Macedonia

Back in Skopje or: the continuing astonishment about my free choice to live in “the East”

Oops, I did it again – I am back. For five short weeks I live – again – in Skopje, capital of Macedonia (the Republic of North Macedonia as of most recent). This time the country is not neck deep in state capture and national crises (read more on my blog about the deadlock in …

About Life in Krakow,Allgemein

The female body as a public good or: the battle for women’s rights in Poland

In Poland, women‘s organisation have – once more – called for a general strike. On Friday 23rd thousands are expected to take the streets in Warsaw to scream out their anger against the restriction of the abortion law and with it the restriction of women’s rights in Poland. The protests ist labelled “czarny piątek”, Black …

Allgemein,Europe and the EU

A shining star for Europe – Is German leadership of Europe desirable or necessary?

 Henry Kissinger is put on the table as soon as an EU debate shifts towards the question of leadership. Whether he actually said it or not – Kissinger is remembered for the complaint that there is not one number to dial straight to the head of Europe. And even though the Lisbon Treaty introduced the …

Allgemein,Travels in Europe

Living the French Way: Wine, Friends & Happiness in Bordeaux

Bordeaux – award-winning city in Southwestern France, known all over the world for dark red shimmering wine and for old architecture. A city where medieval gates, Gothic churches and streets in the style of classicism nestle against the banks of the Garonne river and where 18k m² are listed as UNESCO-world heritage. That sounded like …

Against Discrimination,Allgemein

Some body positivity for the end of the week

The other day I stumbled upon an article talking about the newest body trend on instagram. Much to my surprise and delight this trend wasn’t meant for young women to starve themselves to death, but instead promoting some body positivity. The latest thing are apparently so-called “hip dips”, dents between hips and thighbones or in …