Time again to give thanks for travel — 2019 edition
It’s time again for the TWS duo to think about all the things for which we can give thanks. We are, as always, very grateful for our travels. For several years, I’ve been publishing a post that says “thank you” in the languages of new countries we’ve visited. This year, we have five new countries to thank and expressions to add to your vocabulary for your visits to these places. The people you meet will be very grateful, too.
Can you say “thank you” in the language of the countries you’ve visited? What are they? Here’s my list!
How to say “thank you” in different languages
Tack, Sverige (Thank you, Sweden)
— for being the homeland of my maternal ancestors. Thanks for Stockholm’s great museums, Gamla Stan (Old Town), and beautiful cityscapes. You can be sure that I’ll be back to explore more.
Dziękuję Ci, Polska (Thank you, Poland)
— for your vibrant cities, deep history, Copernicus, Chopin, lively beer houses, and delicious Pierogi,
Kiitos, Suomi (Thank you, Finland)
— for composer Jean Sibelius (and the amazing sculpture honoring him), korvapuusti (Finnish cinnamon buns), and for Helsinki’s cathedral, bustling Market Square and cool vibe.
Спасибо, Россия (Thank you, Russia)
— for the baroque and neoclassical architecture, opulent palaces, awesome Metro system, and world-class ballet of beautiful St. Petersburg, your “Venice of the North”. Vodka, too!
Aitäh, Eesti (Thank you, Estonia)
— for the medieval Old Town of Tallinn with its inviting shops and restaurants on the main square and along its cobblestone streets. There was character and beauty everywhere we walked.
Our previous expressions of thanks in different languages
Danke, Deutschland and Austria
Děkuji, Česká Republika
Thank you, Czech Republic, for Kafka, castles, the Vltava River, and goulash. I was able to check off a big one from my must-see list when I first visited Prague several years ago and was grateful for a return visit a few years later.
Thank you, Italy, for always making me feel at home. From the magical cities like Venice to the hilltops of Tuscany to the white cities of Puglia, I’ve discovered something new to love every time I visit.
Thank you, France, for everything about Paris!
Gracias, Spain and Mexico
Thank you, Spain, for a glimpse of authentic Spanish culture, world-class museums, art and architecture in beautiful Madrid.
Buíochas a ghabháil leat, Éire
Thank you, Ireland, for warm people, villages where my ancestors lived, lush landscapes, the craic (conversation), Guinness and the Blarney Stone.
Dank je, Nederland
Thank you, Netherlands, for Amsterdam’s bikes and boats, honoring the story of Anne Frank at Anne Frank House, iconic windmills, and your countryside fields of flowers.
And finally, in my native language…. thank you, USA, Canada, and the U.K.
Thank you, USA, for 50 states to explore by plane, train and automobile through deserts, mountains, plains, and cities. I am thankful that you are my home.
Thank you, Canada, for being our friendly neighbor to the north with vibrant cities like Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver. (And a heartfelt “merci” for the amazing food, wine, art, and natural beauty of Québec.)
Thank you, United Kingdom, for the Thames, historic landmarks, cheerful pubs, cottage pie (I crave it), and holiday spirit.