Tales from India #3: The Subtle Art of Making Chapatis

Recently, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the big question of what art is. Was there a universal answer to this question? Was there one undeniable truth? Some say that art is not about truth, it’s about expression and beauty. To others, it’s a “source of calm in a chaotic world“. There is no shortage of elaborate opinion pieces written by highly educated people. However, many seem to come to the same conclusion that art should evoke an emotional response.  Continue reading “Tales from India #3: The Subtle Art of Making Chapatis”

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First Impressions of Medellín, Colombia

Medellín has the advantage of immediately making a great first impression when visitors descend from the mountain tops straight into the belly of the city. I arrived late in the evening, so the spectacle presented to me was one I would describe as a million fireflies trapped in a bowl shaped by Mother Nature herself. It was a beautiful sight. But even in the daytime it awes its visitors and citizens with the surrounding luscious treetops, and mountains that beg to be hiked. Medellín is also known as ‘La ciudad de la eterna primavera’ (= The city of eternal spring) and it got this name from its year around spring-like weather. They may have rainy and dry seasons, but generally speaking the weather is mostly sunny with a nice occasional breeze. It is rarely too hot and the humidity is bearable – the perfect climate you could almost say. But due to my first impression of the capital of the Antioquia region, I will also personally refer to it as “the city of a million fireflies”. Continue reading “First Impressions of Medellín, Colombia”

Dear Travelers, Please Be Respectful!

If we travel to a new country we usually do some research beforehand about said country, so that we know at least a little bit about their culture, history, language and so forth. We want to be prepared for what we can expect and also to prevent as many unintentional faux pas from happening. We are by all means not perfect and still make our fair share of mistakes, but doing a little research can help minimizing them.

After years of typing “Things to know about [country]” into Google and gathering all kinds of information, I realized that we can essentially wrap up a lot of the details into one simple truth: Continue reading “Dear Travelers, Please Be Respectful!”

My Favorite Story From Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” And What It Taught Me About The Human Side Of Icons

One of my favorite stories in Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ is the one that takes place somewhere on the road in Chile, where he and his friend Alberto Granado found shelter for the night in a German household. During the night Ernesto had a “bad case of the runs”, in one word: Diarrhea, and because in his opinion it would have been rude to use the pot under his bed, he thought for whatever reason, it would be a better idea to relieve himself by sitting out on the window ledge and down “into the night and blackness beyond.” The next morning when he looked out of this very window, he saw to his utter disbelief that at the bottom the German family had placed their sweet peaches to dry in the sun and Che’s “contribution” was in his own words “a spectacle that was impressive. We beat it fast.Continue reading “My Favorite Story From Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” And What It Taught Me About The Human Side Of Icons”