Let’s talk about competition in relationships

"I see couples in therapy daily who, literally, compete for everything. Who earns more, who is smarter, who has more training, who does the house chores faster and with perfection, who educates the children better, who makes fewer mistakes, and so on."


SAD: using poetry as medicine


Medicine has an anesthetic relationship with pain – it wants to rid the patient of it. Poetry’s relationship is aesthetic – it wants pain to speak.


Friends, an itinerant person’s sacrifice

Having lived in five countries, I can finally understand the pricelessness of being able to count on what feels like an unmoveable harbor. Wish I had one.


Learning German: my zillionth attempt

Come join me in the shared misery and mirth of learning German in an offline course in Leipzig!


Die Villa and its legendary Sprachabend


"In Die Villa I have learned Slovak and a few words of Esperanto; I have practised Arabic; and I feel like I am well on the way to finally mastering French slang."


Moritzbastei: lunch at the old city fortress


Moritzbastei is hard to miss - it's a huge building located in the city center, right next to the main Leipzig University campus. If you live or have been to Leipzig, you've probably at least walked by it. It's a popular tourist attraction and cultural center, hosting concerts, plays, and other events, besides serving yummy