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 [...]



Es gibt einige Lebensbereiche, die besonders von einer Diskrepanz zwischen Ehrlichkeit und Etikette betroffen sind, und einer dieser Bereiche ist der Bewerbungsprozess bei Unternehmen. Wenn man es nicht gerade mit einem Startup zu tun hat, scheint es mir manchmal mehr um einen Test der im [...]

Zeichen der Hoffnung


Ich habe inzwischen einen speziellen Handy-Abcheck-Blick entwickelt, bei dem meine Augen ohne Kopfbewegung blitzschnell und gezielt die LED-Leuchte meines Handys fokussieren und ebenso schnell wieder zurückschnellen. Mit diesem move, der mehr nervöses Augenzucken als ein eigentlicher Blick ist, [...]



Nach 2,5 Jahren als Migrant unter Asiaten habe ich nun, zurück im Schoße meiner Heimat, einen paternalistischen Bezug zu Asiaten entwickelt, mit denen ich mich in einem besonderen Verhältnis wäge, da ich nun selbstverständlich ein Experte auf dem Gebiet aller Asiaten im Allgemeinen bin. Daran [...]

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 [...]