Category: 2010

I visited Nagorno-Karabakh in May 2010 together with my friend Julia on a short visit coming from Armenia. Nagorno-Karabakh is a territory that is disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan, in fact the power of government is exercised by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (today the Republic of Artsakh), a de facto independent state with a population of Armenian ethnicity. This is the outcome of a bloody war fought from 1992 to 1994. No UN member state recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh. […]

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On trips in 2003 and 2008, I had managed to visit all former Soviet Republics situated in Asia except Armenia. Because of that, it always had a high priority and as I found out that there were cheap flights from Riga (where I spend six weeks in 2010) to nearby Tbilisi I knew what I should do. Mid-May is also a perfect time to visit Armenia so let’s go.

I led a double life on this trip, during the day I was an ordinary traveller while at night I turned into a student who urgently had to finish a paper for university. […]

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In April and May 2010, I called Riga home. I tried to turbocharge my future career 😉 by doing an internship at the German embassy. I had a good time because Riga is a beautiful city, the embassy work was okay, my colleagues were friendly, I spend quite some of my free time with one of them and I had some good flatmates making the time very enjoyable.
At the embassy, I had to work in the basement, but the basement had class. […]

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In 2001 and 2002 I had spent about eleven months in Saint Petersburg. I had just finished school and had to fulfil an obligation to the German government. Military service was still obligatory but you could avoid running around with guns by doing social work and you were allowed to do that in another country. I worked in the children’s hospital No.15 and played with the children. I also took care of Vova, a physically impaired boy of 13 years. That were my tasks. […]

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