I am sure you have heard this story over and over. From 1914 to 1918 more than 16 million people were killed in what we know as the Great War or World War I. I am not going to bore you with this, plus it is Information you can find anywhere in the WEB, and also, there are plenty of Books with detailed info about what exactly happened. But I wanted to put the numbers in, they are sadly, stunning.
Europe was divided in half, with the French and Great Britain on one side, Germany and the Austria-Hungary empire in the other and Italy actually switched sides during the war. My point is, the amount of hate there was seemed like it was never going to go away.
In fact, not long after the Great War, the entire world incurred in an even greater one, with Europe as the center of the conflict, the cruelty of this war is well explained in movies such as Inglourious Bastards or Schindler’s List. It is just incredible what we humans can do to each other.
By now you might be thinking: What the hell has all this to do with carnival? Well, what I exactly wanted was to highlight the History for what comes next.
Last week for Carnivals, friend of mine I met while my exchange in Korea, invited the whole crew from there (two French guys, one Italian and me) to the Carnivals in Cologne. Right after talking about it I had already booked my tickets with Vueling and no HomeAway needed this time, because my friend was hosting us all at his flat.
Truth to be said, the celebration was really amazing, people wakes up at 7 am and by 10 am everyone is drunk, in the streets, singing traditional songs and just enjoying, you get to talk and hangout with everyone and nothing really matters. Cologne is really worth visiting.
One of the most memorable moments of the trip was the last night we spent there, a room full of people, drinking together, singing together. The French and the Italian singing traditional German Songs, the Germans hosting all of us as if we knew each other from a long time ago. The hospitality was remarkable.
That very moment I realized: History is just the narration of what we did in the past, it doesn’t really matter now, and we should NOT let it define who we are, and this applies to everything and everyone. The only thing that really matters, is what you are doing right now, at this very moment.
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