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Traveling in France

If you have followed this blog-project for a while you might think me as one experienced, solid and well-traveled guy who has probably scores of travel stories in mind (all worth writing about, of course).

This would really be a cool thing, but I have to admit that this is unfortunately not exactly the case – I never traveled that much in my life, and I visited France (one of my favorite destinations by now and the immediate neighbor of Germany, after all) for the first time …

Engineering series 9: Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Introduction

In the early nineties we had a family from Romania as neighbors, very nice people of German descent who had recently emigrated to Southern Germany to settle in the periphery of Munich where I was growing up.

At that time I was old enough to grasp (at least vaguely) the importance of the historic events that had occurred in the then called Eastern Bloc (Ostblock) a few years ago.

One after another communist one-party state collapsed as a consequence of the upheavals initiated by a discontent general …

Kaunas: Sightseeing, nightlife, and an old friendship

Lithuania, January 2020

Introduction

A while ago I stumbled across a survey that highlighted younger people’s lack of close friends these days, if you gauge this number against one or two generations ago.

I don’t know how compelling such kind of statistics generally are and how thoroughly the creators had gathered their figures (though I also have the perception that close friends are rather a rarity today), but if they are, I am fortunate to say that I don’t belong to a group without any friends at all.

This is …

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