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Life … but how to live it?

Cure of souls

Posted on November 29, 2012

This week has been really awesome so far. I am joining a class for journalistic writing, if that translates. So, on monday we introduced ourselves and started with writing short news. We had a lot of fun finding synonyms for simple verbs like “to walk” or “to eat” and Detlef Kühn – the teacher – has a great sense of humor. On tuesday we went to “Spicy’s”, a spice museum in Hamburgs HafenCity.
A really inspiring place to be! Did you know, that Safran is called “The laughing dead”? Only ten gram would kill you – having the best time of your life! Also I learned that a big company – well known for it’s brown sugary caffeine soft drink – is the world’s largest consumer of bourbon vanilla. It’s a soft drug, but makes you totally addicted! It’s also an aphrodisiac.

Today I had the chance to do some research for a reportage I had to write. A class member and I went to a church boat. They also have a small boat – called Barkasse – they use to visit all the boat people from all over the world stuck in Hamburg harbor for a while. They offer spiritual support as well as the latest newspaper – even in Czech –, some chocolate and fresh fruits. The guy on the left – Manfred Jahnke – is kind of a priest.

In the picture on the right you can see the two skippers – Henry (69) and Manni (71). They are cute old guys and I really enjoyed their company. Henry sometimes said stuff like “Don’t you know that? You don’t know anything!” though, but I can live with that! I am almost done with my reportage and glad I had the chance to meet those really lovely people!

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Following in Nosferatus footsteps..

Posted on August 18, 2012

Last weekend, mysterious ways led me to one of the locations, Nosferatu was filmed long time ago. During my research, I learned that Wismar is a small town which has basically an intact old historic city center – one of the reasons it was chosen for the setting. It’s also right around the corner from the baltic sea. I had to ride my bike along the baltic sea bike way for twelve hours straight and take pictures for a print magazine. Fortunately, I could recruit two friends of mine as models. The weather was beautiful. A perfect day for a bike trip. The area is not so crowded and you can find a lot of small bays you can hang out and relax. Highly recommended!

In the Ghetto

Posted on July 7, 2012

I just came back from an amazing trip to Mallorca, where I spent a few days for an article about couchsurfing. I arrived late on friday june 29th and headed over to my first host’s place, which is located in the old city center near the cathedral. Asier is a very funny and nice guy and we ended up dancing all night long. Next day he showed me his favorite beach in the very south of the island which was awesome. It’s a little more work to get there, but it was worth it. I spent a great day with my next host, Max. She took me with her to her sailing class, where I got a free motorboat ride and a lot of nice beach views. Sunday was the night of the European Championship final game and I headed over to Cala Major in the west of Palma de Mallorca. Robert, my next host stayed at a friend’s place and invited me to join them. I actually found out, that this place is the so called “Ghetto” of Palma, which didn’t change anything for me. As you all know-Spain won and it was a great party. We shared the room, that was actually more of a balcony, with a chicken, a rabbit and a turtle and a couple of tomato plants. I watched one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life close to Valldemossa with a nice view on Sa Foradada, which is a rock in the water with a hole inside. Next day I spent more time on beautiful beaches taking pictures before meeting up with Mel from Bremen, Germany, who is a diving teacher in Port Andratx. She got me super tasty Mojitos and a great couch to stay for the night. Normally, I wouldn’t have visited so many hosts in such a short time, but for my article, I wanted to meet as many people as possible and it was a great experience.

I just wish, I could have spent more time with every single host. The last day I headed over to Pedro’s place. He’s a funny guy and originally from Asturias in the north of Spain. He made great dinner and we talked about couchsurfing and some other private stuff on his balcony. I had breakfast the last day at the airport and really felt ok about saying goodbye, but it is also strange on the other side. Having entered people’s lives and disappearing almost the same moment. If you like to hear Robert singing, check out the video!