At this time last year, most of us were oblivious to the horrors that 2020 was going to unleash on us. In this episode, my ten-year old and I look back on 2020. From Trump to Covid-19, it looked like nothing was ever going to beat 2020. But that was of course before 2021 arrived. With the insurrection in the US capital and the white supremacist terrorists, 2021 is already kicking 2020's ass.
2020 is finally coming to an end and I could not be more relieved. Yesterday, more than 1000 people lost their lives here in Germany because of Covid-19. To call 2020 exhausting would be a huge understatement. Despite this, 2020 has taught me a few things that will guide my life going forward.
At the beginning of the year, Germany was hailed as a model of how to contain the corona virus. Watching the current number of infections and deaths from corona virus in Germany, that glorious past seems like a bad joke.
The idea to visit southern France wasn’t borne out of any particular curiosity or any enthusiasm. No, it was an idea that appeared one hot afternoon as we gasped for breath and pondered the very real possibility of melting away in the hot German summer. Three days in a row with temperatures of 36 degrees convinced us that we needed to get away to some place with a sea and hopefully with no COVID. Since we did not want to fly, the options were limited to some place where we could reach by car....
Every country has its own peculiar habits or things that are so commonly done there that no one pauses to wonder about them. For foreigners, this can sometimes be very baffling if not downright hilarious. In this episode, we talk of the peculiar German things or habits or if you like, the way of life.
Today is the 3rd of October 2020 and it’s a national holdiay in Germany. On the 3rd of October 1990, two independent countries East Germany and West Germany reunified to form the current Federal state of Germany. 30 years later, what are the differences? Which places should you as a foreign looking person avoid?
To call 2020 a disaster would be a huge understatement. I in all honesty have no idea what to think or say about it so I invited my 10 year old son to share his thoughts on corona virus, police brutality and the year 2020.
Don’t believe people who say it doesn’t matter. It matters a lot. Language gives one insight into what really goes on in the soul of a people; the assholery, the boundless generosity, the vindictiveness. What does the existence of the word “brinkmanship” say about English or “schadenfreude” about German?
These past days I have felt like the conversations in my family only revolve around that video. We don’t even dare to say his name afraid of the violent pains that it has sent through our inner most souls. My kids look away when it appears on news. It is unbearable to watch a man taking his last breath. It’s unbearable to watch a black man being killed yet again by a white man. It’s unbearable to watch the casual smug composure of a white man slowly draining the life off a black man. The...