Category: Eastern Europe

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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I visit Minsk in May 2006 on a university excursion. We focus on social projects and spend only limited time exploring the city. The evenings are great fun. A few years ago, I had spoken with a recent visitor to Minsk who compared its charm to a freshly raked cemetery. The city is still fairly bland, somehow subdued, but a few bars have by now appeared on the scene. […]

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Creating this website forces me to take a look back into my own travelling history. And here we are, in 2002, right at the beginning of my first longer trip, and the first time of really travelling outside of Europe. With my parents we went on holidays, every year, two weeks, usually with Christian groups and usually somewhere south where the sea was warm. Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia. Only once we got out of Europe, to Israel (and Egypt’s Sinai), the Holy Land, how fitting for a Christian family. My first time on an airplane. As a teenager, I would take tours with my friends, often on a bike, the first going to Lake Constance (about 160km). Later we discovered the BDP, a youth organization that offers trips around Europe. Sweden, Corsica, Slovenia. I wasn’t dreaming about anything further away. But in my last year in school something changed, […]

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