Michaela Merz


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Lisbon – Mass migration


The nearly 25-year-old Uber driver in Lisbon told me that his granddad had left Sicily years ago to move to Brazil. He returned after two years of living in Brazil to pick up his childhood sweetheart. That is the Uber driver’s grandmother. He grew up in Brazil just like his parents. He understands Italian but doesn’t speak it very well. He left Brazil a year ago after he received an Italian passport and has been living in Lisbon ever since.

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What do you do when it rains in Ticino? – Sasso San Gottardo


I’m not an anxious person but the strong wind that woke me up during our holidays at night did have an effect on me. It didn’t feel like a view out of the window but more like watching a movie about natural disasters on the telly. Somehow everything was moving even when it was meant to be still. When branches, lots of leaves and clothing items flew through the air it was still understandable, but when I saw how the wind lifted the metal deckchairs up into the air and threw them into the swimming pool, I started to feel a little queasy.

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