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“With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

Elisabeth Epple was born on 25th January 1932 in Steinbronnen, a small village near Bad Saulgau in the southwest of Germany. Born into a farming family, she was the youngest of six children. Just one year after her birth, the Nazis took over Germany under Hitler’s leadership. In 1938, when she was only six years old, World War II started, and she experienced seven years … Continue reading “With every airplane I prayed that our small village would be spared from the attacks”

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A request from the hairdresser: can we please not talk about COVID?

I’m sitting in the hair salon and my regular hairdresser Bente is dying my hair. Next to me, there’s a woman being cut. She and the girl who’s doing her hair are talking about the latest press conference, in which Rutte told us the evening lockdown has been expanded. “That’s no surprise,” I hear the lady next to me say. I think about the first … Continue reading A request from the hairdresser: can we please not talk about COVID?

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Sometimes it’s for the better

Whenever I meet new people, the topic always comes up. We talk about friends, family and siblings. I talk about my two half-brothers, who I love dearly, and the questioning eyes look at me. “Oh yeah, my parents are divorced.” Immediately, the questioning eyes change into sad eyes. They tell me they’re sorry for me, that they didn’t know and will not bring it up … Continue reading Sometimes it’s for the better

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At last, brightness in the tomb

“To great Men the grateful nation” that is what you can see on the pediment of the Panthéon. O, the Panthéon, last resting place of great men but obviously not of many great women. The result of the match speaks for itself: since its creation, the Panthéon has welcomed 75 men and only 6 women. When I say six, I should rather say five as … Continue reading At last, brightness in the tomb

Hostels and COVID: how does Lisbon keeps travelers safe?

The COVID-pandemic is an ongoing international problem for almost two years now. Traveling to foreign countries is not easy and comes with a serious risk. Even though most countries try their best to keep the virus away, a certain number of infections is inevitable everywhere. For big cities as Lisbon is tourism an important source of income, so keeping the country from going into lockdown … Continue reading Hostels and COVID: how does Lisbon keeps travelers safe?

The season of wildfires

Wildfires have become ever more frequent in Portugal. The wildfires that tore through Portugal in 2017 garnered international headlines. With the summer season once again approaching, the Portuguese population and environmental organizations are once again preparing for the worst. While wildfires are all but common in many areas of Southwestern Europe, it is hard to ignore that the intensity of these wildfires has increased substantially. … Continue reading The season of wildfires

The future of the empty streets in Ålesund

It is 11am on a Saturday morning in the coastal city of Ålesund. For once, the weather is nice enough to be outside, but the city is sleeping. The city, that is home to approximately 70 thousand inhabitants, has seen a lot of change during the last 10 years. As a competing shopping mall, 15 minutes outside the city, has grown bigger and bigger, stores … Continue reading The future of the empty streets in Ålesund

Post pandemic workload in newspapers

How the pandemic has modified different ways of working for journalists in Madrid Spain, one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to the health and economic administration of the coronavirus pandemic. It has been one of the countries in the world with the most deaths per million inhabitants, and its fall in GDP has been the largest of all. In the … Continue reading Post pandemic workload in newspapers