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Day 1 in Kyrgyzstan
in Kyrgyzstan, Languages, Travel

Day 1 in Kyrgyzstan

To be honest, I do not know if it is really still day 1 of our journey to Kyrgyzstan. After all those flights with changing planes and time zones (Central Europe, Turkey, Central Asia) I am totally confused and would not be able to tell what day and time it is at my home place Bern in Switzerland. Sometimes, we were flying for four hours,...

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02 Jul 2016
Satire, news embargo and social media ban in Turkey
in Culture, Politics, Travel, Turkey

Satire, news embargo and social media ban in Turkey

Today, it was april 1st, that day when everybody tries to fool everybody else. I had a lot of different versions of expressing this in the German version of this blog post, but my English is not good enough, so basically, you are pretty lucky that this introduction ends here. In addition, we already laughed a lot these days. For example about some persiflage of...

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02 Apr 2016
Why I travel – key moment Budapest
in Hungary, Travel

Why I travel – key moment Budapest

Once, in the holiday camp, I was not in a holiday camp but in Budapest. To celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012/13. Together with a friend I had rented an apartment. When we stood in front of the house which was directly in the city centre, at Fővám tér, near Liberty Bridge, I realized that this was a normal living house and there was nothing like...

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06 Mar 2016
What I did wrong when I entered Turkey
in Languages, Turkey

What I did wrong when I entered Turkey

So yesterday I went to Turkey to celebrate my 44th birthday with some very nice friends in Izmir. I guessed that I had gotten pretty used to this almost regular trip from Berne, Switzerland, via Istanbul to Izmir, but then I totally failed at a certain point. At the Istanbul border control I saluted the officer in charge with a nice:

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13 Feb 2016
Lost without translation
in Culture, Refugees, Religion, Turkey

Lost without translation

This year I did some things for the very first time in my life. E.g. today I bought some headscarves intended for Muslim ladies. I did this in İskenderun in the south of Turkey in a shop that is heavily related to Muslim and Ottoman culture. And no, I do not want to become a Muslim and a woman at the same time. This is...

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29 Dec 2015
Christmas impressions from İzmir
in Culture, Religion, Turkey

Christmas impressions from İzmir

I know I am late with this subject. But as long as they play Christmas music here at the airport of İzmir (and they do!) I am fine with that. You should, too. So I came to Turkey on december 24th and expected a country without any Christmas decoration. I mean regarding the fact that there are officially 98% Muslims living in this land. I...

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28 Dec 2015
Christianity in contradiction
in Culture, Politics, Religion

Christianity in contradiction

Society becomes more and more contradictory. In Germany there are people demonstrating against the so called Islamisation of Europe and they demand to protect “German” oder “Christian values”. At the same moment, the Christian demand to be at rest at the 7th day gets violated by shops being open even on Sundays. This happens especially – or actually only – at Christmas time, one of...

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13 Dec 2015
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