Posts about Traditions

Santa with his eight reindeer as seen by poet Clement Clarke Moor.

Ho ho ho: Good tidings from the North Pole

15.12.2017

It’s Christmas time, and most of us are sucked up by the current that swashes along with it. Year by year, it seems to be swashing earlier and to suck more. Easter rabbits have hardly vanished from shelves, August-heat blazing and: forward come chocolate Santa Clauses and gingerbread loaves, twinkling stardust-sprinkled Christmas balls and light chains. By October, carols obtrusively blaring from loudspeakers near and far have long lost their magic – and meaning. In November, commerce and media insist that it is high time for us to finalise our Christmas shopping, and we are constantly reminded of the Western-World citizen spending an average of 280 Euros on presents alone. Those who won’t comply, will forever be stigmatised stingy misanthropists, who – not even for the holiest of occasions – overcome their revolting parsimony.

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Niagara Falls: Delicious horror beyond Halloween

Niagara Falls Canada: Halloween 24/7

29.10.2017

The Niagara Falls represent one of the most impressive wonders of nature of our day and rightfully enjoy their reputation as an untamed – and untamable – site of awesome beauty. Reason enough for Hollywood movie-producers to make this dramatic setting their filming location for ‘Niagara‘. In this creepy psycho-thriller screen goddess Marilyn Monroe is put through a bloodcurdling cinematic ordeal. In her role as Rose, she suffers nerve-racking distress induced by wicked husband Joseph Cotton alias evil George, who desperately wants to get rid of his wife. George vanishes and is believed dead, but he reappears. Shrouded in a misty waterfall spray and in the assumed privacy of the Rainbow Tower, he brutally strangles Rose to death. But there is a witness …
Fictional Hollywood stories aside: what comes now is REAL! The Nightmares Fear Factory is ‘the scariest and best haunted-house attraction in Niagara Falls Canada’.

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Berlin-Neukölln is changing

Berlin-Neukölln: From problem child to clubbable prodigy?

2.12.2016

It is presumed to be the most colourful, multinational and omnicultural of Berlin’s districts: Neukölln, whose reputation – up to the recent past – could be considered controversial at best. Predominantly low-income (German) residents alongside a high rate of immigrants touching the 40 per cent mark have been benefiting from affordable rents and trying to make ends meet remote from posh Berlin areas. Different beliefs; traditions; habits; tongues; skins or dress codes hailing from alien ethnic backgrounds not seldom ignited the precarious potential for social conflicts. Better-off Berliners and visitors to the city alike preferred to stay at a safe distance for a reason. Yet, by avoiding the confrontation with an often bleak reality, they simultaneously missed out on glamour of a quality only thriving in microcosms such as Neukölln.

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Dancing Tango in the street

Buenos Aires: An ageless Latin Seductress

27.03.2014

The most enchanting characteristics of Argentina’s capital may not be entirely genetic in terms of having grown from an indigenous seed – as accounts perhaps for other metropolises. Buenos Aires’ obvious charm is much rather the result of the Old World wanting to settle in the new one without abandoning their familiar ways and traditions. Immigrants arriving to the country during the nineteenth century created a fascinating mix of distinct ‘European’ style neighbourhoods by lending their foreign identities to acquired territory: Madrid is now in Avenida de Mayo, Paris in Recoleta and Alvear Avenue or Naples in La Boca. Downtown Buenos Aires exudes the atmosphere of grand colonial times to this date. Spanish, Italian and French cultures made sure to also leave their legacy in sectors such as education, art, architecture and gastronomy.

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Northern Ireland: Peace and tranquility up River Erne.

Nordirland: The green, green Grass of Home

22.08.2013

The Gathering Ireland 2013

Mehr als 70 Millionen Menschen stark soll die über den Erdball versprengte irische Diaspora sein. Speziell für sie rollt die grüne Insel dieses Jahr in einer einzigartigen Kampagne den Roten Teppich aus: für The Gathering.

Hinter dem Begriff steckt ein Generationen und Kontinente überspannender Zusammenführungsgedanke mit dem Ziel, Auswanderer zurück nach Hause zu holen. Zumindest temporär. Kämen alle – und blieben sie – würde es eng in Irland, auf dessen Gesamtfläche von etwas über 84.000 Quadratkilometern sich derzeit nur gut sechs Millionen Menschen mit viel Bewegungsfreiheit tummeln. Ambitioniert ist das groß angelegte Projekt also schon, das die Shamrock-Nation gemeinsam mit dem zu Großbritannien gehörenden Nordirland das Jahr hindurch prägen wird.

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