17 December 2017
This book is actually a history book. However, while most history books tell the story of a single topic in a small temporal focus, this book tries (and succeeds in my opinion) to tell the history of humankind from the beginning of time, so to speak. It is very scientific, and so if you have religious beliefs still clinging into your mental closet, then those would probably be dismantled.
Categories: Book Review
15 December 2017
Two months ago, I was in Spain. Yet again. In fact, it was my third time to visit the country. The first time was when I spent 5 days in Barcelona and Figueres in 2013, which was for me a short holiday. The second time was when I went to Bilbao last year for work (when I attended my last academic conference). And two months ago, I was in the same area for a third time: I was on holiday for 9 days, first staying in Barcelona for 4 nights (with a day trip to Tarragona), then 2 nights in San Sebastian, wrapping it up with another 2 nights in Bilbao. As you may have noticed, most of the places I have visited are not new, having visited them already in the past. But I happen to be in a revisiting mode lately, so I am implementing it in my recent trips.
13 December 2017
11 December 2017
As I mentioned in the previous travelogue, I headed to Cottbus. I walked around town, which gave me an overview of the city's architectural features. One very prominent building in Cottbus is the Staatstheater, or the State Theatre. The Staatstheater Cottbus is the only state theatre in Brandenburg. It is a good example of Jugendstil, as you can see from the photos below.
09 December 2017
The other day, I was grabbing some coffee during my lunch break. I was with a colleague in a cafe having a quick flat white. While we were standing in the small cafe drinking our beverages, I witnessed some weird interaction between a customer and the barista. The customer was trying to order something, yet there was a problem. The customer was speaking German, yet the barista couldn't speak a word of German at all, instead speaking only in English.