Category Archives: Religion

A Postcard from the Mount of Beatitudes

Zur deutschen Fassung. I had been walking for three days, from Nazareth via Sepphoris, Cana, Kibbutz Lavi, the Horns of Hattin and Mount Arbel to Tiberias. There, I had upgraded to a bicycle to circle the Sea of Galilee. The … Continue reading

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A Postcard from Shiraz

In front of the Shah Cheragh Mosque, a guard stops me: “Are you Muslim?” “To be perfectly honest, I am not.” “I’m sorry, Sir, but today the mosque is only open to Muslims,” he explains, referring to the festival of … 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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The Holy Ghosts of the Azores

After several months of research in archives, in old ruins, and especially in every bar on the island, I am ready to disclose the mysteries I have uncovered – from Holy Ghosts to the Holy Grail. Continue reading

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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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Conversion in Jerusalem

Um diesen Artikel auf Deutsch zu lesen, klickt einfach hier. Just as I leave the courtyard in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, walking through a small gate, there are two Muslim men waiting. One of … Continue reading

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Pico without Pico, but with Corona

Diesen Artikel gibt es natürlich auch auf Deutsch. Einfach hier klicken. Everyone coming to the island of Pico wants to climb Mount Pico. Of course. It’s the highest mountain on the island. The highest peak of the Azores, even. Oh, … Continue reading

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Kyiv – Day 8/21 – Churches

Links: More from Ukraine. More about religion. Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Blogs.

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My secular Shabbat

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Texts. Readers of this blog will have noticed that I am a radical Atheist. But there is one religious idea that I have incorporated in my life, although in a secular version. It’s the idea of … Continue reading

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When Train Travel means Time Travel: on the Mennonite Express from Winnipeg to Toronto

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. This is the third part of the crossing-Canada-by-train trilogy, hence my recommendation to read part 1 and part 2 first. Otherwise, the whole story will go haywire and derail like a freight train, setting an innocent town ablaze. … Continue reading

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