Israel-Palestine: A Year in Review (June 2017)

Whereas often authors complain of a writer’s block when about to write something important, I might just have the opposite problem in concluding my year in Jerusalem in writing. There is simply too much to say for a (short) blog post. Not only because too much has happened, but also because I have reflected at…

Israel – Warming Up and Cooling Down (March 2017)

There are many signs that the spring is approaching and the infamous Jerusalem heat is not too far off anymore: I have left the windows of my room open all day recently, I replaced the heater in my room with a fan and yesterday I sent my winter-jacket back home and wore short trousers for the first…

Israel – Halfway Through (December 2016)

If one has been brought up in a (formerly) Christian society, one is easily lead to believe that the greatest Christmas-experience of all is the one that takes place where it actually all happened: Bethlehem. People might think that there is something magical to spending the time around Christmas in the Holy Land. Living in Jerusalem…

Israel – Settling In (September 2016)

Time is a peculiar thing. Sometimes it seems like it passes way too fast, sometimes it appears as if it does not pass at all. Although this is a cliche thing to say, the first of these two sensations is certainly accurate for describing my experience here so far. It is now almost three months…

Israel – Arrival (July 2016)

Although I have so far been using this blog more as a way of concluding my experiences in various countries, this post will set a precedent for writing during I am in a country. In this way writing about my life also means that there will be overlaps with my diary and writing this blog in general will not so…

Austria (1998-2016)

It may look funny that on a global-citizen/living-in-different-countries blog I would write about the land I grew up in but the idea is not so far fetched in my opinion. One way to look at it is that just like we as humans are only guests on this planet, likewise I am only a guest in my…

Nepal (2015)

Summer vacation is a long time in Austria (nine weeks) and usually I spend this time doing a lot of different things, ranging from staying at our vacation house in the mountains via going to Italy or being at a summer camp to working. This having been my final year however, I have decided that I would…

Ecuador (2013-14)

From August 2013 till March 2014 I have been as an exchange student with AFS in Ecuador. In this blog I want to conclusively reflect about this my “half-a-year-abroad”. This is not supposed to be a travel journal or a testimony of what has happened there, but rather a kind of re-pondering about this phase of my…

To Live Worldwide – Personal Reflections of a Global Citizen

Most people have a home for which they have very strong feelings. There is the house where they have grown up, the room where they have made their homework and the bed in which they have slept at night. It is a strong emotional connection. It is that much more difficult to give that up…