I am being watched while working in my backyard. You always know when it happens. I put my tools on the ground, turn around and there is the onlooker, 2 meters away in the bushes. A Robin. I’d love to be able to tell them apart, but to me they are all the same with their … More The First Fake News in the World of Birds
She is in her eighties and he at most in early thirties. They lean comfortably on a tower of orange cases in the middle of a big supermarket, discussing smartphone features. He is very fluent in English, but the accent discloses that he did not grow up in Ireland. “You pull your finger over the screen … More A Local Call
These days I understood for the first time that the English do really live by the motto ‘Keep calm and carry on’. If the horrific Westminster attack had happened in some other country, not only would the media talk about it for ages, but, it would be the talk of the day, actually days, amongst everyone. Here, … More Keep Calm and Carry on!
I grew up in a city on the Croatian coast. Vehicles speeding on the roads were a much more common sound on the 9th floor of the large apartment block, than a birds’ song, but the sea views connected us with the nature. Summers, however, were a completely different story. We’d spend almost 3 months in our seaside village … More A Birdcall
It’s dump, grey and drizzly outside, one of the days when heavy blankets of clouds seem cast anchored above the very west of Europe. Nevertheless, today, I choose to think about the bright, sunny days ahead of us and celebrate the first day of spring as the ancient Celts on the shores of Ireland did. Those lads and lassies … More Ancient Irish Seasons
When I hear the word autumn, I think of Japan. Yes, their cherry blossom is the world famous, but the Japanese autumn is my most amazing memory of the vivid, red colours that our Mother Nature can produce, before closing her eyes for the cold months. Happy Autumn, the Northern Hemisphere and look forward to the … More Happy Autumn, Northern Hemisphere!
A few hours later the history repeated itself. However, at that hour the child had had a few hours of sleep in her eyes and wouldn’t give up her demands. The poor creature kept screaming, ‘…mommy, daddy, mommy, daddy….’ I took a walk and walked and walked and walked. People around me were rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, pointing towards the family. The Parents amazed me. The Father fed the small one, took him/her into his arms and got up to stand in the aisle. The Mother, however, was sitting still, her eyes closed as if nothing was happening. There was no seatbelt sign on.
I decided to dare disturb the Mother. I shook her arm, leaned towards her and asked, ‘Excuse me, is this your child?’. … More Child-free Flights?
If you are among the rich homeless, there is one thing you don’t want to happen – lose your documents. But bad people are, unfortunately, everywhere and even there where you least expect them. So, you leave the wallet behind in an office where you wouldn’t envisage that it would get legs, but by the time you get back, not … More Catch 22 of EU Policies
Imagine just for a moment that neither time nor money are an issue and you can travel as much as you want. You can live an ‘Eat, pray, love’ scenario. Or, in a less romantic version you have a job with which you move around the world, pack your bags, put the rest in a … More The Rich Homeless