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.

Wait, when was World War II again?

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. A strange questions, it seems, especially coming from someone studying history. But the more you travel in the post-Soviet world, i.e. in the countries that became independent after the end of the Soviet Union, the … Continue reading

Posted in Abkhazia, History, Military, Photography, Russia, Ukraine, World War II | Tagged | 14 Comments

Film Review: “Cast Away”

As I am currently stranded on a far-away island myself, people have been making references to “Cast Away”, Chuck Noland and Wilson. The references seemed to increase as my Robinsonade persisted and my beard grew. Finally, I felt like I … Continue reading

Posted in Films, Travel | Tagged , | 6 Comments

In the Clouds

It was a beautiful day on the island, made all the more beautiful by white fluffy things floating through the ink-blue sky. “Are these air-sheep?”, I asked the farmer in the field, for who would know more about animals, land- … Continue reading

Posted in Azores, Photography, Portugal, Travel, Video Blog | Tagged , | 13 Comments

In the Foreign Legion

Diesen spannenden Insider-Bericht gibt es auch auf Deutsch. A few years ago, the desire for education reared its nosy head again, remembered the high school from which I had graduated decades before, and was in deep and mournful regret that … Continue reading

Posted in France, Language, Military, Sports, Travel | Tagged , | 19 Comments

German Law: What happens to Children when the Parents die?

Recently, parents seem to be thinking about their possible early demise, because I have been getting this question more frequently: “What will happen to our children if we, mother and father, were to die?” I don’t know why people are … Continue reading

Posted in Death, Family Law, German Law, Germany, Law, Travel | Tagged , | 8 Comments

A Chinese in Vienna

During some meeting of some committee of some sub-organization at the United Nations in Vienna, I got to know a young lady from China. Qian was doing an internship as a simultaneous interpreter for Mandarin and English. Simultaneous interpreters are … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, China, Language, Statistics, Travel | Tagged | 9 Comments

Strangers in the Park

Hier geht es zur deutschen Fassung dieser Geschichte. I had two days left in Boston before returning to Germany, and I didn’t know anybody in the city. The year was 2009 and, as far as I knew, the internet hadn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, Bolivia, Life, Love, Photography, Romania, Serbia, Travel, USA | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Not quite a Thousand Kilometers, but a Good Start

For the moment, hitchhiking is pretty much suspended. But this story of a trip across central Europe, from Belgium to Bavaria, offers interesting encounters, practical tips and grounds for dreaming about the time hereafter. Den deutschsprachigen Lesern empfehle ich die … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium, Germany, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

German Supreme Court approves anti-Corona measures – for now

The German Supreme Court, or Federal Constitutional Court, to translate its name literally, has approved the anti-Corona measures. At least for the time being. The measures to fight the pandemic in Germany are not the strictest in Europe. For example, … Continue reading

Posted in German Law, Germany, Health, Human Rights, Law | 4 Comments

The Asparagus Airlift

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. To fight the Corona virus pandemic, Romania has imposed a very strict curfew, which is being controlled by the police and by the military. Now, the happiest people are those living in the countryside and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Germany, Politics, Romania | Tagged | 6 Comments