Category Archives: Life

Why I will return to Europe

Originally, I had planned to spend several years in Latin America to take the time to explore every country from Argentina to Mexico. As an advocate for change, I have however scrapped this plan and I will return to Europe … Continue reading

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Career or Love – You can’t have both

From a 1953 edition of The Girl Friend comes a test for women who need to choose between pursuing a “career” (which probably meant being a secretary) and “love” (meaning a boring life as a housewife). Interesting that you couldn’t have both. … Continue reading

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Emergency Contact

“Do you have an emergency contact?” the lady from Avianca Airlines at the airport in Arequipa asked. I had to think. And then, sadly realizing how alone I was in this world and that nobody cared, I said “no”, evoking … Continue reading

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My Gym

Walking up and down the stairs to and from the 10th floor every day helps a lot. (The lift boy already thinks I am scared of this modern technology.) I also walk to any place where I can get in less … Continue reading

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How to do Adventure – a Guide in 24 Steps

lluniFrom my current base in La Paz in Bolivia, I wanted to climb Chacaltaya. It seemed like a relatively easy mountain above 5000 m, and thus a good opportunity to set a new altitude record without falling into crevasses and battling with yetis. In … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s mid-February. If you are like me, most of your new year’s resolutions have already dissipated, been forgotten or pushed to March or April. The smarter ones among you won’t have made any resolutions in the first place. But if … Continue reading

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Bury my heart – wherever

People ask me why I don’t go to a hospital when I am sick, when I get bitten by a bear/anaconda/piranha, when I have strange viruses, when I am bleeding from all orifices or when I have kidney stones (OK, … Continue reading

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