Category Archives: History

In the King’s Footsteps (Day 3) Lake Ammer

On the third stage of my hike, I was just about to set up my camp in a park, when a helpful stranger invited me into his lakeside villa.
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Hiiumaa, the real Adventure Island

I have been on lots of islands, some of them far away like Australia or Easter Island. After paying a lot and polluting heaps of air to get there, I was wondering if it’s really worth it. And as a … Continue reading

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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 2) Andechs Abbey

I swear, I just wanted to walk through the Bavarian countryside. No idea why I almost ended up in prison.
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In the King’s Footsteps (Day 1) Lake Starnberg

The hike begins with a change of plan, with a serious scare, and with murder and mystery.
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The Iron Curtain and Freedom of Travel

When I was in Transnistria, I had to go to the immigration office to obtain a tourism permit that would allow me to stay in the country beyond the 48-hour visa that I had picked up at the train station. … Continue reading

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The most stupid plan of all times

The battle of El-Alamein, crazy scientists, a great idea and nuclear explosions. Actually, a stupid idea and nuclear explosions. Continue reading

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History Lessons in Bolivia

In a remote jungle school in Bolivia, I am surprised by what the children learn about Germany. Continue reading

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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

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Flight to Horta

Zur deutschen Fassung dieser Geschichte. On the plane to the island of Faial, I notice that many people have brought thick books with them. An island seems to be a good place to read, and I wonder why people, if … Continue reading

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The Smoking Snakes

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. These days, eurocentric Europeans are celebrating the end of World War II, although in Asia, that show didn’t get cancelled until a few months later. The surviving US-American, British, French, Belgian, New Zealand, Australian, Indian, … Continue reading

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