On the trail of Siri in Sri Lanka

SriLanka2013This past summer I travelled to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, as did my dad – over 30 years ago. I embarked on a journey looking for the trails of my father, and found his long-lost friend Siri.

By Katharina Frick

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Dumpster Diving in Aarhus: Free food from the trash can

New article/ blog post that I wrote for the insight out magazine.

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Denmark is an expensive country in respect to others. But this is not the only reason for some young people to get their food out of the trash. For Michael (24) it is also a way to say ‘NO’ to a capitalistic system of overproduction and overconsumption.

By Katharina Frick

11.30 pm on a Tuesday night, outside a supermarket somewhere in Aarhus: A young man lightens his flashlight and opens up a dumpster behind a white little fence, close to the entrance door of the building. A harsh unpleasant smell rises up through the air. “Today it seems we can only find bread”, he says, after carefully examining the trash that was thrown out only a few hours ago at closing time. Nonetheless, he takes two loaves of rye bread and puts it in his bag. The bread is packed in its original foil and with a sell-by date lasting two…

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Prince calls students to break out of their ‘shell’

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Prince Joachim of Denmark highlights the importance of having international experience. In a recent interview, he gave career advice and talked about his own time abroad.

By Katharina Frick

 

The second son of Queen Margrethe II, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, hardly ever gives any interviews or talks in public. It was a rare occasion that he talked besides the Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, to international students from over 30 countries during the Youth Goodwill Conference at the Danish science park Scion DTU in Copenhagen, last Saturday.

With attentive international students enrolled in Danish universities, Prince Joachim shared that at the age of 17 he left his country to spend six months in Australia.

“That whole process of jumping out of your protected shell is important, whether it is during your academic studies or collecting work experience, it opens your mind and broadens your…

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Von Düsseldorf nach Südamerika mit dem Fahrrad

Ein Pärchen aus Flingern sammelt Spenden für ein Fahrradprojekt in Afrika. 

Lena Kleine-Kalmer und Hardy Handel haben rund 50 Kilogramm Gepäck auf ihren speziellen Reisefahrrädern mit dabei. Der ‚Lago de Atitlán’ in Guatemala eignete sich gut für eine Pause.

Lena Kleine-Kalmer und Hardy Handel haben rund 50 Kilogramm Gepäck auf ihren speziellen Reisefahrrädern mit dabei. Der ‚Lago de Atitlán’ in Guatemala eignete sich gut für eine Pause.

6200 Kilometer, 12 Länder und 26 gespendete Fahrräder für Afrika: Das ist die Bilanz, die die Düsseldorfer Lena Kleine-Kalmer (29) und Hardy Handel (32) nach einem halben Jahr ziehen. Im August 2012 beluden sie ihre speziellen Reisefahrräder und los ging es vom Hermannsplatz in Flingern nach Rumänien. Die zweite Etappe führte von Mexiko nach Panama, wo die beiden zurzeit die Panamericana in Richtung Hauptstadt entlang radeln.

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Das europäische Glashaus

Das europäische GlashausWer im Glashaus sitzt, soll nicht mit Steinen werfen, lautet ein bekanntes deutsches Sprichwort. Das hat Peer Steinbrück, Kanzler-Kandidat der SPD, wohl noch nicht ganz verstanden, als er sich kürzlich zum Wahlausgang in Italien äußerte. Er nannte Beppe Grillo, der ehemaligen hauptberufliche Komiker und Anführer der Bewegung ‚5 stelle’, einen “echten Clown”, und Silvio Berlusconi bezeichnete er als einen “Clown mit einem besonderen Testosteron-Schub”.

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Thailand-ABC – Apes, Buddha and Cycling

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Buddha face in Ayutthaya

Thailand is known for its beautiful endless beaches with blue crystal clear water and palm trees decorating the shore. However, there is much more to discover than sunbathing, full moon parties and sipping at classic cocktails. In 2011, I travelled to Southeast Asia and discovered these three amazing places far away from any beach or crazy party.

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Happy new Blog!

A new year deserves a new beginning. And so for 2013, I decided to start this very new blog. It will give interested readers an idea about what I was doing, what I am doing and what I am reflecting upon.

In the upcoming days and weeks I will feed this blog with whatever crosses my sight and that i find interesting and worthy enough to write about.

I hope everyone will have a great 2013! An inspirational TED-talk I just watched recently is this one of Amy Cuddy. It is all about body language and how it influences our behaviour unconsciously – and consciously, if we know about it.

http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

It might make you walk differently in 2013…