December 11, 2007
Travel Log 2: Europe
While in London, I took some time off to go to Europe. Being in Italy and Spain exposed me primarily to the local drive and thirst for historical knowledge. Friends brought me back to their ancient pasts, and connected these with the rich cultural heritage of Islam pre-Renaissance period. The warmth and glow of Mediterranean culture emanated easily. Lesson to be learnt for Malaysians is to embrace and indulge in historical culture. This is truly part of education, one that is oftentimes missed in our incessant drive towards industry-related fields of academia. That is important, but equally necessary are links to the soft skills, intellectual knowledge of culture and the arts – these are true indications of innovation and a sophisticated society.