(Cover Image & Source: Zagreb, City of Water @ Touristic Office Zagreb)
…After spending more then two weeks in Swedish capital and its surroundings, I have come to the final conclusion, that I really don’t belong in here.
And no matter how I dislike going from this place, I know I will never be happy here, no matter how much I lie to myself everyday.
Last week, I tried to walk my way to Portugal, first with shoes, then barefoot, but I failed, and came back to Stockholm. Now I know that there is no other way for me then to walk away from this place, whether I like it or not. This time I have to face the fact, that living and working in cities is not an option for me, at least not any more. So, tommorow I return to the road, again, this time knowing that that is the only way for me now.
But the main reason why I wanted to write this post before I go is not concerned with the new travel itself, but with the places where I lived or worked in the last couple of years.
Zagreb, Graz, Salzburg, Munich, Stockholm.
One thing made me very angry and unsatisfied, as soon as I left my hometown of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. When I was living in my town, as well as when I was visiting other bigger places in Croatia, I got used to the fact that water and public toilettes are free to use, without extra charge. Zagreb, as well as many other towns in Croatia, and in other ex-Yugoslavian countries in general, have many free and almost all day opened public toilettes, as well as many free fresh water sources in the form of fountains in city parks, city squares, big markets, etc. Water that you can drink, make a refreshment, and even wash your hair or teeth if nobody sees you (which use mostly homeless people, and I was one of them).
But then, when I came to Austria, and then to Munich, Bavaria, I had a lot of problems to find fresh water sources outside the coffee shops and restaurants. Most outdoor places like parks etc. don’t have fresh water fountains, and the toilettes are not free. The same thing happened to me the first day when I came to Stockholm. I couldn’t find any fresh water fountain in the city, and the city lies on water, everywhere (being an archipelago city consisting of thousands of islands).
I was very frustrated. How can these cities, of the so called modern western world, exist without any fresh water in the outdoor. What if you are outside in the hot summer day, you are thirsty, you want to refresh or clean yourself from the sweat, and you can’t, because there is no water outside. You have to come inside a coffee shop or restaurant and ask people to give you some water, or to go to the toillete to wash your sweaty face. And what if it’s late in the night, and everything is closed.
For me, that situation is unacceptable, having no fresh water in the outdoor, at least not in the bigger cities.
Are the people in these, so called modern cities so stupid or so stingy, that they don’t want to spend some money to put at least few fresh water fountains in the different parts of the city, starting from its center.
Is my hometown really that much better and modern then all of this super cities?
For me personally, any bigger city in the world, especially in Europe and North America that lacks at least two-three functionable fresh water fountains, is no city at all, just a big village.
What do you think?
Do you think that every bigger city in the world should have at least few fresh water fountains?
Isnt’t the water an essence of life, and should be available for everyone to use it?