June 5, 2000
While in the Southern area of Belgium, I took a train ride across the boarder to Luxemborg: the country with the highest household income of the world and highest dishwasher ownership. The small country appears to have only one major city: Luxemborg City (or Luxemborg Ville if you prefer). While it is interesting to find a city with a gorge running through it, the general feel is that it's too clean to feel the history around the fragments of remaining fortress, which was probably the main reason this country exists today… it was so difficult to capture this controlling spot.
From what Belgians have told me, Luxemborg has the feeling of a boring Switzerland. "It's too clean - the cause of having too much money." One day is enough to do a majority of the city and perhaps two or three days to do a good job of covering the whole country.
Despite Luxemborg being sterile, there were a few moments to enjoy. In the cathedral, impressive décor reminds me of the mid-evil ages, yet strangely enough, also the movie Aliens. Silver arms stretch across the alter with candle lanterns hanging off them, all in an amazing act of balance.
It's raining and the thunder can be heard over the Gregorian chants. To the sides are confessional booths that aren't sweeping me into revealing secrets, but wonder of how much gossip seeped out of the open fronts, very close to the congregational seats and what great amusement the vicars must have heard along with the typical sad stories of the times.
A new thought enters my mind. Perhaps the historic times of such great architecture, powerful churches, dramatic battle stories and the era's other edifices were to be left as lasting passages into fantasy worlds that could no longer exist today. They are part of the cultural world and will continue to give amazement as long as they are preserved to an extent of at least being recognizable in form.
Our generations also mask historical contexts. Major changes in the Western world come from cooling of the cold wars and the emergence of the technological dark ages. Who knows? One thousand years from now a year 2000 car may appear in a historical display showing a common vehicle, with a recreation of a road, all replaced by a modern transporter. The older nuclear war heads are already becoming interesting displays of political contexts that. As Europe transfigures from the feeling of countries to "The United States of Europe" many European currencies will do the same as Euro notes hit the streets in less than two years.