I am sitting in a café called Panama Hotel Tea House adjacent to the hotel with the same name – a historic house previously occupied by Japanese. I don’t know the details, but this entire district is called Asia town and there are black and white pictures on the wall showing Asians [...]

Greece revisited. Part 5: Looters in Athens


The title is certainly not giving the city justice, with its charming old town, historic sites, faboulous market streets and great restaurants, and the many different neighbourhoods it has to offer. Sadly though, the highlight of our stay in Athens was not the city, but what happened right on the [...]

Greece revisited. Part 4: Salt Lake City


You are wondering why I am continuing the series after a month, already back in Germany? The next story will tell you. After we left Kastrosikia and Ammotopos behind us, we continued our road trip down South towards Athens, with a one night stop at two old friends’ house in Missolonghi. Leros [...]

Greece revisited. Part 3: Meeting the family


By the time we reached my uncle’s house we had already stopped by or greeted a couple of my father’s friends or distant relatives on the way and had had a small lunch at my great uncle Christos’ place, who by 12 was already drunk and insisted on serving us some Tiropita and [...]

Greece revisited. Part 1: Kastrosikia


Back to Greece, my father’s home, after many years. The last time I had been to Greece was before I went abroad and came back, before I started my own business and failed, before the end of my almost-marriage, before burying my idea to have kids, before the Greek financial crisis, before [...]

In love with Hong Kong


I was first in Hong Kong about a month ago, when I had to leave Bangkok yet again for a visa run – a routine I have had to follow monthly lately, not having a visa. And here I am again on a stopover on my way back to Europe. I am totally in love with this place, it has everything I currently [...]

The Caesarian Conspiracy


The (almost) futile quest for scientific facts about the “miracle” of birth Of the five friends whom I spoke with at some length about their first birth, every single one reported a birth “gone wrong”. Of the five, one had underestimated the birth pain, compared it to the feeling to be cut [...]

The relativists of Facebook


Before I share another travel report with you, I wish to make a rather sociological comment on what could be called philosophical positioning in the social realm. During the last couple of years of Facebook debates on numerous topics, I have noticed that – at least among my acquaintances [...]