Three cheers for Capitalism!
For those who were unaware, I just got back from a 10-day trip in Europe - Germany, to be exact. I went expecting to find what most European tourist, for the most part, see in a foreign country: Something that's basically a lot like America, with a few differences. Well, that was mostly an accurate discription, with a few exceptions.
Firstly, I should say I loved the general "oldness" of Germany. I think in America we tend to take it for granted exactly how young our country is compared to others. There were castles there over a thousand years old, and remnants of Roman civilization weren't entirely hard to find (in fact, when we went to see the Heidleburg schloß, Steven picked up a Gladius sword for the low, low price of €1,80). It wasn't at all rare to find buildings and churches erected in the 1400s and still standing; but the real pity was in those buildings even older, but partially or majorly destroyed. There were buildings, obviously hundreds of years old, which were still in various states of disrepair from after the war.
I'll write more about my European vacation later, I promise. I've got tons to say, as always.