The Scars of Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina)
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Hollywood, California)
"She puts a red gift package on the table. The two bunnies on the cover suggest that this is a birthday present for a child. Using some camouflage techniques is maybe not a bad
idea. You never know who else might be watching. I have a quick look inside, while the staff member is nervously scanning the environment, wondering if some of the guests in the restaurant are
A traveler's "Episode VII": Click here and press start.
- A local describes how she perceived the war in Bosnia as a child
- Visiting a traditional Bosnian house that was built in Ottoman times
- Watching the sunset in Sarajevo from the fort Bijela Tabija
... plus some rather curious facts revolving around a toilet of historical signifcance and secret strategies of jealous Bosnian women
Late August, 2015 - The overland trip began in Germany and reached its peak in Athens. A considerable amount of refugees has started to reach Germany via the Western Balkan route. The direction to which I was heading was nearly the same route that the refugees took after crossing the ocean, except that it was the opposite direction. My first encounter with the refugees was in Belgrade. This time, however, I would meet them in a much more tenseful atmosphere. Apart from a few Afghans at the bus station in Thessaloniki, on my way from Macedonia to Athens I did not see any refugees, because I reached Thessaloniki via Bitola, whereas the refugee crisis in this region is taking place in and around the border town Gevgelija. After my stay in Athens, the initial plan was to take a flight to Belgrade, or maybe to Cyprus. However, only one day before I left Macedonia, I received the confirmation that I can volunteer in a hostel in Skopje, making me conclude that I should take the more affordable buses back to Macedonia. Of course I am aware of what is going on in Gevgelija, but I am probably not the only regular traveller who takes a bus from Greece to Macedonia these days. What can happen?
Who has not had the wish to travel through time, to see what the future is like, to change certain moments of the past or just to relive the most beautiful moments of the past? We may not be able to travel through time like in the movies, but today an increasing number of people has the privilege to travel extensively in a way that makes us feel like we have left the present. And although we cannot manipulate the past and we cannot travel to the future, even listening to songs, watching movies or looking at pictures can feel like travelling through time, a way to relive the 'good old days', with which we associate the respective objects that feed our nostalgia, or a way to remember what constituted the 'good' in those days. For a moment we go back to the past, we can just enjoy it, or even learn from it.
How time flies! But admittedly, the reason why I speak about time, why I speak about travelling, and why I speak about time travelling, has not too much to do with starting a big philophical or scientific debate, but with what's trending on social media these days and how it reminds me of one specific moment that lies five years back, when I visited the Universal Studios in Hollywood and saw this vehicle that has become famous for being depicted as a time machine in what has become one of the greatest trilogies in film history. The original DeLorean that was used in Steven Spielberg's "Back to the Future" was one of the biggest highlights of the Studio Tour in Hollywood. As the online magazine Slash Gear reported, this model was used most of the times and in all three parts. After years of restoration, the DeLorean has been relocated to the Universal Experience museum.
Es ist eines der bekanntesten Wahrzeichen Deutschlands, Teil des UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes, und das drittgrößte Kirchengebäude der
Welt. Es ist aber viel weniger die Größe, als die architektonische Beschaffenheit, durch die der Kölner Dom imponiert. Die wahre Größe der Kirche sehen aber viele Menschen in
Deutschland derzeit im Zeichen, das sie heute gegen Xenophobie setzen wird.
Als Reaktion auf Lutz Bachmanns Ankündigung, wonach PEGIDA vorhabe, auch in Köln gegen die "Islamisierung des Abendlandes" zu demonstrieren, wird der Kölner Dom seine Außenbeleuchtung, die den gotischen Stil der Kirche nur noch eindrucksvoller erscheinen lässt, abschalten. "Der Dom reiht sich damit ein in die Gegenbewegung von engagierten Kölnerinnen und Kölnern, die ein deutliches Signal gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit und Rassismus setzen wollen. ", heißt es auf der Homepage der Kirche. Den Gründern der PEGIDA werden enge Kontakte zur rechten Szene nachgesagt. PEGIDA streitet dies vehement ab.
Eine Woche zuvor findet sich in Köln keine Spur von Menschen, die mit PEGIDA sympathisieren. Die kulturelle Diversität und das harmonievolle Miteinander geben sich schnell zu erkennen. "Terror hat keine Religion", betont ein Einheimischer Deutscher. In Köln, wo sich die verschiedenen Kulturkreise besser kennen und verstehen, werden die Proteste nicht so groß werden wie es in Dresden der Fall war. Stattdessen ist vor Beginn der PEGIDA-Proteste in Köln eine Gegendemo geplant, bei der sogar mit einer größeren Menschenmenge gerechnet wird.
After escaping a paralyzing routine through the "Emergency Exits", only more challenges started emerging, now approaching like a merciless flood. While new restrictions narrow the space of possibilities, some rather unorthodox measures may open new doors. Under certain circumstances, taking risks appears to be inevitable, as sometimes the refusal of taking risks can turn out to be riskier than the respective risk itself. Thus it is time to invest energy, thoughts, money and time itself in an effort to capitalize in long terms to ensure the perpetuation of what in the past five years may has reflected an uncertain goal in life, but a very certain way of living that shall lead to a goal of cognition. This time, a slippery path is ahead, with unprecedented challenges in the first part of 2015, and a still blurry second half of 2015, where a return to closer and more familiar places is most likely.
While there are detailled plans regarding this project, the current plans also exhibit an irritating volatility in several aspects. There is much to gain, but also much to lose. And only one thing is for sure: In 2015, the stakes will be raised even higher in what shall be called the "Venture Capital Plan".
Not even 24 hours had passed after the completion of "Emergency Exits" until the next flight was booked and the grounds for project six were prepared. No big story here: There was this offer, and it just happened, like a reflex that forces you to move your fingers while typing letters and numbers on your keyboard in such a combination that you accidentally book a flight ... Okay, admittedly it was much rather a thoughtless moment of euphoria that can overcome a person, only to realize ones thoughtlessness right thereafter. In this case it became clear that the mission for 2015 is not going to be accomplished easily, to say the least, but at least the new project started taking shapes.
The most challenging phase of the upcoming project, and - I would dare to predict - of all travel projects so far, will arguably be the phase that is to be initiated in early 2015. However, before the great challenge in early 2015 begins, the project will kick off with a rather 'straightforward' destination. Months ago, a second flight was booked. The 'Start Up' of this project will make itself noticeable through a flag and a firework. It is with pleasure to include the next destination into the list of countries that have been visited so far.
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