Category Archives: Travel

“… and the noble gesture of the German commander”

“If I hadn’t followed orders, I would have been shot myself” the culprits say, and their defense attorneys call it “acting under superior orders” when someone is indicted for crimes committed during World War II. A handy excuse, this alleged moral dilemma. Except that … Continue reading

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These birds are having fun

(Photographed at the Municipal Park in Trani, Apulia, Italy.)

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Burglar-Friendly Facade

Breaking into this house does not even require the skills of John Robie aka “The Cat” in the Hitchcock film “To Catch a Thief”. (Spotted in Trani, Apulia, Italy. The exact address will be shared for a stake in the loot.)

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Free Internet

But only for lawyers: (Spotted in Trani, Apulia, Italy.)

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Video Blog: Macedonia by Train

Of course there is also a video to accompany my article on travelling through Macedonia by train. But this time, it won’t be one of my self-made, stuttering amateur videos in which you can’t understand anything because of the noisy wind. No, … Continue reading

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Macedonia by Train

A lonely steam engine rests on the tracks. It is no longer operational, but it fits well into the image created by the train station. Prilep is the fourth-largest city in Macedonia, but the train station looks like that of a … Continue reading

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The worst thing about MH17

Death in itself is nothing to fear. We know it will happen, and we know it has to happen, for otherwise the world would become even more crowded. It is the time and the manner of death that we fear. Regarding … Continue reading

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Animals of Macedonia

In one day, while hiking from Prilep to Treskavec Monastery (and back), I saw the range of animals living in Macedonia, some of them expected, others unexpectedly exotic. Horses are no surprise in a landscape that could be used for shooting … Continue reading

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Video Blog: Sounds of Skopje

It was evening when I arrived at Skopje and by the time I had made my way from the hostel to the city center, it had gotten dark. First time in Macedonia and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely … Continue reading

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Is there a discount if I get MA and PhD at the same time?

You can tell that something is wrong with higher education when university degrees are advertised at “999 €” prices like bicycles or package holidays. (European University in Skopje, Macedonia.)

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