Michaela Merz


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Barcelona in November


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The first snow down to 1,000 m was forecast in Switzerland for Sunday. It will be cold. But this week I had the good fortune to be working in Barcelona and there for a mid-European there is no autumn to be felt.

Every morning, as soon as it was light, I ran along the shore. It was terrific. The ideal temperature for running, a light breeze, the beach empty. Every morning I saw the man with the metal detector, searching the beach for coins and jewellery. Every morning I saw the homeless, wrapped up in their sleeping bags. And every morning I made an irritating observation, which didn’t fit the idyll, like the well-dressed man, who sorted through the rubbish bins. As soon as he found an empty alcohol bottle, he smashed it on the ground into a thousand pieces with frightening fervour. I was also irritated by the old woman, who all alone and naked had swum far out into the sea.

After my run I also went for a swim, after all it was 20 degrees. But, aware of the risks, I swam only close to the beach and properly dressed.

The only really disturbing experience in Barcelona was the two youths in the room next to mine, who at half past four in the morning, quite drunk, tried to break open the connecting door between our rooms. They didn’t succeed, but, with all the noise, sleep was impossible and, until the hotel security had finally succeeded in talking sense into them, it was almost time to go for a run.

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Miami


493904_web_R_K_B_by_Hans-Dieter Buchmann_pixelio.deI travel quite a lot. I visited great places, enjoyed fantastic hospitality and discovered urban and natural wonders. However, it happens seldom that my expectations are that much exceeded as it happened in Miami. Warm, blue water bordered by white sands and surrounded by an ocean breeze – these are the endless beaches in Miami. Continue reading


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My favourite beach


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is a lagoon with fine sand and high palm trees, on both sides limited by small hills. It is not a lonely natural paradise but a very populated and lively area, where there is always something going on. The beach was full with small wooden barracks, which housed small shops, restaurants, bars and beauty salons. I loved to sit in one of these bars, feet in the sand. Continue reading


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Thai Massage


It was raining cats and dogs. Going for a walk was out of question. I had 100 minutes between two meetings in a foreign city. Originally I had wanted to explore the foreign city. But with this weather it was not an option. I could go to a café and reduce the number of unread emails, I could have caught up the missed lunch or I simply could go to the hotel and do all my outstanding phone calls. Continue reading


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Marriage proposal on the Philippines


Institutions, traditions, one’s own purpose are questioned. We are looking for our identity, our purpose in life, the sense, the justification of our existence. Consistency and stability have become a rare commodity. In a changing world we are looking for a foothold. For many this is the family. The close-knit group of people, who are genetically connected with each other. Continue reading