Friday, November 30, 2007

Airports

Hamburg, Germany


Some might wonder why I am in Hamburg. In a way I am not. I am only at the airport waiting for my connection flight to Vienna. And like usual I write an entry while waiting...

Airports are a great place to reflect. You let something behind and something new is ahead ;)

Still, I have mixed feelings about airports. In a way they are the ports for my surreal life I am living at the moment. If it wasn't for airports I wouldn't have done what I did since I started this trip. Perhaps I would neither have gone to Iran nor to North America.

But at the other hand, it's a pain, being racially profiled all the time (not only in the US), having special security checks, special registry, having my begs being opened every single time, getting interrogated, being told that this has to be done because in my country funny things are going on...

Hold on! I am Austrian!

And still, I might be denied admission to the US in future because an immigration officer had made a mistake when I entered the US last month. Since I couldn't prove it seems to be mine. "You violated the regulations upon which I entered the country..." (as a special registrant... people "like me" don't get normal tourist visas) "We could arrest you for that now!"

Aha...

Well, shit happens... at least I am in Hamburg now and not in Guantanamo...


vox

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Myself

Montreal, Canada


This blog is not dead... not yet...

Sometimes I simply don't know what to share!

Sometimes it is at times when not much happens!

Sometimes it is at times when too much happens!

Sometimes it is at times when... anyway...

Five weeks ago I came to the US to participate in a breathing/meditation workshop. This is my first trip to North America as a grown-up. In a way my experience here is not much different than expected:

So far I met some of the most interesting and special people I have ever met in my life. That might be something that does not confirm the non-American Western prejudice and stereotype of "the Americans". For some it might be unbelievable but still it is true:

Some of the coolest people I know (and encountered these weeks) are American!

Especially in Portland. It is a unique place!

Anyway, apart from Portland and Montreal I stayed in New York, Washington and Chicago so far to do a workshop, visit family and friends. Everywhere I've been to I had some special and intense moments. And as everywhere I experience a lot.

Sometimes it's things I do enjoy. At other times it might be things I might not enjoy too much...

Well, that's life!

Everything is good!

Everything can teach me... if I am ready to be taught!

Everything is good 'cause life is a trip...

And i enjoy mine ;)

(although I haven't managed to feel like on a vacation yet)

Everything is good... we just need to bare with the consequences...



vox