Michaela Merz


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Cruise ships


When my youngest asked to go on a cruise during the holidays I felt very negative towards the idea. What should I, a freedom loving, individuality focused person do, squashed like a sardine in a tight space with thousands of others? I’d go insane after a maximum of 24 hours. The idea that I wouldn’t like it at all and that I would not be able to leave the ship was horrific. I had only been on a dance ship once. I was very young at the time. I found it horrible and swore to myself that I would never ever step on a large ship again. It’s not that I have an issue with ships. I love sailing, the water and I actually cannot really get enough of it. But a big ship that moves lazily through the water and in which you are pretty much held captive, was gruesome to me. Cruise ships seem like a heap of ants to me with a moat that feed their members but at the same time rule over them like dictators.

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Work-Life Balance – a myth?


I have three children, since the last millennium a full-time position and a demanding, satisfying job. You could say I have succeeded in finding and living the hotly discussed work-life balance. Continue reading


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The last swim


334981_web_r_k_b_by_irene-lehmann_pixelio-deThe news announced that the beautiful summer is coming to an end. It is mid-September, so it‘s not really surprising. But the news made it clear to me that this Wednesday I won’t be working from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, and then drive home quickly, cook the evening meal and have a discussion with my youngest. No, on Wednesday, if its 28 degrees outside, at 6.00 pm I’ll drive to the Seebad and have a final swim in the lake. Continue reading


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Childless Flights


One could write a list of things that make flying very uncomfortable. Perhaps the individual things would vary in importance from person to person, but in all probability, one would find the same items on the TOP 10 lists of the majority of frequent flyers. These include delays, canceled flights, missed connections, narrow seats and rows, overstuffed luggage racks, neighbors with unpleasant “emissions,” lost luggage, restless toddlers and overbooked flights. Continue reading