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 …
Lithuania, January 2020
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 …
Slovakia, December 2019
My Christmas vacation was a welcome opportunity to spend a couple of days in Slovakia to visit my friends in Bratislava.
But I also wanted to make a few short hiking tours in the Fatra mountains in Central Slovakia, provided that the weather conditions would allow this.
I stayed in Banská Bystrica, a medium-sized city with around 80.000 inhabitants, throughout the whole Christmas holidays.
The most important city of Central Slovakia has a noteworthy history of copper-, silver- and gold-mining. German mining …