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Home at last

For a week now. I didn’t want to arrive with a drumroll, because I couldn’t believe I would really make it home.  The Persian doctor (I am just guessing that he is Persian, he never told me) returned from his holidays. While he and Professor Kotz had been away, a very...

How are you?

Thank you, I’m glad you asked.  Well, actually, I’m not glad you asked, because now you I have to answer.  And I don’t know what to say.  I could be gentle with you and tell you that I’m getting better? But that would make you think everything is okay – you’ve heard...

Spitalsalad

Spitalsalad The roots of the great chestnut tree rest in the garden below, but the rustle of its leaves in the wind comes to me through the open window.  The bed on the third floor, the one next to the window, number 2 to be exact, is mine.  Every year, there is a...

Raiffeisen

Help comes in many forms. Like prayer and thanks, it is expressed in as many ways as there are people who offer it and the moods they happen to be in. By Monday lunchtime, enough money had been donated. By that evening half the sum again had been donated. On Tuesday...

Good heavens!

“Good heavens!” Was the phrase on my lips repeatedly during those first 48 hours. That “Good heavens!” feeling was first incredulity - what's happening?, are people really so kind?, and then it grew into an immense respect for humanity, for communities of people large...

The first 72 hours

I am starting to process everything that is happening around me and to feel that I can even put it into words. At this moment, I am in the Hargita Mountains in a camp that we come to every year with my family. I did not want to cancel it since coming here gives me...