Wann sag ich wieder mein und meine alle?

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?

Young Birds in Stormy Weather

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

Wanderlust – Interview with Oskar Schuster

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

Eating Around the Globe: Germany

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

Eating Around the Globe: Sri Lanka

  “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

A Collection of Impressions

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

The International Dinner Table

Hello there! Welcome to my virtual housewarming party 🙂 Since this is my very first international blog post, I think it deserves to be celebrated! Feel free to take off your shoes and put your chair around my table, let’s make it warm and cosy! My name is Lien, I’m a Belgian student on Erasmus in Essen, Germany. I have been living here now for … Continue reading The International Dinner Table