Category Archives: Czech Republic

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

Posted in Czech Republic, Photography, Travel | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Marienbad Eulogy

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. It seems that the Corona virus will impede long-distance travel for quite a while. In that time of need, maybe we’ll finally discover what has always been so close. Writing for an international audience, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Czech Republic, Health, History, Music, Photography, Travel | Tagged , | 17 Comments

Two Night Trains to the East

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. I am calling them night trains on purpose, not sleeper trains, because when I booked the tickets, I couldn’t discern if there would be a bed, maybe even a shower, or with how many people … Continue reading

Posted in Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Travel, Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Change of plans: Mariánské Lázně / Marienbad

Not quite last minute, but two days before my departure, the house-sitting gig in the Cotswolds in England fell through. That’s sad, because I had been looking forward to it. So, I sat here in Bavaria with a packed backpack, … Continue reading

Posted in Czech Republic, Travel | Tagged | 8 Comments

“Munich” by Robert Harris

Robert Harris, an experienced writer of historical thrillers, has taken on the Munich Agreement of 1938, in which Germany and the United Kingdom agreed that Germany could annex parts of Czechoslovakia. At the time, people believed that such a concession, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Czech Republic, Germany, History, UK, World War II | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Random Thoughts (22)

In 2017, I seem to have been a bit lazy. I did not run a single half-marathon. But with the risk of war rising, I want to become fitter again. Last weekend, I began by running a half-marathon near Pilsen … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Books, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Sports, Statistics, Travel, UK | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Random Thoughts (16)

Finland has some weird sports competitions.  Each time I return to Europe, rents have doubled. Tweets cannot change laws, regulations or rules. Each time Donald Trump tries to do so, he should be laughed at. Why can’t Microsoft Windows move … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Czech Republic, Finland, Language, Military, North Korea, Philosophy, Poland, Politics, Religion, Sports, Technology, USA, World War II | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Where is the center of Europe?

Reading the book Schwarze Erde, I became aware of a village in Ukraine that was calculated and named as the geographical center of Europe in 1887: Dilove. “Really?“ I wondered, not because I would begrudge Dilove the distinction, but because I had … Continue reading

Posted in Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Europe, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Maps, Photography, Poland, Travel, Ukraine | Tagged , , | 13 Comments