About me

You will most likely find me in the forest, next to the lake, reading a book. Just follow the cigar smoke!

Andreas Moser human rights lawyerI am a lawyer from Germany who went on sabbatical after 7 years of work. I gave up my law firm not because I wasn’t interested in law any longer, but because I am equally interested in many other fields, among them politics, history, economics, philosophy and literature. And as my time on this planet is limited, I thought it would be a shame to stick to one field for all of my life.

I am an avid traveller and I hope to share some of my adventures with you here. I have led youth exchange groups to Israel, helped to fight forest fires in France, repatriated kidnapped children to the United States, crossed the Australian outback, spent a week at Evin prison in Iran, worked s a lawyer for the US Army, walked across England from coast to coast and gave up my job as a lawyer to study philosophy. Knowing myself, more adventures will follow.

Since leaving Germany in 2009, I have lived in London, in Malta, in Lithuania and now in Italy. I have also completed an MA in Philosophy.

My current goals are learning Italian and making a move into journalism.

Thanks for deciding to read my blog. Please share, comment and criticise – but above all enjoy.

Andreas Moser

(Für meine deutschsprachigen Leser habe ich auch einen Blog auf Deutsch.)

83 Responses to About me

  1. Andreas, thanks for visiting our Blog.

    I find yours quite interesting and relevant.

    As you may have found, reading my Blog, that I am a Bible believing Conservative Christian, love the Jewish people and am an avid supporter of Israel — from the Biblical point of view. We see Biblical evidence of events that are happening today in the Middle East and particularly to the Sovereign Nation of Israel.

    I will return to read your Blog again, as I am placing your Blog on my RSS feed.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  2. Very interesting blog, and reading your ‘about’ it looks like we have a lot in common too (with the great exception of smoking cigars). I’m currently completing my LLM after taking my LLB in London. It is nice to find a blog which offers such a high quality content in comparison to most blogs.

  3. Otto Just says:

    About Your “About Me”

    What’s to say in this case? … mmh … Well … That’s very, really, very interesting and, so revealing as well … I’m totally impressed … Do you know why? Yes? … No? … It’s simple! You did the right thing by giving up the Law-Thingy and, you’re perfectly right: there are so many other things to do and in some case: life can be short! that’s … well, that’s the only reason why I’m that impressed … Congratulation for this good decision!!!

    Stay good and be good, as usual and, enjoy the day

    otto just

    • Coincidentally, I am just reading “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer which I highly recommend about this subject of leaving “normal life” and living your dreams. I have much more of this kind to do!

      • perpetualux says:

        I recently finished reading this book too, and I’m still not quite sure what to think about the young man’s motivation to abandon “normal life” and voluntarily exposing himself to life-threatening situations. I believe that life is God-given and with it we are given responsibilites of taking good care of ourselves and the ones close to us. Overall a very ecocentric endeavour of his, causing his family so much pain (ok, many of us do so to some extent, in our youthful recklessness).

        I was moved though in the end, when it became apparent that he was regretful, wanted to quit his hermit lifestlye and get back in touch with his family – but no longer could. In his own words, he finally became “trapped in the wild”.

        Leading an unconventional life need not be full of life-threatening adventures. It’s rather about making the most of your time and your talents, I think.

      • SoundEagle says:

        Adding to Otto Just and perpetualux, SoundEagle would like to commend on your resolve to learn more about life and to refrain from being circumscribed by one’s initial chosen vocation —– and hence the impetus for SoundEagle’s multidisciplinarity, as you can observe from visiting SoundEagle’s website.

        SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through “politics, law, philosophy, history, books, travel”.

      • your destiny is urged into construction by necessity, your destiny awaits its inception. It lies dormant in the outlying fringes of the ethereal abstract, awaiting it the moment your consciousness is blindsided by passionate awareness of self. The moment you cut ties with the prefabricated routine you’ve found yourself in the universe begins to illuminate the various pathways and intersections that are the trail head into awakening. It also activates gravitational force of intention, we you are clear in you intention, you manifests reality, or reality manifests itself as you intended. The further you venture into the illuminated paths, travelling always with unwavering confidence and faith in YOUR purpose in this world, which may still be unclear. That is why faith is essential, trust that the universe will assist you in discovering your destined place in life as long as you remained connected to the aim of your disembodiment, to rid your functionality of unnatural methods. You must disconnect in order to reconnect. You must abandon to discover, you must lose yourself to find yourself. It is essential to align the core of your being with the divine will of your being. You will not be led astray despite any material trials you encounter, with a fortuitous faith, you can begin to accept the undeniable truth that reality as we know it can be dismissed as fiction or illusion, all happenings on this material plane, are limited in their effect by your willingness to accept them as truth, for what you believe is all there is. To let go and let go has been a well mocked aphorism for as long as I have heard it used, however, when reconciling with the fact that the spirit that give life to us, is complete in its representaion of God. To find God means only to eliminate the false self(ego) and allow the rooted core of your being to exists as nature intended. So to let go and let god means nothing more than to simply, let go. Because God is ever present, and in knowing this great diety he is inseparable from your self. it is only in our awareness that he is absent. The illusion is that we decide our future, we are in control. This is the illusion. Just as a tree grows without ever deciding to do so, nature moves its children through their natural procession in accordance with their divine interests, as long as material concerns are not permitted to disconnect from natures influence on the soul. You have to submit yourself to the will of God in order to escape the bane of society. Because there is no balance of the spiritual reality and the material reality. You must submit to one or the other, and sacrifice that which has hindered your natural evolution thus far. Any way, the highly educated individuals that I whose input I have observed will undoubtedly dismiss any ethereal truths as unfounded. Faith for example, is a crucial element in any life. However, that in which you place your faith changes everything, determining the level of truth you are prepared to absorb. If you still believe you can find happiness in the consumerists societal schema, than your truth will be obscured by this delusion. It is only after unquestionably relinquishing your faith in the material that the spiritual may begin to fill you with unfettered purpose and being aligning you soul with the divine current that will ultimately unfold into your destiny. I am 22 years old and I gave up the materialistic struggle at the age of 18. I quickly realized the futility of this regimented life that was required to financially uphold the living situation society deemed necessary. I was so consumed by the struggle that I couldnt even clear my head long enough to enjoy lying in the field and watching the clouds. I couldnt sit down in the park for five minutes without toiling over financial shortcomings, impending eviction notices, overdraft statements, late tuition fees, this self sustaining system was no longer a balanced cycle of wages earned and needs met. I was constantly behind, lost in formula for existence that was no doubt designed for the banks best interests.Work – give us all your money – starve – work- sleep? enjoy? this constant lack of freedom to indulge in the true beauty and values of life, like relaxing. thinking. sitting in the park watching the ducks. At the time i was you classic party animal college student enthralled with the live i had created for myself in the material, yet to uphold the lifestyle took a great toll on my free time. And all i really wanted to do was sit in the park and look at the clouds for fifteen minutes between classes. But the anxiety had infiltrated my psyche, the unwarranted concern over imaginary currency and dependence on commodity had caused calamity in my mind. I realized i didnt give a shit about anything that prevented me from looking at the god damn clouds for fifteen minutes. If Im so consumed by the juggling act required to stay alive in this world, then I aint free, and i wont die a slave to any socioeconomic schema implemented by capitalists manipulators. I wont die a slave to regulations, laws or judicial jargan. I wont accept a system that was built to support those on top. I had no say in the principles that found this republic. I am a human, not an American, not a Customer, Not a home owner, Not gonna ever pay off my credit card debt, not gonna accept what some one tells me without justification. I believe in rights, I believe in freedom. I believe in human rights. Not the propagandized rhetoric of “rights that men and women have fought and died to protect.”. But, the rights we are entitled to as children of the ominous and prolific earth. The right to water, food and shelter, or the access to the naturally renewable resources need to build shelter. The earth gives unto its children in great bounty, these are gifts, not commodities. A corporation, like nestle who steals millions of gallons of mother earths gift of water, the essence of life, from springs who are the catalyst of a functioning network of rivers and tributaries, will unquestionably disrupt the ecosystem that people rely on. No man produced the water, thus no man owns it. It belongs to the republic. The public representative selling out the invaluable resources of his community without their consent is the worst of them all, the spineless and untrained civic councilmen bending to the will of his aggressors under the weight of threatening pressure and reward. A man involved in civic matters has a pure heart, he is noble in work, he is honest and fair, informed and involved. This is precisely why he is no match for intimidating politicians no more than lewd and vengeful wolves in suits,ambushing the feather weight, fangs exposed by the tightened jowls, that hook fang dog tooth, dripping venom as he scowls. He prowls and pounces one those ripe for
        While the file clerk who loves the earth , is deeply committed to her work, because her work is her purpose, giving her a sense of self worth and garnering her the respect of her collegeaues. Unpaid for her time, She is in it for the cause, a truly vigilance voice, She is a renegade whos motivation is genuinely selfless. She has more compassion than the average shiiate. She had no interest in money. She has found the value of her self, and in currency, it is immeasurable.The value of a cool perspective, keen intuition,mindful attitude and compassionate heart is a limitless and contagious.
        ,

  4. differentdimensions says:

    I don’t know how I landed up here… But its great to read your blog. Subscribed already!

  5. Roland says:

    Hi Andreas, just bumped into your blog today. At first, I thougt: “That’s clearly a German name, how can he write such a good English?” It seems we have a few things in common: Travelling (I live in a caravan), anti-feminism, a hunger for knowledge. Keep up the good work.

  6. Great outlook and philosophy – it is a rarity to see someone turn to classical studies in the self-centered times we live in. Good luck to you!

  7. Dani says:

    Hello, Andreas. I’m glad to have read you blog, and will certainly watch out for the next posts. It’s always good to read people’s views on things that most people don’t (bother to) notice.

    Cheers to you for choosing to LIVE and not just exist among the billions of people in our planet. It’s a blessing to be able to do so. (I suppose a lot of the usual folks would want to do the same if time, money, and especially family issues were not big factors to consider.)

    Wish you the best in your journey.

  8. Mehr says:

    Dear Andreas
    It is really interesting that u have been to Evin ( Iran)
    I saw u in For Neda documentary and then found your blog, by the way, I am an Iranian woman and feel same things with Neda.
    best wishes
    Mehr

  9. Hi Andreas, I’m happy to know you and to read about you and your life in your blog. I think one of the next destination for your travels should be Italy! I was born in a ancient greek town called “Akragas”, Empedocle’s country born. I wish you would know Empedocle, he’s one of the most known philosophers, do you know him?

  10. Carol Newman says:

    What’s to say in this case? … mmh … Well … That’s very, really, very interesting and, so revealing as well … I’m totally impressed … Do you know why? Yes? … No? … It’s simple! You did the right thing by giving up the Law-Thingy and, you’re perfectly right: there are so many other things to do and in some case: life can be short! that’s … well, that’s the only reason why I’m that impressed … Congratulation for this good decision!!!
    +1

  11. Jabbar Avila says:

    thanks for stopping by blog. me in the states and you are in the uk. wow the internet makes everything seem closer lol. i glad to see that even though you are a lawyer you can still relate to the common folk.

  12. mysending says:

    I just saw your comment to the new american arts entry and I was intrigued enough to come visit your blog! Yes, they have thought things out so well in all parts of the world, haven’t they?

  13. Andreas–No, I will never forget your motto. M problem is that I’m still waiting to go on my way up. By my age already, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Very nice blog. Welcome to Malta on Dec 1st! Is it possible I had you as an EFL student once? Can’t be. Best wishes–
    Ilene from An-American-in-Malta.com.

  14. Hi Andreas!
    Would you be interested in sharing your move to Malta with a tv series? Our show is currently looking for professionals that are moving to different cities. If you are interested in learning more, please email me at melissagrassi@leopardfilms.com

    Many thanks!
    Melissa Grassi

  15. Hi Andreas,
    Can you give us an update for the new year? How has going back to school been for you? And after reading ‘Into the Wild,’ did you then read ‘Into thin Air’? Interesting to compare the two quests.
    Look forward to reading how things are going for you
    Melanie

  16. Oops! You can tell I am new to WordPress! With the click of a button I found your December writings! Sorry about that, and happy new year-I’m off to read them!
    Melanie

  17. I love your Malta pictures, and I have a feeling I’ll like the rest of your blog after I’ve gone through all the entries. :)

  18. D.Mohankumar says:

    Dear Andreas
    Thanks for visiting my blog. We can share knowledge through the blogs. Happy new year

  19. Autumn says:

    Um, can I just say that you are really attractive? lol :) But that’s not why I love the blog, of COURSE :p

  20. Fiona.q says:

    your experience sounds very interesting.. what’s your most impressive things during your trips?

    • I am most impressed by beautiful nature (Yosemite National Park in California, USA is so far the most beautiful place I have been to) and by the hospitality and friendliness of strangers.

      • Melissa says:

        I myself have wonderful childhood memories of Yosemite – that’s where my grandparents, dad and aunts spents their summers. It is such a spiritually wonderful place.

        Andreas, follow your dream – that is what makes life wonderful!

  21. curly says:

    how old are you?

  22. Cool blog. I’d love to travel and write as you do in a couple of years time.

    • Thank you!
      I wanted to reply “don’t wait until later” but then I noticed that you are still young and that you live in Australia. It’s a beautiful place (I was in Adelaide on student exchange in 1992 and I loved the nature of Australia), but not a good base for travelling because you always need a bloody expensive plane or boat if you want to leave. Try to get out when you go to university; studying abroad is always a good excuse for travelling.

      • Thanks for the advice. Thinking about a linguistic/journalism course that’ll sponsor me to go to Germany next year. Using central Europe as a base would be ideal.

      • That would be great indeed. Germany is interesting in itself, but also a perfect base to explore all of Central Europe. You can hop on a cheap train to Prague or Warsaw or Vienna, or hitch a ride to Amsterdam or Brussels or take a coach to Paris or Copenhagen.
        Good luck!

  23. Janus says:

    I have to say…I’m not the biggest fan of smokers. OR lawyers :P But you’ve given it a break and decided to do other things and you love travel and…you’ve spent a week in a prison in Iran (now I want to read about that!)?!? Yeah, you’re exactly a normal person, and definitely not the common type of lawyer – which is greatttt!!!!!!!

  24. Fiona.q says:

    oh, next step is Lith? lool, i ll drop you a msg if i come. p.s. i visited Malta at the end of this May, it’s fabulous! i love blug lagoon best :)

  25. squeakyrobot says:

    Hello Andreas – love your blog! May I ask what type of literature you read? I won’t ask about a ‘single favorite book’ because every reader knows that it doesn’t exist!

    • I read novels and books about history and politics. I will just list a few of my favourite novels, maybe this will give an impression: Martin Eden, Catch 22, The Magic Mountain, The Trial, Measuring the World, The Confederacy of Dunces, Jakob the Liar. As my mother tongue is German, you will notice that there are quite a few German authors, whose works I actually read in German of course.

  26. Naked Lola says:

    Roughly 50% of the lawyers I’ve known have been soul-sucking demons that many claim them to be. The other 50% were quite decent, actually.
    And it’s rather nice to see a fellow cigar smoker. :)

  27. Chris Bittencourt says:

    Hi Andreas! Very nice the way you live your life. I hope it becomes an inspiration to all, we have to enjoy our lifes…. For your next trip, my suggestion is Brasil…. the paradise is here! ;-)

  28. Mark Oldstrom says:

    I wish you would write something about cigars, your taste, your favorites, and your experiences of smoking them in the outdoors. Many thanks.

  29. peachyjen says:

    Hi Andreas, this is such a good idea for a blog, do you know which country you’ll be living in next? What an adventure, it sounds brilliant :)

    • I don’t know yet where I will go next. I will be in Lithuania at least until summer 2013 and I usually only think about the next step a few months before it’s time to pack and move again. Suggestions are welcome!

  30. Adeline says:

    I also like phylosophy,… good to know. :)
    Greetings from Transilvania (North part of Romania)

  31. I pick a new idea of blog which consist on personality, taughts, interests, profession and many more

  32. Greetings from US. You definitely have an interesting blog. I have been through two of your posts and quite inspired. Will be back soon for more.

    Cheers!

  33. AF says:

    Hi just read your about me and tow of ur blogs…and its really interesting… i too love traveling and people with adventurous stories and all the sharing of their experiences inspire me… keep up the good work. stay blessed.

  34. Kavita Joshi says:

    such an interesting personality you are and I am glad I came across your profile while nominating you for Versatile blog award and share some smile across…we share similar values to make people smile..you are amazing and doing really awesome and very noble things ..I am impressed and hope in that last pic of your I was the one who was interviewing you :)
    Really I must follow what you are doing next as I want to see myself doing things like you have already done but I am doing in my own pace …and the book you suggested (yes I read comment section as well..lol) – “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, I guess if that’s what you are doing then I got to say that I must read :) Hope you have a fun journey …
    And if we ever cross paths then I will definitely interview you :)

    • Thank you very much for your kind words! I also enjoy your blog very much and i hereby recommend it to my readers.
      I am sorry that I haven’t been writing too much recently, but I have university exams next week and I am working on my dissertation, so I have been a bit too busy. But it will get better again and then I will write more about my travels around Eastern Europe.
      I am looking forward as well to bump into you on one of our journeys!

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  36. prozhizn says:

    Interesting blog!

  37. alliblair says:

    Hi!! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger’s Award! Click the link to find out how to accept the award!

    http://thevintagepostcard.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/versatile-blogger-award/

  38. Kavita Joshi says:

    Hi Andreas,
    I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blog Award …..this is to recognize your efforts in sharing all these beautiful posts with us….Thanks for making this journey of blogging wonderful and congratulations!
    http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/very-inspiring-blog-award/

    Cheers,
    Kavita

  39. Erika says:

    Wow, this is some “about” page! You have had such an interesting history and sound so ambitious and accomplished! :)

  40. djgarcia94 says:

    Very Interesting about page. Now following.

  41. stanito says:

    Hello Andreas, how’s life in Sicilia? :) Che fai di preciso lá?

    • I enjoy it very much here! It’s beautiful, relaxing and very friendly. I am trying to learn Italian, but I am still progressing too slowly. And of course I am trying to discover as much as possible of Sicily and Italy whenever I have time between my work (I work as a lawyer and translator for German & English).

  42. GIFTY NANA GEISLLER says:

    Please i have a marital case with a German husband which involves our two year old son please i need your help.am resident of Ghana but he is in Germany since two and half yeas now.the German embassy have ask me to seek a lawyer from Germany to help me and my son concerning our right

    Thanks for reading hoping to hear from you

  43. Amalia says:

    Hallo Andreas. I accidentally found your blog while searching for some info about Malta. I like your blog, so far I have read it. I admire your courage to start new somewhere else. I also left everything behind and moved with my (then) boyfriend , now life and love partner from Israel , to ….. Germany.
    I don’ t need any help or consultancy from you. Just continue your journey….it’s interesting. Vielen Dank, Amalia

    • Thanks for your encouraging words! Every day, I am happy about my decision. This wandering, unsteady life is exactly what suits me.
      I hope you enjoy Germany, although I would much rather move the other way round because I really miss Israel. I am considering doing a walking trip from Germany to Israel in 2015.
      And if you are going to Malta, I wish you a good trip!

  44. finlaygwynne says:

    My brother is currently travelling through the Australian outback, doing the “farm trail”, I would love to read your experiences.
    Anyway, I would love to read about your journeys and feel subsequently jealous!

  45. LM says:

    Hey Andreas, I read from time to time and I find the articles and ideas you bring to discussion to be intriguing. I like intriguing themes which challenge debates.

    Anyways, since it looks like you left Germany and tend to like other countries much better, I’m wondering if you still have your German citizenship or if you gave it up already. If Israel is the most amazing country ever, wouldn’t it be great to apply for citizenship and let all your German past behind you ?

    • Of course I still have German citizenship. Without having a second citizenship it’s legally impossible to give it up (§ 26 I StAG). I also wouldn’t see what I would gain with such a step.

      It seems that you may misinterpret my opinion on Germany. I have not left Germany because I have anything against it, I have emigrated because I had already been living there for 33 years and because the world is a big and diverse and interesting place, of which I wanted to see more.

      I have no wish whatsoever of “leaving the past behind me”, I am just moving forward. The latter doesn’t necessarily require the former.

      As to your suggestion of acquiring Israeli citizenship, I don’t find that very likely, given that I have never been a resident of Israel and that I don’t speak more than a few sentences of Hebrew. But generally I believe in having as many citizenships as possible. It makes travelling easier. In that context, my German citizenship is very practical as it comes with EU citizenship which allows me to live in 28 countries.

      • LM says:

        Yes, I think I have misunderstood your stance on Germany. I’ve met quite a few Germans outside of Germany who were throwing with mud to their own country after they had emigrated to their new beloved place. It seemed to me that they hated the fact that they were Germans and tried to comfort any foreigners who had a bad opinion about Germany by showing their complete solidarity.

        However, I totally understand you and I think it is important to widen your horizons by not just learning or visiting other countries, but by living and learning those respective cultures onsite.

        And as no place/country is perfect, the call for the unknown will always be there unsatisfied. :-)

      • In fact, after all my travelling I sometimes think it would actually be interesting to return to Germany because now I would look at it with much more open eyes and would take photos and write about places through which I previously just rushed through on the way to work.

  46. Molybdenum Studios says:

    Hallo Herr Moser,

    It’s been very nice to read your blog, and I really appreciate it. (: Like you I like Israel, that’s why I’ll keep myself updated through your blog. (:

    Have a nice day, and more power to you! (:

  47. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    Quite inspiring- as you say our time here is limited and we should follow our hearts. Most of us chicken out- but you seem to have done it! Kudos!

    • Judging from only the first glances I took at your blog, you also seem to be on a very good track! Many of your stories and photos make me want to move to the East finally.

      • Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Thank you- yes it took a long time but I think I have finally struck a balance between my love for travel and experiencing new cultures and the need for monetary security- someday I’d like to take the leap of faith which would allow me to give up my 9-6 job hopefully- I just need to find that point on the horizon towards which I can keep working!
        The East is vast, diverse, overwhelming and intimidating at times for a lot of people. But as with every other corner of the world there are so many things to discover!

      • I gave up job security spontaneously when I was just fed up with it. It was risky, but I knew I could earn a bit with freelancing. Not as much as before, but by moving to more affordable places and scaling down my needs, it worked. The best thing is that I have more free time and can travel longer. I don’t necessarily see more places, but I stay for longer.

  48. Lila says:

    I checked out your blog because in my WordPress Reader it was one of the suggested blogs on the “You May Like..” widget on the side, and because your blog name was “The Happy Hermit” and I was expecting to find someone more like me–a hermit who’d /like/ to travel and wasn’t travelling. But then I see you’ve /been/ travelling, so it was like false advertisement.. smiles. How could you be a hermit? I asked myself, also, how could I possibly want to be a travelling girl–have that strong desire to get lost, now and then– and at the same time be this home body that I am? I want to travel, anyway, but how in the world will I do it? I’m not sure, but I plan to.

    After reading your story I am even more inspired and encouraged that you called yourself a hermit, but you’d have to explain it to me if you want me to really understand..smiles. Though I have to admit, I had a negative feeling before reading your blog closely.. that perhaps I’ve come across your blog before and read a discussion between you and someone else that was maybe hateful regarding Muslims or Palestine.. not sure which one, not even sure if it happened.. did it? That would disappoint me. I’m sorry if I’ve mistaken you for someone else, I don’t know much about you that’s why I’m asking this awkward question. Anyhow, we are all just human and I’m a loving person either way.. smiles.

    Thanks for sharing some of your journey. I enjoyed reading the comments here too, thought-provoking stuff, some ready to be debated (I’m surprised there isn’t a debate actually). And I would call this comment of mine the longest comment on this page, but the award of recognition goes to Adrian S Bell, thankfully.

    • I am very happy to hear that WordPress finally recommends my blog, after I have been working on it for years. I hope they won’t change their mind as soon as I publish something controversial again.

      I travel quite a bit, but I am a social hermit. I like to be alone, even when I travel. Walking through forests, climbing mountains, exploring a new city or enjoying a train ride and a book.

      I hope that I have never written anything hateful, and if I did it was not out of hate (which is a feeling which I rarely have), but to provoke someone or to provoke comments. Unfortunately, controversial comments are the second best thing after cat photos to drive traffic to my blog (and maybe after free legal advice). I am often very critical of people that I write about, but I hope that doesn’t come across as hateful. Also, I often ridicule certain beliefs, especially religious beliefs. But that isn’t inspired by or to be confused with hate either. I should also point out that I am equally dismissive of all religious beliefs and that I may be harshest on the one in which I was raised (Catholic Christianity), but which I thankfully could rid myself of as a teenager.

  49. Your photo from Castel del Monte snagged my attention, and I looked around your blog a bit. How is your Italian language learning coming along? That’s a dream of mine, learning Italian more fluently, but for now I have other obligations.

    • It’s going very slowly. I am just spending some time on Duolingo this moment and I read some pages in an Italian magazine today, as well as one lesson in my language course.
      But my main problem is that I am not a very social person, so I don’t speak much.

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