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Sure, World War II had some bad sides to it. But at least it got the Oktoberfest suspended between 1939 and 1945. Many times as I entered Israel, I was questioned thoroughly about the origin of my last name by … Continue reading

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How to get excess baggage on the plane – for free!

Did you know that most airlines have an exception for the baggage weight limit? If you are a student and the excess weight is due to study-related books, they let you pass. It works every time. But of course you … Continue reading

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If you are ever going to attend France’s National Day parade on 14 July, watch out for the pioneers of the Foreign Legion.  More Orwellian news out of Russia. Romania: “Look, USA, that’s how you do an impeachment. Quick and … Continue reading

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Mohammad Mostafaei, the lawyer with whom I was arrested in Iran, has written a book. He says I am in it too, but I can’t read Norwegian, so I have to wait for a translation. Does anyone still remember José Echegaray … 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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El Alto Airport in Bolivia

Flying to El Alto Airport, the airport serving La Paz in Bolivia and the highest international airport in the world (4061 m), is a beautiful experience, particularly when you whiz past Illimani, sometimes dangerously close. Allegedly, flying to and from … Continue reading

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Illimani in the Clouds

Flights in Bolivia are short, but scenic. On yesterday’s flight from Cochabamba to La Paz, there was a thick cover of clouds, so I fell asleep, thinking I won’t miss much. Luckily, I woke up just as we were passing Mount … Continue reading

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