For us Americans, it’s the time of the year where we are packing our bags, or the family is, and heading off for vacation. As a country with some of the highest work hours in the global community, we earn this time of the year in a way that most working individuals in foreign countries just can’t understand. I decided that I would head to Europe this time around, with Bristol specifically in mind, so it was only natural that I would look into renting a Bristol minibus hire! What’s a better way to tour a place than having your very own minibus? I can’t imagine what else it would be myself but I’ve never been credited with having the most imaginative mind. It’s rare for us Americans to be able to head out to Europe as most of us prefer to stay here within the safe boundaries of our old red, white and blue.
It’s a shame that in a post-9/11 world that we have become so fearful of the greater global community around us. When I told my friends of my plans to backpack through Europe this summer, most of them were shocked that I was sobrave to do something like this. I could only shake my head – I don’t feel especially brave! There’s clearly very little threat for me out there. It’s no more dangerous than going into a troubled area of town in any U.S state, I feel, as this is certainly not going to be my first time backpacking. I almost feel sorry for my friends. They have been caught up in a perception of fear and have very little trust of anyone who is not from the United States and especially not white. It’s a sad state of affairs that they don’t recognize their own inherent racism!