On my ride in Lichtenstein this past weekend, I was blinded Saturday evening by a red camera light in Triesen. It was hidden well on a private property, nabbing me for making maybe a 5 km/h over the limit after the long day of riding. Think about it what you want, but I’m not impressed.
It could be “fuhrershein weg” said the hotel owner talking to me over the breakfast the next morning. And there was a strange satisfaction in his statement.
And I have more than one driving license, the EU clearly at loss what to do with people like me. Fine, I’ll survive, will pay the fine too. But the experience just sucks.
That was about the motorcycle, now the NATO summit.
President Trump just stated the fact that is obvious to anybody with thinking capability , namely that the US is protecting Germany and gets nothing in return. The Germans do business with Russia happily; don’t spend much on defense, relying on US protection.
What is wrong with this picture? Well, a lot – and it took the Donald to point it out.
My hat down for the man.
There is something sinister going on in Germany, and the media will never investigate it, which makes it more sinister still. Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg, and that’s West Germany. Her father moved the family to East Germany when she was a child.
Just think about it for a moment. He was a communist.
You are at the height of the cold war, and you have a family moving from Germany’s West to the East. What level of interest do you think this would raise in Russia? What was the environment she grew up with?
She is fluent in Russian, but then Putin is fluent in German, and Donald Trump says that they’re too close. Draw your own conclusions.
Angela told this about her past -“I may not remember everything, so if I get something not right, I apologise.”
Now the Donald claims that Germany is controlled by Russia.
Now, the bigger question – is NATO justified at all?
No it isn’t, it a waste of money every year and Trump is right kicking them where it hurts.
Is Russia a threat to the United States?
Not even slightly. They have no capacity to mount an attack and they’re not suicidal to start a nuclear war.
Russia is not a thread to America in a million years. It just doesn’t make any sense.
Now back to the motorcycle riding.
The line splitting is totally illegal in Toronto, but very common here. I learned to do it every evening riding back from work when the traffic slows down. But riding in the high Alps is the experience of a lifetime. There is a stretch between Lucerne and Interlaken where the vistas are breathtaking, even though one needs to be focused on making the turns to survive and has little time for the views. The effort requires both hands and feet. On the motorbike is the right side for stopping and the left for riding.
You get focused on that and may miss some amazing views, but it"s still worth a ride, got to love Switzerland.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler