4 Apr 2014

smile

My new hoppy is photo bombing. It's fun.... :-D
Especially in Asia. I am photographed anyhow so I may just as well make something funny...

17 Feb 2014

I will never get a fixed line again


I will never get a fixed telephone line again.

I don't plan to live in one place long enough to have one - and also, I will never again give my contact details to a Telecom company.

I have nothing but trouble with them.

For the longest time I thought Deutsche Telekom were the worst - and that's said after I had my share of problems both privately and from a company point of view - but O2 has proven to be even worse.

Or have I just forgotten how bad Deutsche Telekom was?

Anyhow, would I ever move back to Germany I would never get a fixed line again. Not even with a cancellation period of 1 month, which was what I used to have, but despite having left Germany and sent my provider evicende, they charged me for several months extra.

I left in July. They charged me until September, or was it October.

Had I had the energy to fight them I would have but it is taking too much energy, especially when one isn't in the country. I would to be honest rather pay to never ever have to talk to them again but don't tell them that.

I have other things to do with my life.

Which is why from now on I will only always have a prepaid phone line, and skype. I plan to continue to be on the move anyhow. I don't want to get rooted. It doesn't suit me.

And I especially don't want to ever live in Germany again. I will come and visit but I never ever want to live there, not the least because of that; German administration and bureacreacy.

And German telecom companies. 

He who said Germans were efficient didn't know what he was talking about.
Everything, really EVERYTHING in Germany has been complicated to get out of, every company tries to be difficult, tries to force you to stay. Not "tries to keep you" but "tries to force you to stay". All from health insurance companies to telecom. These are fights I never want to take again. I swear Germany has shortened my life with a few years. Good thing I have other things that have compensated for it...

It's interesting how you can love a city the way I used to love Düsseldorf and enjoy things in a country and still grow to despice it in so many ways; Many people are nice when you get to know them, it is centrally located, there is a lot of variation; And yet, when you move, that's when you see the real side of Germany and German bureacreacy.

I expect my next will be when it is time for retirement, because theoretically I should get some retirement funds from Germany. By then I am sure they will have come up with a way to get out of that too but that's something I will worry about then. Hopefully I will have made enough money so that I can retire also while fighting for my retirment funds in Germany - but we shall see. Quite a while until THAT is relevant anyhow, and who knows, things may have changed by then.

Things DO actually change.

I have heard.

*End of rant*


11 Feb 2014

Curious - vegan food

So... I am not a vegan, not at all, but I do think we eat too much meat and I think it would be beneficial for everybody if we ate more vegan or at least vegetarian and I really believe it would be healthy for all of us if we had at least one meat free day a week - there is even a movement for that, Meatfree Monday - here is a link to the .com site, but the movement exists in many countries. Here is Meatfree Monday UK, here is Meetfree Monday Australia, Meatfree Monday New Zealand and so forth.

I don't bother so much about the day but I have meat free meals as well as meat free days through-out the week myself.

But looking for inspiration online and participating in vegan group discussions I see so many different versions of "fake meat" or dishes where they use "meat names" - bacon, chicken and so forth. Personally I have always had a hard time getting just that; If you don't want to eat meat, why do you want to eat something that looks and maybe even taste like meat? Sure, if you have an allergy I can understand, then it wasn't your choice to avoid meat; Just like lactose intollerant people use lactose free milk drink, and cream, those forced to not eat meat would of course want fake meat.

But the others? Well, maybe it's just me but if I eat vegan I want a lot of flavours and something really tasty but I definitely don't want it to resemble meat.

Then again I am not a big fan of processed food anyhow, and I know how to cook vegan food pretty well, and maybe that's partly the difference. The only time I can think of pretend-meat making sense would be when you are out with a big group and want to grill sausages, then there is "non-meat" sausage. Nice if everybody can have a sausage, when the sausage is something social, and not just a meal. Other than that I can't quite get it - but everybody to him/herself, of course.

I saw a recipe of "Home made soy chicken" that made me think about this, you see, I thought it was chicken made in soy sauce, or the second thought was that it was soy chicken the way corn chicken normally means "Chicken that was raised eating corn", but it turned out to be a "Chicken" made of soy.

Odd.

I am not going to try it.


8 Feb 2014

When you leave Germany no one will get back to you

I learnt the hard way. Once you have left Germany, you are no longer interesting. No one will get back to you. And I am not talking about friends, although that happens to some extent with friends too, everybody is so busy with their lives that they don't really have time for he/she who left. But on the other hand, we are so busy setting up our lives that we hardly have time either.

But what I am talking about it companies. There are the ones that you send your deregistration forms.
There are others that you just try and get hold of.

No one will pretend that the life outside Germany exists. The people that you sent the deregistration, because you wanted to get out of the contracts as they were no longer useful, well, guess what: They used to communicate via email, but they instead switch to sending out stuff to the address you are no longer on, bothering the next person to move in or just letting things getting lost, it seems to be a common thing.

The other ones? The ones you try and get hold of? You ask them to contact you, you hear absolutely nothing.

The BANK I did get hold of once though, they did answer emails. At least a few. And then I tried to get to talk to them as I had some questions. N O T H I N G. Absolutely nothing. They said they would call back but never did.

And now I am temporary visiting Germany.

And guess what. Three months later, when they spot that I use my bank card in Germany, they call me to "invite me for a coffee and a talk".

No, I am not going to meet with them. The question I had has totally played out it's role and is not relevant anymore. But I DO find it EXTREMELY creepy that the bank has had some sort of monitoring on my, checking my movements, to the level that they know exactly when I - unexpected and on short notice and in a way that there is NO other way that they can know - I enter the country.

IF that isn't 1984 then I don't know what is.

And to all Germans that are so worried about data privacy: That's right, you shold be, if you live in a country where such tracking is even legal. It's after all not just the system that knows, it is really the people at the bank... Scary. And very uncomfortable...

16 Jan 2014

Not even good enough for sudden drop in blood sugar

Had a sudden drop of blood sugar levels and as I'm in a country where there is a lot of good fish to be had I decided to stop at the fast food sushi place I saw from where I was standing.
I don't like fast food but had to take urgent action. Despite it being completely empty I decided to chance it, thinking that with fish in Taiwan they can't go completely wrong at least.

I was wrong. Horribly wrong.

You get better sushi in central Germany, in the place that served the nightmarish "sushi bolognese" (Don't ask).

I will never ever set my foot at this chain again. The only thing that was OK was the ginger.

I actually think one of two of the pieces of "fish" were processed cheese. It was hard to tell though because all had more or the less the same (lack of) flavour. Only the texture really separated one thing from the other.

If I survive this I'll be happy.

Tomorrow I am back to cooking myself.

Hitola. Surely that means something evil in some language?

(Thankfully it was a long time since I made such a horrible mistake. I usually know what I am doing. But I would have been better off going to 7eleven for chocolate when the blood sugar dropped.)

6 Jan 2014

Thankfully at least when it came to eating my parents have a very healthy attitude. I was not taught not to take space.

But many are.

This video is one of the strongest I have seen in a long time, a stand-up comedy act that isn't funny but really really strong... There is a mesasge there...

It's on Upworthy and the title is "Watch A Student Totally Nail Something About Women That I've Been Trying To Articulate For 37 Years" - it's Lily Myers who has these important words to say.

I am not going to comment further. Just watch it.

2 Jan 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!!

It's going to be very exciting to see what 2014 carries!

8 Dec 2013

It's not just been easy

It's not just been easy to leave Europe, fact is it's been pretty hard in many ways. Great, but hard. I needed to do this. But I also realise that my heart will always be in Europe and I will always be European so I will definitely return. Not for good, maybe I'll go to Asia again, but or maybe somewhere else - Africa is tempting, South America too, there is so much to learn on both continents.

I will always continue to travel.

But there are certain aspects of life that make Europe more attractive, and while it is nice to be "close" to the family that is not what I refer to - I have family everywhere and wherever I am I am close to some people I care a lot about and further away from other. That's OK. Being far from some is OK as I am then on the other hand close to others.

There is something about the light, about how people gather, there is something about having the possibility to take long(er) holidays, there is having an OVEN to cook in - not standard in Asia, at least not in South East asia where very little of the cooking is done in an oven - there is something about good public transportation. Being able to live without a car.

There are quite a few other reasons too.

I love asia and always will, but I realise it is not a place I can be in forever and ever. Ideally I would however have a good enough job, preferrably freelance or seasonbased, so I can go and live in Asia on a regular basis, for a longer period. Not just for a two week holiday but properly: I need it. Asia. Or elsewhere. Being stuck in one location doesn't suit me...


17 Nov 2013

Nothing strange with a cup of coffee in the evening

Nothing strange with wanting a coffee in the evening, at least not if you are hanging around Swedes.

So I asked for coffee at the bar this weekend.

Apparently a very bad or at least strange thing to do where I am now, at least in THAT bar. Because apparently that was also some nickname for a drug of some sort, and I really had problems getting the message through that I wanted a drink with caffein, like coffee, or possibly tea. It seemed I made it worse when I asked for Coca Cola. Because first I said "oh, if you don't have coffee I'll have a coke instead". When the bartender on top of it doesn't speak really good english, that makes for some intersting misunderstandings.

Finally they got it and asked if I wanted a green tea though but I was persistant and got my Coca Cola instead, after some convincing (partly because I said I didn't want it in a drink, I JUST wanted the Cola, apparently that is a very strange thing to want here.)

Poor bartender.

Can't be easy to get so confused by a strange foreigner... I mean, seriously, if I wanted a drug I wouldn't have asked openly, or is that how it is done? Please don't tell me if I am wrong or right because I prefer to believe that drugs are something you don't want others to find out about?

(And I know, I know, before you tell me; Yes, I am too innocent when it comes to some things, it's just that paracetamol is the strongest thing I take and even that doesnt' even happen every year... How am I supposed to know what the slang for this and that is... )

I JUST WANTED A cup of black coffeee!!!!
Sorry for being stupidly innocent....


Oh well.