Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Srečno Novo Leto? Let's Get On The Map!

Happy New Year! Or so I thought....



I've spent the last three weeks trying to explain to friends and family where in the world I have moved to and just last night I had to explain to a sofa full of people that not only do I not live in Russia, but I've never even been there. It's been pretty maddening. So I've been quite eager for the Slovenian EU presidency to get the show on the road so the place can finally get on the map (and I can sip drinks and eat party snacks in peace). But according to this BBC article , sexing up the place is not part of the plan...

"We want to make the Western Balkans stable and predictable, maybe even boring," says Mr Kacin (
Jelco Kacin, Slovenian Member of the European Parliament).

"That's why we would like to fill the gap between Ljubljana and Thessaloniki [in Greece] with member states."

And Slovenia? Is that boring, I wonder?

"Since we are taking over the presidency in a few weeks I believe that we are boring enough that everybody is recognizing Slovenia as a boring, predictable state."


In a world with tabloids chock full of people famous for nothing, why oh why would Slovenia want to do so much and still go unrecognized? It simply makes no sense. While I've already suspected Slovenia of having a slight problem with self-esteem, this new plan is downright self-loathing. Something must be done!

Lucky for everyone, I am headed down to LA in just a few days. I'll see what I can do to get Slovenia an A-list publicist or Hollywood agent, someone that can get the country seen and heard. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it! This campaign has only begun and it is headed in the wrong direction. I can call Slovenian people many things, but boring isn't one of them...bored maybe, but never boring!

8 comments:

Iva said...

well well, nice to know this. i'm totally against it. if anything, slovenia aint boring. in remote areas tranquill, yes, but boring? hell no! jelko needs some excitement-kicks, and johnny needs some education (at least about spelling names right).

Tina. said...

Good luck on your quest, Camille. I'll do anything I can to help. ;)

Tina. said...

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Camille Remarkable said...

@iva - I think I might have to give jelko a kick...a kick right in the pants! i think we need a little good old fashioned censorship if this eu campaign is going to be successful!

@tina - Thanks. It means a lot!

Brigitte said...

That's hysterical but I can relate. When we lived in Luxembourg I couldn't get people to believe that it wasn't in Germany.

Camille Remarkable said...

@Brigitte - On the other hand, after this long holiday with my family, I should probably just keep my mouth shut and enjoy the anonymity while it lasts...

dr. filomena said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend!!! Just drove past Radovljica yesterday and was going to drop by for a cup of coffee when I remembered you were out of town... err, country :)

Camille Remarkable said...

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for thinking of me. We will get that coffee very soon. :)