Category Archives: Europe

En March – Macron

What a trip from Berlin to Ludwigsburg. Six hours by train and finally I cycled home by bike in the rain. I heard about Macrons victory at the train station in Stuttgart. Suddenly I saw the news on one of the big screens, in between an advertisment for a chocolate and a video clip about ants, that can carry leaves ten times bigger then the animals themselves. Mmmm. An old man behind me murmured “Ah, so Macron made it…”, but to be honest, nobody was really interested. Not so good, if you ask me, because this result was not for granted and we should care. So this 39 year old man carries the burden now, to save the European Union. I’m 33. I don’t know how he will be able to do the job. Learning by doing, I guess. Let’s just hope he will try to be the best version of himself. Let’s agree, that he has the right to make mistakes and to fail. Let’s tell the intellectuals and journalists in France and arround the world, that they are better off to help this poor guy to learn everything he needs to know, then to criticize him until he gives up himself. Five years to go Emmanuel Macron! It’s your mission and you have not only my support. You have a majority behind you. Call Obama! He carried a huge burden as well, when he took over. And finally: Merci la France!


10 Minuten nachdenken über Tagesgeschehen – Wahltag in Frankreich

Als ich heute morgen durch Berlin gelaufen bin und zwei Französinnen auf ihren Rädern an mir vorbei fuhren und miteinander sprachen, habe ich ganz sensibel reagiert. Heute Französisch zu hören, führt mich natürlich wieder zu dem Gedanken, dass ihr Franzosen heute wählen gehen solltet/könnt/müsst! Als ich beim Bäcker frühstückte und nebenbei den Leitartikel des Berliner Tagesspiegels zur Wahl in Frankreich lass, wurde mir nicht wohler. Die Franzosen haben heute eigentlich wirklich keine Wahl…was tun, wenn man schon absehen kann, dass der dann hoffentlich heute Abend gewählte jüngste Präsident Frankreichs, es dananch tatsächlich verdammt schwer haben wird, irgend etwas durch zu bekommen, weil er eigentlich eben nicht die Mehrheit hinter sich vereinen konnte. Was heißt es, wenn die Leute dich wählen, nur weil sie eine andere Katastrophe verhindern wollen? Er ist klug, aber wird es ihm gelingen mit denen ins Gespräch zu kommen, die nicht zur Elite gehören? Als ich letztes Wochenende in Paris war (eine Woche vor der Wahl) habe ich mich eigentlich gewundert. Man hatte den Eindruck, dass es die Franzosen garnicht so richtig interessiert. Ich habe jedenfalls keine Demos gesehen und auch keinen getroffen, der die Leute aufgerufen hat: “Geht wählen!” Keine großen Bewegungen, die Marine Le Pen, verhindert wollen. Da scheint die Motivation 2002 noch größer gewesen zu sein.
Nur einmal habe ich in den drei Tagen einen Schriftzug gegen den Front National gesehen und hier und da waren ein paar Plakate beschmiert, aber sonst…wen interessiert diese Wahl?

Und natürlich sind jetzt plötzlich vermeintliche “News” oder “Fake News” aufgetaucht. Spätestens bei diesen Zeilen hatte ich für heute schon wieder genug von diesem tollen Internet und der Schnelligkeit. Dann mit diesem beim Frühstück angeeigneten neuen Wissen auf in den nächsten Konferenztag gestartet. Bitte geht wählen liebe Franzosen und danach sehen wir weiter…

Camino: From St. Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

You might wonder why I stoped writing all of a sudden!? Well I went on a walk at the end of May, without any technical equipment really, so I just wrote my diary. In June I started to work full time in a new position at the Academy of Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg and since then I lost track somehow. On the Camino you walk, you talk, you eat and you sleep. I really enjoyed that! In the working world you work, you eat and you sleep. I’m struggeling to adapt myself to the office circle of life at the moment…maybe that is why I was thinking about the Camino experience again tonight. I’m so glad that I joined Chris and Deanne for that one week. It was not my idea to walk the Camino but such a wonderful opportunity to meet friends again and try out some pilgrimage. They wrote a great blog about their camino experience, that you can read here by the way. A few days before I left Frankfurt (Germany) for Bilbao (Spain) I found out that Angie, a friend of mine from Halifax (Canada), was also one her way to walk the Camino. Unfortunately I was not able to meet her, because we started 3 days earlier and I had to return on time to start my new job, but Deanne and Chris did met her on the way. What I learned from all this is, that the world is such a small place nowadays. You just need to communicate your ideas. Maybe a friend would be up for the very same adventure you just dream about, if you would ask. Most often we stop dreaming and say naaa, it’s not gonna work out…but that’s not true. So it’s time to share some picture and dream about traveling tonight.

We have met up in San Sebastian and bused to Bayonne to catch a train to go to St. Jean Pied de Port. Make sure that you print out the way to your hotel from the train station in St. Jean Pied de Port to the place where you are staying and be prepared to get lost in France anyway. It’s really funny. Such a small village and thousands of pilgrims from arround the world, who arrive there every year, but they don’t put up any sings at the train station. We have made it anyway – no worries – and once you are on the trail you are fine. I really loved the walk over the Pyrenees and it’s a good thought to know that I already did the most beautiful and most difficult part of the walk. Thank you Deanne and Chris!!!

I walked the fallowing stages:

St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles (27.7 km): The weather was bad in the early morning, good when we started to walk at 9 am and very rainy and cold from 1 pm on until we arrived in the very comfortable albergue.

Roncesvalles to Zubiri (21 km): Good weather conditions, no complains.

Zubiri to Pamplona (20 km): Great weather. Very sunny day, but we missed Deanne as she had to catch a bus, because of knie issues.

Eveybody we met on the trail had some knie or uncle issues. I guess it’s because the very first stages are very difficult. So what you really need to walk the Camino is a knee bandage, anty inflame cream guys and a good jacket to protect you from the cold on top of the Pyrenees.

I catched a bus from Pamplona back to Bilbao, but I would like to continue my walk some day in the future and I already know it’s easy to get there. 😉 So if I decide that I’m unhappy in the office, but don’t know jet what else I would like to do I could just continue this journey and see what happens.

Walk on and take care!

PS: Yes I visited the theater in Pamplona. Guess what: they only have 14 permanent employees. I don’t know how this art system works…unbelievable.

Teatro Gayarre

Hamburg Harbour Tour

Here are a few impression of a harbour tour in Hamburg from last weekend. We had a very nice tour guide, which is essential, if you are on a boat for two hours. The most controversially discussed building in Hamburg and maybe even in Germany (fallowed by the new airport Berlin-Brandenburg) right know is the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The concert building was supposed to open up in 2010. Now they talk about 2017 and finally sell tickets for that season. Intended costs for that building 150 Million Euros…at the end Germany spent about 800 Million Euros. It looks fancy for a rebuild depot hall, doesn’t it?

New Concert Hall Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2016)
Town Hall in Hamburg
World Heritage Site Speicherstadt Hamburg





“Giselle” Live from the Royal Opera House

“Good evening everybody around the world.” It was the first time that I saw a production of the live cinema season 2015/16 of the Royal Opera House in London and I was thrilled. Only 22 visitors brought tickets for this cinema evening in Cassel (Germany) and it was a shame, because the show was fantastic! “Giselle” is a classic romantic ballet and most people know the story about the poor farmer’s girl Giselle, who is falling in love with duke Albrecht. He breaks her heart and in act two the Wilis, vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day, will try to dance Albrecht to death. But love wins in this powerful story! Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version, which was first staged in St. Petersburg in 1884. What makes a cinema screening of a production of a world famous dance company so special is the technical realization. “Giselle” was directed for the cinema by Ross Macgibbson in an excellent way. I don’t know how many cameras they use, but you can see every single detail on an 18 x 10 meters screen in a multiplex cinema. In fact you can see the facial expressions and the technical work of the dancers much better than form every seat in a performance theater. The price for this of course is that you miss the live atmosphere in an opera house. They try to compensate this with help of a live moderation from backstage before the show starts and with interviews in the intermission live from the foyer of the Royal Opera House. It is a good solution, because the moderator speaks live to the audiences in the cinemas around the world (in this case about 1500 cinemas). In addition they show the visitors in the cinemas produced short films with impressions of the rehearsals. That way one can really learn a lot about the creative process of the company. One other main thing that I missed was the total view of the stage. The cameras determine the point of view of the spectator. I see what the director wants me to see on the screen and I have no chance to focus on a ballerina in the corps de ballet only, like I could in the theater, if I wanted. I talked to a German technical employee in the cinema afterwards and he gave me some more information’s. They hardly have any technical problems with the live screenings any more, but there are only a very few shows that sell very well however. The Rocky Horror Show was a success and the screenings of the concert screenings of the Berliner Philharmoniker do very well. Besides the cinemas have similar problems just as the theaters. People like to stay at home these days and most of them have a huge TV screen anyway. We need to change that again people. It really makes a difference! I switch of my mobile phone, when I go to the theater or the cinema. I spent my time and concentration to enjoy a show with a friend. It’s a special evening and I am full of ideas and thankful afterwards. A TV never made me happy that way and I doubt anyone would disagree with me! What do you think? Share your thoughts about this question and live cinema screenings with me! Leave a comment!


Theater screened live in Cinema

Have your heard about the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 jet? What do you think about watching a theater performance live in a Cinema? Is that the future? I don’t think so, but I’m not too sure. The (social)media revolution surprised me quiet a few times in the last years and people love stars. I will go out tonight to see the ballet “Giselle”, live performed at the Royal Opera House in London, but I’m not in London. I will see the Cinema screening in Cassel. It’s the first time for me and I wonder, if I should dress up or not. Probably not. I would do so, if I would go to the Opera house. The main difference between going out to see a performance in your local theater or opera and watching a movie is, that the performance happens live on stage. You see the actors / dancers and you share the moments with all the other people in the audience, who came to see the show that day. Sometimes something special happens. A Theater screening in a Cinema is neither a real live performance nor a simple movie situation. I understand the pros. Sucessful productions reach a larger audience. I don’t need to hope on a plane. I just wonder does it really make a difference, if I see a live screening instead of movie? Let’s see how it feels like to see a performance live on a screen.

The Travel Storytelling Festival

Hi! Are you a travel blogger and up for a new event and a spontaneous trip to Brussels in April?! Here is your chance. 9 days left to organize it! I just found out about the Travel Storytelling Festival and the brand new website in online now too. You can meet speakers who traveled arround the world, you can join workshops, concerts and photography exhibitions and on top of it all you will have a great time with inspiring people. “Mr. WoopWoop!” alias The Social Traveler or Bjorn Troch from Belgium is one of the speakers. I met him at the Teatro Hostel in Barcelona in 2015 and wanted to write about him anyway. Back then I just started this blog project and was a bit to shy or thought it would be silly to tell him, that I try to start something similar (with respect to the idea to make a living out of traveling and writing). Now you know Bjorn! I really like his project idea. He is on the road since 2010 and was cycling a tandem bike from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong for example. People follow and influence his travels around the world and the community sometimes gives him challenges. Check out is facebook profile for more details. I don’t know any of the other speakers (jet), but I’m sure it’s worse to check out some of their blogs. Anne-Laure Carruth and her friend (2 women!) for example traveled around the Mediterranean in 2014 to experience and document everyday life in North Africa and the Middle East. Dave Cornthwaite from the UK attracted my attention with his idea to undertake 25 non-motorised 1000+ mile journeys. I would love to join the festival, but will not be able to make it this year. Next time maybe. Till then ALL THE BEST!