Sometimes, if I have the opportunity, I collaborate with photographers as many ways as possible. Meeting Peter was quite overwhelming due to his experience, professionalism and sensitivity. He expresses his point of view through the lens in a unique way, just like a true artist should be. I feel lucky enough to have met him by coincidence and I cannot recommend his work enough. You can visit his website here.
I’ve done a lot of mistakes practicing my German skills. So, I’ve decided to write a stand-up set about it. For those who understand German and also a bit of the popular German culture: I hope you enjoy this video. Thank you.
This is not a judgmental point of view about a very sensitive subject. This is a reaction based on current events.
I decided I wanted to share with you a piece of my craziness. Because there are crazy things happening and sometimes my brain doesn’t know how to process them. When Trump was elected, I was stunned as most people were. I was also appalled that Trump was not the first man to be accused of severe crimes such as sexual assault and still roam free without facing any justice or criminal system.
But most of all, we were scared because he won’t be the last man who doesn’t face the consequences. But things are changing thanks to civil rights protests and the voices of the people who are shouting louder and louder reminding bigotry that we are all human. On the streets, online, on the media. We don’t tolerate hate anymore. So with all of this in mind, I had mass confusion in my mind: “why did he win?!”, “what is going to happen?”, “are we safe?”, “how can we stop him from taking away our rights?”.
Well, in the light of such events, here’s what I imagined: I thought that Trump had to travel to Europe for some political reason. During this trip he would also go to Germany and obviously he would meet Angela Merkel. So, this is my question: “What it would happen if Donald Trump “grabbed something” of Merkel?”
Yes. I’m asking what it would happen if Trump made an inappropriate move on one of the most powerful women on Earth. What it would happen?!
I’ve shared this problematic with many people and we always come to the conclusion that it’s terrifying to acknowledge that women have no sufficient protection against aggressors, predators or anyone who uses power to corrupt. I don’t know the answer to this question, but I hope it can provoke something in your mind and make you want to read more about equal rights issues and also to help one another. We need to find solutions so we can solve complex questions like this one.
Thank you for reading this essay.
I get questions about my traveling habits more frequently that I would like to. So I’ve decided to write this post to clarify things (and then to send it to people who ask a lot of questions).
First of all: there are beautiful mornings waiting for you in every corner of every place you visit. That being said, there is also amazing people you can meet. It was in this spirit that I got involved with the Couchsurfing community back in 2011. Since then every time I travel with friends, we always choose couchsurfing first before anything else. We love meeting random people and also discover new places through their knowledge of the city. It’s a unique experience and completely changes how you travel.
But what happens if there’s no host available or all hostels are expensive?! You can always check Airbnb. Read the reviews beforehand and then book any type of room that you would like. Enjoy a pleasant stay in a local home for a more accessible price. Worth it.
That’s basically how I do it. To move around I usually trust planes, trains, buses and Blablacar.
How about you? How do you like to travel?
I love online content that can break barriers between people. “The Secret Life of Muslims” is a documentary web-series directed by Joshua Seftel that shows American Muslims being real about their lives, accomplishments, expectations and values. It shows people being people. It shows that we, together as a society don’t know everything about each other; but that’s ok as long as we are open to listen to others and to get to know their story. Because what the media shows it’s never 100% true. Besides the video below you can check more episodes here.