Author Archives: Andreas Moser

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.

Film Review: “Nomadland”

Zur deutschen Fassung. In the land of the free, the middle class is free to descend into poverty and homelessness rather quickly. One bad divorce, a factory closing, medical bills, and poof, you are as free as you never wanted … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Ago, Belgium became the most Complicated Country in Europe – July 1921: Language Border between Wallonia and Flanders

Zur deutschen Fassung. The inability to form a new government quickly after an election is usually associated with failed states such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or the USA. However, the record for the longest time needed to form a government … Continue reading

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Austrian Border Control

When you’re smuggling Italian cigars while hitchhiking across the Alps, the imposing Austrian customs checkpoint near Nauders will give you a brief scare. But it was Sunday morning and the soldiers were apparently attending church. Or they didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Vogelsang, the Nazi Castle in the Eifel

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. After having hiked up and down all the green hills around Bad Münstereifel, I wanted to hitchhike for a change. No matter where. But in this goal-oriented society, where a plan counts for more than … Continue reading

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House Sitting ain’t always a Holiday

I am currently house/cat sitting in Trento, Italy. At the invitation of a fellow history student, I am watching his two cats and – from the balcony – the cathedral where the Council of Trent took place. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Ago, Alcohol secured World Peace – June 1921: Åland

Zur deutschen Fassung dieser Geschichtsstunde. Where Hannibal once took his elephant for a walk, now the highways are crossing the Alps. Where the Romans no longer felt like expanding and built a wall to keep the neighbors out, today the … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Ago, Whites couldn’t bear Blacks being Successful – May 1921: Black Wall Street

Zur deutschen Fassung. The average white family in the U.S. has a net worth of $ 171,000, while the average family of color has one of $ 17,150. That this tenfold wealth gap cannot be due to individual effort or … Continue reading

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Hitchhiking, an Odyssey with 50 Hail Marys (part 3 of 3)

Zur deutschen Fassung. If you want to do things in any logical order, you better read part 1 and part 2 of the hitchhiking odyssey before reading this article. You remember, I hadn’t made it onto the motorway, the sun … Continue reading

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Hitchhiking, an Odyssey with 50 Hail Marys (part 2 of 3)

Zur deutschen Fassung. If you want to do things in any logical order, you better read part 1 of the hitchhiking odyssey before reading this article. You remember that we had reached Friedrichshafen without any major hiccup. But then I … Continue reading

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Hitchhiking, an Odyssey with 50 Hail Marys (part 1 of 3)

Zur deutschen Fassung. Last weekend, I finally hit the road again: hitchhiking through the Swiss cantons of Zurich, St Gallen and Thurgau, across Lake Constance and through the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. A brisk 500 km is what … Continue reading

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