Buenos Aires – Fourfold Compass (Spring 20)

Corona – the crown -has disrupted normal certainty for almost every human being these days. It upended my plans by sending me home, to Graz in Austria, some 10 weeks before I would have left South America. Thus, instead of staying until the end of the semester and then returning to Brazil for several weeks…

Berlin, Europe – Prototypes (Fall 19)

It is befitting to write a reflection on the 31st of December –  not only because I am undoubtedly joining millions of others all around the world; but also because this reflection is ending not only a semester in Berlin but more than three months of summer spent in Austria. The red-white-red stripes of the…

India+ Continuing (Spring19)

During my time in India (and later Singapore & Shanghai) whenever songs would spontaneously pop into my inner space of awareness, I would meticulously write them down. All in all, I have thus gathered more than 350 instances of when that happened. Beautiful by United Pursuit came up, for example, as I was inspired to write down the following:…

Seoul, South Korea – Owning Up (Fall 2018)

When I first discovered that Seoul’s proper pronunciation sounds like ‘soul’ in English, I found it ironic but did not think much of it. Now, leaving this mega-city, I choose to give symbolic significance to this coincidence. After a summer in which I went through recurring states of depression and was ‘slouching’ in my actions,…

Brazil Summer – Second Turning (2018)

There are too many ways to make sense of my life in Brazil in its entirety. Each of these narratives has meaningful insights and each of these has its limitations. I might use the narrative of developmental science and talk about the areas of growth, along the lines of ‘I set out with the wish…

SF, CA, US – Fullness (17/18)

In one way, many things are coming to an end now – externally and concretely like my time here in San Francisco and my teenage years; and internally and indefinitely like the hegemony of intellect in my life. In another way, I am again at a beginning of the emergence of greater complexity with all…

Austria Summer – Rooted(2017)

Driving myself to the airport feels very different from being driven to the airport. Even though I am leaving in both cases, I have to concentrate on the traffic and be in the moment in the first case, while in the second I can already dwell among the clouds – however the security checks will…

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…