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.

Hermit for Hire

Of the name of this blog, the hermit part actually suits me better than the happy part. Or, to be more precise, happiness often depends on hermitness. It’s becoming increasingly harder to become hermity, though, not least because the number … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years Ago, Christmas was still Exciting – December 1920: Bloody Christmas

Zur deutschen Fassung. I find it perfectly fitting that some states have declared a state of emergency for Christmas. Because for me, Christmas has always been a disaster to be avoided. Usually, I escaped by traveling to countries as devoid … Continue reading

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Spain is already celebrating Christmas today

Zur deutschen Fassung. In many countries, a battle is raging over whether 24 or 25 December is the real Christmas. A battle between capitalists and Christians that is being waged with particular ferocity this year. Some want to die for … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years Ago …

Zur deutschen Fassung. As you know, I’m sometimes a little overdue with my articles. That’s how I came to history, by the way: I wanted to tell you about something, I don’t even remember what it was. Maybe the first … Continue reading

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Santa Claus in May

Diesen Bericht¬†gibt es auch auf Deutsch. Everywhere in the world, Santa Claus shows up on 6¬†December. Not so in Bari, a city in the south of Italy. Here, he comes in May and he stays for a whole week. 7:40 … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance for Lunch

I am currently writing the article about cat-sitting in Cornwall and my attempt to hike the South West Coast Path. Here’s a little appetizer: Stay tuna-ed! Links: Meanwhile, more articles from the United Kingdom. And did you know that my … Continue reading

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Taarof, the most confusing thing about Iran

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Berichts. The taxi ride through Tehran was short, but there was enough time to yield three surprises. First, the driver who had stopped for me was female. I had just arrived in Iran, with an image … Continue reading

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Kyselka, the Forgotten Spa Town

Zur deutschen Fassung des Berichts. “Not much will have changed,” I thought and had packed a somewhat older travel guide for the trip to the Czech Republic. If Karlsbad is too busy for you and you are tired of the … Continue reading

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Remembrance with Kebab: Babi Yar

I don’t know what exactly I expected when I went to the site of the largest mass shooting in the Holocaust, but this I didn’t expect. Continue reading

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What to do with a History Degree?

Ever since I have been studying history, people who think that every means needs to have an end have been asking: “What do you want to do with that?” My honest answer: I want to know more and to understand … Continue reading

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