Anonymous said: THANK YOU for being literally the only person on tumblr smart enough to tag the otter playing dead as a river otter and not a sea otter.
THEY’RE SO DIFFERENT. How could anyone confuse them??? Thank you, anonymous dogooder.
alexalfurinn said: Brussels, Nicosia, Sarajevo, Skopje, Vilnius
Brussels: No… sadly, I’m pretty monolingual :(
Nicosia: Not very often. Just about calling people on the phone, or replying to awkward emails.
Sarajevo: Hmm, that’s an interesting question. It really depends on the circumstances. I’ve put up my brother rent-free for about 6 weeks or so in my apartment… is that an example?
Skopje: My boyfriend frequently embarrasses me with effusive praise. It’s so awkward!
Vilnius: How could anyone say no to being Canadian?!
elsinore-rose said: amsterdam athens belgrade madrid oslo reykjavik tallinn
Amsterdam: No, I’m a robot, silly.
Athens: This is definitely one of my 5 traits in The Sims 3 (along with Family-Oriented, Frugal, Workaholic, and Excitable).
Belgrade: People don’t usually give me a lot of nicknames except to differentiate me from other people named Chris; my last name is easily combined with my first, so that helps. Unless they’re super drunk and call me Chaz. Or unless I decide an extra in Batman looks like someone from Full House named Tuhrephfanee, and then inform everyone I am the true Tuhrephfanee.
Also, introspection. And cooking. And clothes-wearing.
Oslo: Jesus being like “Sup, brah.” Or some spiritual equivalent. Meeting a great-great-great-grandchild. Getting Google Scholar alerts about citations of my papers from 500 years in the future. Also, an unlimited libertine supply of milk. (I wanted to say lifetime, but my phone decided to say I meant libertine, and I think that’s more fun.)
Reykjavik: Oh, God, the academic job market has made me think of this way too much. Umm, hmm. If citizenship and jobs weren’t an issue, I feel like I’d be pretty happy in Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the US. Maybe the Netherlands for ease of travel. I also suspect I might like Chile or Uruguay. If I lived in the Basque Country, I might have Basque speaking children, which would be pretty awesome. For the sake of jobs at well-respected and well-funded institutions, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, Chile, and Uruguay drop off the list.
But citizenship matters a lot to me, honestly. Someday, I’d still like to run for some sort of office, even an inconsequential one when I’m old. Or, at the very least, I’d like to be actively engaged in the civic life of wherever I live. That just wouldn’t be possible in the Netherlands or Spain as a foreigner. Australia? Maybe. Possibly. They do have a great voting system. Canada? More likely. I probably know the most about the Canadian political culture than anywhere else outside the US, and I honestly think being a Midwesterner would be useful. But, in the end, the US is still the easiest option.
Thus, in conclusion, EAST TIMOR 4EVA.
Tallinn: Hahahahaha. OMG, storytime. So, I worked retail the summer after my freshman year of undergrad. I was always kind of a late bloomer on that whole sexuality thing, and I was still kind of coming to terms with stuff. My 9th grade civics teacher walks into the store, and we chat. She was an okay teacher, although her blatant conservatism (esp. on immigration and fiscal stuff) was kind of annoying.
Anyway, we get to talking about college for me, and she’s like, “So, how’s your social life?” I’m kind of pleased, because that had actually been a huge worry for me after I agreed to go to a huge state school, but it turned out I met some of the BEST NERDS EVER (as I proudly informed her) and I was having a fantastic time.
"Oh, that’s nice." She said. "Are you seeing anyone? Do you have a boyfriend?" I almost choke on… air… and mumble something about focusing on academics. She tells me a story about a time when she was chit-chatting with some gal pals and they were talking about some of the gay suicides that were in the news, and she had mentioned that she had one had a student who had been so brave and come out when he was just fifteen. Meaning me. I had apparently come out at fifteen and didn’t even know it. I was entirely nonplused and mumbled something completely incoherent.
I still have no idea to this day what on earth she was referring to for her to think I had ever come out. If I has known, it probably would have saved me some duress! And her comment did explain some of why teachers always responded oddly to my repeated attempts to be straight. But. What?
|(Pick a destination on this European road trip- or more, if you like it)|
|Amsterdam:||Do people think you are a complete "alien"?|
|Athens:||Are you a perfectionist?|
|Belgrade:||Tell me about the nicknames people give you.|
|Berlin:||How often can you get everything you really want?|
|Bratislava:||Tell me about the book of your life.|
|Brussels:||Do you use many different languages in a same sentence?|
|Bucharest:||Have you ever put someone in the Friend Zone?|
|Budapest:||Have you ever been put in the Friend Zone?|
|Copenhagen:||Have you ever kissed or been kissed by a complete stranger?|
|Dublin:||Have you ever drunk to forget something and/or someone?|
|Helsinki:||Imagine you have to choose between love and your greatest goal in life. What would be your choice?|
|Kiev:||Have you ever felt hurt by words that cut your heart more than a knife could ever do?|
|Lisbon:||Have you ever felt you were - absolutely - born in the wrong country?|
|Ljubljana:||Have you ever been mistaken by someone else?|
|London:||More sense or more sensibility?|
|Luxembourg:||Have you ever deeply regretted something you done (and I really mean DEEPLY)?|
|Madrid:||Which talents you don't have and you really would love to have?|
|Moscow:||Are you able you sleep well every night?|
|Nicosia:||How often do you fall into a state of procrastination?|
|Oslo:||What would give you absolute peace of mind?|
|Paris:||Are you afraid of falling in love (in general or for a specific person)?|
|Podgorica:||Would you die for what you believe?|
|Prague:||Are you a jealous person?|
|Reykjavik:||If you had to choose a country in the World to live forever and ever, which one it would be?|
|Riga:||Would you take and publish a selfie if someone asked you to?|
|Rome:||Have you ever experienced undeniable and true love in any form?|
|Sarajevo:||How far would you go for the ones you love?|
|Skopje:||What was the sweetest thing anyone called you?|
|Sofia:||Have you ever been a victim of any form of prejudice?|
|Stockholm:||Have you ever felt that you were an inspiration for someone else?|
|Tallinn:||What was the strangest rumour you heard about yourself?|
|Tirana:||Do you consider yourself a sexy person?|
|Valletta:||Have you ever had a car or bike accident?|
|Vienna:||Choose a song to define your life and explain it.|
|Vilnius:||Would you change your nationality if you had the chance?|
|Warsaw:||Have you ever suffered a depression?|
|Zagreb:||Have you ever gave your heart to someone who did not deserve it at all?|
|Zurich:||How important is money in your life?|
|NOWHERE FAST:||Don´t ask me absolutely anything. Tell – tell me what you think about the person that owns this Tumblr.|