Berlin, 9 november 1989. A huge crowd of agitated citizens gathers at the wall which splits their country in two parts. A physical wall, seperating loved ones, family, friendships. An idealistic wall, dividing two political systems, two utterly different beliefs in how to cope with a society and all its problems. A symbolic wall, representing fear and misunderstanding. The people scream, push and try to … Continue reading Wann sag ich wieder mein und meine alle?
Hi there, my sweet international internetters! How have you been doing, lately? I took a little blog-holiday to concentrate on some other things, like writing my bachelorpaper -I graduated! yay 🙂 – reading a couple of books -what a surprise- and planning my next Erasmus! What? Yes, you heard that right 🙂 at the moment I am enjoying the mediterranean life in the south of … Continue reading Welcome Back!
I left Essen a week ago… Thinking back feels weird. I cannot describe how I felt on sunday, when arriving here in Brussels… It was like a million years had passed during the car trip from Essen to Brussels, as if I was thrown into a completely different world and my time in Essen had only existed in a dream. Hmm.. I guess the lack … Continue reading All Roads Lead to…
Someone once told me: “Only when we discover other life outside our planet, we will feel connected to the other inhabitants of our world. Only then we will identify with our fellow ‘earthlings’.” Is that true? Do we construct our identity solely in opposition to others? There is a certain logic in this statement. I only knew what it feels like to be Belgian when … Continue reading Young Birds in Stormy Weather
There is no word that describes the urgent desire to explore, to travel, to see the world better than the German word ‘Wanderlust’. My path has led me to Berlin, where I am meeting a very inspiring person for my first interview ever. His name is Oskar Schuster, a young German composer with a warm character and a soft voice. It is cold when I … Continue reading Wanderlust – Interview with Oskar Schuster
About letting people in or not at all About being open open hearted minded About trying & failing About forgiving About freedom About tears and fears About friendship trusting yourself someone else About being young and how to cope About stumbling About understanding -or at least trying to About … Continue reading Adventure of a Lifetime
I know what you are thinking: “Lien, you are on Erasmus in Germany! When are you finally going to write about the German cuisine?” Well, your patience has been put to the test, but your waiting will be rewarded! Especially for you this article contains two recipes instead of one 😉 and I have some more good news for the sweet tooth amogst you: Today … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Germany
“Waar in ‘t bronsgroen eikenhout, ‘t nachtegaaltje zingt, over ‘t malse korenveld, ‘t lied des leeuweriks klinkt, waar de hoorn des herders schalt, langs der beekjes boord: Daaaaaar is mijn vaderland, Limburgs dierbaar ooooooooord! Daaaaaar is mijn vaderland, Limburgs dierbaar oord!” Forgive me this sudden outburst of patriotism 🙂 There’s namely a very good reason for it! This evening I am making a speciality of … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Belgium (Limburg!)
“Traveling without a book is like cooking curry without spices” Tell them I said so. With Oliver Twist as my travel companion, I am taking the U-bahn to Vino’s student residence in ‘Margarethenhöhe’, a lovely neighbourhood in Essen. Lots of trees and an early 19th century architecture make it a very picturesque district. I am so excited! He is going to show me how … Continue reading Eating Around the Globe: Sri Lanka
The light was dim in the dining room and nobody spoke a word. A serene melancholy hung as a murky haze over the group of people who were gathered together. Time seemed to go unrealistically slow. Most of the food – a leftover from the weekend – lay cold and unappetizing on the large table. It spread a nasty smell in the house. Although the … Continue reading A Collection of Impressions