are close to them by nationality and culture. For example, if you are a Pole by birth, but you do not have Polish citizenship, and you are a citizen of one of the countries, in the recent past of one of the Soviet republics, then you can get a so-called Pole's card. Having such a card, you will not be considered a citizen of Poland, but this card confirms that you belong to the Polish people. All rights derived from this map are governed by the law on the “Card of the Pole”, adopted by the Polish Parliament 7 September 2007. And although it does not give a permanent residence permit or the right to a visa-free crossing of the Polish border and is issued for 10 years (albeit free of charge), it is better to have it than not to have it. Because its main advantage is the possibility of immigration. The owner of the "Card of the Pole" can receive permanent residence in Poland under the simplified procedure and within two years to apply for Polish citizenship.
Unlike Prague, where tourists can bridge bridges, there are relatively few of them in Budapest. So walking on it is very, very nice.
By the way, about Prague ... Here it is, the famous Prague Bridge.
And this is one of the many tourist ships scurrying around the Vltava.
In anticipation of the battle of the Prague Astronomical Clock - a medieval tower clock installed on the southern wall of the Tower of the Old Town Hall on the Old Town Square in Prague. Pickpockets expanse. The guide recommends moving the back packs to the chest.
That is, in this way, the Poles are inviting people of their mentality and relatives by blood, and why in this case we, Russia, do not follow her example, because after the collapse of the Soviet system hundreds of thousands of former citizens of the Union turned out to be outside not all of them can move to us, then why not give them any special rights and privileges to be Russian in the eyes of the people around them would be prestigious!
Moreover, as in many European cities, there are tourist buses in Budapest, sitting in which you can drive around the entire center, and also listen to what they will tell you about the sights on the right and the left. Although there is Russian there, I will not say. I did not go myself.
Another similar bus, only without a roof. By the way, there is also a tourist amphibious bus in Budapest. Comes right into the water and swims along the Danube! They say that when he drives into the water at a speed, the sensations of those sitting in the front row are simply indescribable! When they let him in, the police went to the police for a month: “The crazy driver drowns a bus with passengers in the river!” They also say that the engine inside is afloat very noisy, so there’s nothing to be heard!
However, Poland helps to avoid the influx of migrants and refugees from the East and from Africa also its sufficiently mono-cultural community. Through all sections, all the vicissitudes of the two world wars, they were able to carry, without losing, and their culture and faith. Although many Poles and emigrated abroad, in particular, to Canada. According to various estimates, Catholics in the country are from 86,7 to 95,5 percent of the population, but on average it is generally accepted that 91%. Moreover, they are not just listed as believers. Not! People attend mass, confess, take an active part in the church life of the community. Poles are sincerely proud that 264-th Pope John Paul II was a Pole and called him in the world Karol Wojtyla. Next comes culture, that is, language, customs, customs, cuisine, and in the middle of all this, migrants from other countries who do not want to accept all of this become not very comfortable living. You are like a blind man among the sighted, or deaf among the hearing. Although everyone is polite, it seems to be even welcoming. But ... arrogant migrants among the Poles are uncomfortable.
However, in my opinion, Budapest should be viewed not from the river (albeit from the river too), but from the heights of the Fisherman's Bastion and other elevated places. An unforgettable sight! By the way, this is not only my personal opinion. Interestingly, the panorama of its central part with a view of the Danube is listed by UNESCO on the list of world heritage of the planet. That's it!
The building of the Hungarian Parliament is considered the most beautiful in Europe.
It was interesting to solve the problem with migrants in Hungary, where they came from the Balkans along the path that goes across the border. That is, it was a real stream, which was impossible to stop. The reason is that illegal migration to Hungary was carried out before. From Serbia! But it was small and necessary, the evil with which they put up. The Serbs seem to have been “theirs”. But then along the beaten path they suddenly came, and in large numbers. But Hungary, although it became a member of the EU, did not receive any particular benefits from this and the prospects of feeding such a mass of refugees did not suit her at all. However, the refugees themselves did not at all strive to remain in “poor” Hungary. They used it as a transit point on the way to “rich” Austria.
The inhabitants of Budapest are very proud that after London their subway became the first in Europe! That is, in fact, the first in Eurasia, since England is just an island! There are only four branches: yellow (oldest), green, red and blue. And both green and red pass under the Danube. The entrances to the subway are not very impressive, not that the entrances to our subway in Moscow, St. Petersburg and even in the same Kazan!
And this is how the station of the “yellow branch” looks inside.
Funny is not it? All kind of "doll".
Flooded the entire station of Budapest, so that there was no pushing through. And again, people can be understood - they are fleeing from war, from cruel death, but ... now it is not the middle of the 20th century. Since people are fleeing to a single Europe, then its policy towards such people should have been worked out quickly, taking into account the interests of all EU members and, of course, the difference in the incomes of the same Germany and, for example, Croatia. It is known that after the Second World War, the migration from Asia to Europe began precisely from West Germany. She showed an example to everyone else, after 200 thousands of thousands of Turkish guest workers came to the places of cleaners, loaders and exhaust trucks, and their situation in the country was almost worse. Then they also brought their families to them.
But this amazingly beautiful cathedral is the Basilica of St. Stephen (Istvan), which is located on St. Stefan in Pest. The length of the cathedral is 87,4 meters, the width is 55 meters and the height is 96 meters. Along with the parliament building (the height of both buildings is the same - 96 meters) - the highest historical Budapest building. The Basilica of St. Stephen, along with the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Esztergom and the Eger Basilica, is one of the three largest Catholic churches in the country.
Then the colonial empires of England and France collapsed, and Negroes and Asians flooded in the metropolis, who also helped in part to solve the problem and the shortage of men and workers. But in those years, visitors sought to quickly adapt to a new culture, to fit into a new society. It turned out not all. And this is how the “national districts” appeared first, and then whole areas of migrants, where no “melting down” and “reforging” of people into “new Europeans” occur. And everyone can see it, they understand it, but the EU is just throwing up its hands. And then in the same Hungary, looking at how people go there and go, they took, and they canceled all trains to Vienna. Even those who had tickets on hand were not allowed to leave! And people went on foot! And then the Hungarians collected a lot of buses and ... sent them following. They say, “we will show you the path and give it to the path!” And they took everyone to a more tolerant and, we note, rich Austria! And then they securely covered the border for everyone, including “their own” Serbs.
Inside the cathedral is very beautiful. Moreover, there was a service and the cathedral was full. Apparently it was some kind of Catholic holiday, as people then approached and received the sacrament, congratulated each other, smiled. It's nice to see that there are people for whom faith means so much.
I liked that candles can be set for free. That is, the donation box is nearby, but ... what if you don’t have the money right now, and your faith requires turning to the Almighty ?!
Well, as for Croatia, it should be noted that at the present time there are no forced migrants at all on the coast and the main resorts, not to mention the islands. Strict controls have been established at all border crossings with Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia. And it concerns only migrants, the influx of which is now not observed. Tourists, of course, are allowed to pass completely freely, so that the theme of migrants in Croatia does not exist.
Although tourists are admonished that you should not enter the cathedral in this form, they still “go to God.” Well, in shorts, and what's wrong with that? It's hot ...
By the way, somewhere in the winter in our press, materials suddenly appeared that in Croatia Russians began to be treated worse than before, that ... in a word, “a thick hint at a subtle circumstance” - relax, they say, in the Crimea. But ... none of us noticed anything like that there. That did not notice it!
Actually, it was thought right now that, and it is difficult in such small countries as Hungary or Croatia, and even Poland, to people who do not want to embrace their culture? You tell people - “J'en kind, pani / pan!” Or “Kind yutro!”, Or “Dobar dan!” (This is already Croatian) - and they have smiles on their faces, they are pleased that you are trying to say in their language, that is, you respect their culture. Harder to say in Hungarian: “Yoo raggelt!” (Good morning), “Yoo napot Kiivaanok! (Good afternoon), and then “Visontlaataasra!”, Which means only “Goodbye!”, Or “Kyosonyonomy” (Thank you!).
The author in search of their favorite knight epigy. One on the wall has already been found!
And how is it “normal” to learn such a language belonging to the group of Finno-Ugric? So it is not surprising that migrants from Africa and from the East are not in a hurry to settle in such countries. Without knowledge of the language, do not even hope to stay here, but how can you learn such a language?
To be continued ...
- Europe from the bus window. Part of 1. Roads and houses
Europe from the bus window. Part of 2. Houses and roads
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