pmcamp-logo-dornbirnAfter the PM Camp is before the PM Camp. That is also true for the original #PMCampDOR team. They will again open their doors on November, 18th and 19th, 2016. In 2015, the Dornbirn topic was “Breaking Patterns”. Perhaps we simply wanted to counteract the growing complexity and dynamics that we find so confusing.

Today, it is easier for us to see how many options we have. We develop at high speed on a daily basis, the speed of learning increases. Thanks to the information society, we can see far beyond the horizon and can extend our limited image of the “world”. This fills our hearts and brains more than ever.

We also no longer refuse to accept the simple understanding that the future cannot be predicted. Just like we see more and more clearly that humans are basically not the crown of creation but just a small part thereof and that our microcosm, which is so very important to us, is basically just an illusion we constructed ourselves and totally subconsciously.

We now accept that, for many centuries, we made the mistake of believing our cerebellum could understand everything and that we could decide rationally based on our knowledge. And we notice that the huge majority of our knowledge and experiences is basically not simply retrievable at our convenience. Instead, it will turn up in an almost sinister way.

In particular, we notice that our decisions are not based on ratio. Instead, our ratio will provide us with reasons and justifications afterwards. Slowly, we leave the path that led us astray and made us believe that we are the masters of our behaviour and thus can be held responsible. We will then use the new technologies to start going towards the true dimension of social inter-dependence.

In order to survive in this new life, we will probably have to discover and make use of differences and contradictions. It will not help us to simplify or trivialize if we want to live in peace with ourselves and thus be content. This is the requirement for learning to do without enemy images and for having social peace with nature and other persons. What we need to do is accept matters as they are and stop differentiating and classifying.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday July 27th, 2016

Project PEACE. Meeting in Ulm.

We met directly beneath the venerable Ulm Cathedral. There were six of us: all mature men, meeting early on a sunny afternoon in order to work towards peace. Unfortunately, there was no woman amongst us, but then: maybe there will be in the future.

Here is an attempt at writing the minutes of the first meeting.

Das Ulmer Münster 1887

The Ulm Cathedral in 1887

July, 19th, on a nice summer afternoon in front of the coffee house beneath the Ulm Cathedral. Parties meeting:
Daniel, Eberhard, Guido, Jolly, Roland, Wolf.

After a round of introductions where everyone said what motivated him personally, we started developing and discussing first ideas on how we would like to and actually could approach the problem.

Idea of active involvement

We want to reach many persons and encourage them to openly work for peace. For us, this is more important than missionary work towards convincing non-peaceful persons.

We want to use the network-based media.

Based on the works of Wolf, we want to make a certain amount of interaction possible. We want the contributions of people to influence each other and yet we want them to have their own individual value. Participation is open and has a low access threshold. Yet the participation should be more than just a simple “like” or similar phrase.

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.Applying the snow-ball principle, we want to reach VERY many people. Our final goal would be to, perhaps, some day, have created the critical mass that can change society.

Our idea is based on views and convictions each of us finally put into short words once more:

I want peace through neutrality and respect for all living creatures.
Hatred and enemy images should disappear.

I have no enemies. Humans have no enemies. We create our own enemy images.

Appreciation. Peace has a value.

Peace is a precious commodity, no more enemy images!
More empathy!

An open society is a pre-requirement for peace.
Awake peacefully, let peace grow.

Next steps:

Find more like-minded persons -> this process has already started.
Fill ideas with actual behavioural patterns.
Design a logo.
Work on a manifesto – see a few fragments below.

Manifesto Fragments

Peace is valuable and needs no justification.

Peace is based on appreciation and respect.

Only those who appreciate their own self can appreciate others.

The peaceful solution of a conflict is always the better solution.

Humans have no enemies, they only have enemy images.

You can overcome enemy images.

einfach so - #lass_deine_waffen_fallen WNH 2016 - Wolf Nkole Helzle Social Media Art

Just like that – #throw_away_your_arms WNH 2016 – Wolf Nkole Helzle Social Media Art

 

Join us! Let us break the “pattern of war”!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Since we want to make the “project PEACE” absolutely transparent, I am simply publishing the Ulm minutes. Thank you Eberhard for the nice summary.

Hans Bonfigt
Monday July 25th, 2016

Multikulti im Nahverkehr

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre
Thursday July 21st, 2016

Again in Munich: The Arcis-Vocalisten: HAYDN!

After the concert is before the concert!

This is apparently the motto of the Arcis-Vocalisten! As early as August, 6th, they and their partners will, again, present a work of music:

Haydn

In this brilliant oratorio, Haydn combines the sum of his own competence with Bach’s counterpoint, Händel’s magnificence and Mozart’s melodiousness. Haydn’s musical cosmos stretches from naïve tone painting to a progressive “Introduction of the Chaos” before the world was created – an ingenious musical sheet of pictures.

Again, I cannot go there. Because two very cherished friends of mine celebrate their 60ieth birthday. But perhaps you can go? I am sure you will not regret it!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
For IF Blog readers who are interested, there is a special discount …
Just send  me an E-Mail titled: Haydn.

Everyone talks digitalization. So do I.

I even give presentations about it. Because I get the impression that there is a lot of confusion around. Although the topic is not really news.

For me, even the very term “digitalisation” is not a good choice. Here are the terms I consider relevant: communication, networks and information.

Information exchange means you generate information by thinking and then you exchange the information through saying out loud what you thought. There is an analogy with language. You can put language into written words – then it is “digital”. That is trivial. The relevant factor is how fast and how intense the spreading and exchange of information takes place. And this is where technology and its development start playing a role.
Let us just look at the latest development of humans:

After several attempts, the “humanoids” managed to walk upright about two million years ago. That was the requirement for the “humanoids” turning into “homines sapientes” around 200,000 years ago. Still being hunters and gatherers, the humans had their creative phase and started to leave Africa around 125,000 years ago. 60,000 years ago, homo sapiens really got under way and developed language until 10,000 years ago.

The spoken word is volatile. Whatever someone said could be heard only once. Consequently, they invented stories and handed them on by word of mouth. They included redundancies in order to reduce errors during the transmission process. There were attempts at drawing pictures along with the messages, but that was only a partial success. Consequently, it was only logical that, a few thousand years after the spoken word, the written word came. And this is how, about 7,000 years ago, they invented script.

In old Egypt, they told stories in temples using a symbol language that strongly reminds me of images. They were carved into sand stone and coloured out. Later, lighter materials, such as papyrus and paper, came. Along with technologies such as the printing press and the forcing set. And later, the information technology, like all technologies – was made electronic. Initially, they used copper (cables) and wireless technology.

Coding was also improved, for instance with the use to simple alphabets and digits. “Algorithms” and “technologies” for processing language and all sorts of information into the digital form were developed all the time. It is quite simple to show that all symbols can be represented digitally. This fact was an important requirement for computer developers, because, basically, the easiest way for them to work is using zeroes and ones. But that was a totally normal technological development.

Incidentally, written symbols and thus written language for transporting information was initially used for “business purposes”. Consequently, it seems to me that business is the “mother of all things and inventions”, rather than “father war”. War is just a special kind of “business” – and a very despicable one at that.

Written language makes knowledge available over time and space and creates networks. The rare books of Galileo Galilei travelled Europe and met the ideas of Kepler. Progress and technology was developed in cities. Because that is where the various disciplines met. Later, the cities started building networks and progress gathered momentum. And then the entire world became a network. Initially through letters, books and magazines. Later, newspapers and books were replaced by IT technology, just like oil lamps and the tallow candle were replaced by electricity and the light bulb.

Information networks brought us the so-called “industrial revolution”. And “digitalization” is only the continuation of this development. Both the speed of networks and the amount of knowledge have increased and continue to increase, which means that the process gets faster and faster. It is all part of the Anthrozopän (the era of humans – Anthrozopän). They do not really know when to define its beginning, neither can anybody tell where it will end and what will come after.

Eine Satellitenaufnahme der Erde gibt anhand der sichtbar gemachten Lichtverschmutzung einen Eindruck der Größenordnung menschlichen Einflusses auf die Umwelt

Satellitenaufnahme der Erde mit sichtbar gemachter Lichtverschmutzung.
Satellite image of the earth with light pollution made visible. You can see what a huge influence humans have on our planet (picture taken from Wikipedia).

I would prefer if we characterized the current phase of humanity using terms such as networks and information. Digitalization is a weak metaphor for what is currently developing. But “digitalization” is “in” and terms such as “information era” are “out”.

And everybody wants to be a front-runner in order not to be left behind. In Bavaria, for instance, we have a Zentrum-Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B), other German states already start introducing similar institutions.

And you can read endless numbers of pamphlets on digitalization (mostly with nonsense written in them) and attend many events. As a general rule, neither is any use to you. A short time ago, I attended the TechDays in the Munich Tonhalle. It was truly a festival of speculations and I am sure that, if anything, it increased the prevailing degree of confusion..

In the German Wikipedia version, I can recommend the article on Digitale Transformation (Digitale Transformation). It gives a concise summary of the current state of affairs. There are also some contributions, such as Computerisierung, Informationszeitalter or even Digitale Revolution (Computerisierung, Informationszeitalter, Digitale Revolution), all of which are “nice to have”, but basically you do not need them. There is also an “English” „digital business transformation“ article – I hope they will soon change it to become a feasible “digitalization in public offices and in business” article or something similar.

Let us just consider “digitalization” as the continuation of “industrialization” and as part of the evolution on our planet in the time of Anthrozopän. Incidentally, there is now a Special Exhibition (Sonderausstellung) in the Deutsches Museum with a few things absolutely worth seeing. But you should be careful about getting a guide who will not punish the group by telling them half-truths and voicing personal opinions.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

I like riding the Utopia Velo bicycles. Utopia Velo is a “small” bicycle manufacturer in Saarbrücken. Utopia bikes always have a very special frame. It is hand-made in the Netherlands (at Rainbow in Aalten/Nederland) in small quantities. Incidentally, “small quantities” is a relative term, because Roadster (with a cross-frame just like London) managed to sell more than 5,000 times in only a few years. One specimen of each of those models can also be found in my bicycle shed. Taken both together, you get more than 30,000 kilometres I rode on them over the last few years.

Every year, the Utopia company has a summer party. On the day before, they have some kind of “investor meeting”. This year, it was on June, 25th and 26th. Since I, too, invested some money at Utopia, I naturally wanted to be part of the event. But then, I would not go from Neubiberg to Saarbrücken just for two days. That would not be worth the effort.

Consequently, Barbara and yours truly decided to start on Wednesday, June, 22nd and combine the trip with a small bike tour. We went to Freiburg (the secret capital for cyclists and solar fans?) by train to continue the trip by bike through France to Saarbrücken, where we were going to attend the Utopia event.

Vorbei geht es auch an zahlreichen Schleusen. Die erinnern uns an schöne Hausboot-Fahrten mit allen.

There were also numerous sluices we had to pass. They remind us of all those nice houseboat journeys with everybody on board.

Here is a short travel report. One of the reasons is that we had a very significant highlight on our journey – we visited the Völklinger Hütte, a venerable world culture heritage. I strongly recommend visiting it.

Wednesday, June, 22nd, 2016: Going to Freiburg by Train

First, we went from Neubiberg to Munich East at 9.11 a.m. Then we continued to Heidelberg using the EC that had started in Salzburg and the final destination of which was Frankfurt. Our plan had been to go from Heidelberg to Karlsruhe using the S-Bahn train. Since our train was late, we missed the S-Bahn. However, we were lucky and another S-Bahn train took us to Mannheim, where we managed to catch the – also late – EC to Basel via Freiburg.

We arrived in Freiburg at 4 p.m. and first made our way to the river Rhine. This Wednesday was the first of three particularly nice summer days that made Germany extremely sunny and very hot late in June.

In the evening, after around 60 kilometres around the river Rhine, we start asking questions in Diebolsheim around 7 p.m. We were worried about our accommodations, because, surprisingly enough, the area is not full of advertisements. But we were lucky. As soon as we arrived in Diebolsheim, we found a sign: GÎTES d’ÉTAPE. We rang the bell and a nice lady opened the door. And already we had a nice room for the night. Since there was no restaurant in the vicinity, we acquired a Baguette and two bottles of red wine from our landlady (total price, including room for the night was 50 €). And with that, we had the first wonderful evening.

Thursday, June, 23rd: From Dieboldsheim to Graufthal.

Des öfteren geht es entlang an den Kanälen des Elsass.

Quite frequently, we go parallel to the Alsace channels.

We rise early. Soon we are at the Rhone-Rhine channel. It is wonderful on the bikes on a wonderful summer morning. In Strasbourg, we eat breakfast at a small bakery and then have a second pause at a bar. It is just like a fairy tale or the cinema.

After Strasbourg, we are never bored. We cross the country, follow channels and, after a few inclines, arrive in Graufthal. It is a village in an environmentally protected area. To be sure, it is a little touristy, but still: it is a very agreeable place.

We find a wonderful hotel. The Au vieux moulin fits perfectly with the scenery and the picturesque place, the room is great and the price is modest. There is tasty food in the evening; it is not easy to choose from the menu. We enjoy it all and again I understand why they say: living like God in France.

Our bed-time is rather early, because tomorrow morning, the Vosges inclines are waiting. And since they say it is going to be another hot day, we prefer to do the hard work in the cool morning hours.

Friday, June, 24th: To Saarbrücken via the Vosges.

We start before eight, forgoing a breakfast at the “old mill” that would certainly have been delicious. The soft inclines of the Vosges are of the kind even I delight in. Regardless, there is quite a total altitude to climb. We finally get our breakfast in a wonderful bakery as we arrive in a small town about half-way to Saarbrücken later that morning. We sit close to the bakery ovens where the delicacies originated and can watch the baker at work.

Then we continue on our way, riding our bikes across the width and length of a gentle landscape. Later, the way is again down and we reach the river Saar. Our route is as snaky as the course of the river on quiet bank paths to Saarbrücken. We discover remainders of the Maginot line, signs on the streets tell us about this monstrosity and the tragic events associated with it. We also came across soldiers’ cemeteries on our trip quite frequently.

At noon, we are still in France. We find a great restaurant. It is directly on the river Saar and a very typical Alsace restaurant. We enjoy the day’s special with three courses that taste delicious and a bottle of wine. As I already wrote: it is like God in France.

Then we continue on our way. After a short ride on the bikes along the river Saar, we arrive in Saarbrücken early in the afternoon. Only 48 hours ago, we had arrived in Freiburg. In theory, we could now go to the railway station and be back in Munich by tonight. However, since we have plans in and around Saarbrücken, we again look for a place to stay. The first few hotels we see are not really to our liking. Then we find La Résidence in the middle of the city. The price is ok, so we book for two nights. In the afternoon, we stroll through Saarbrücken – in our perception, the capital of the Saarland is a very active metropolitan city.

In the evening, we enjoy the Saar promenade. It really feels like a metropolitan city to me. There are great restaurants. There is some wind, it seems like the summer is over. But we are lucky, because the weather remains stable and we close three very warm summer days on our bikes with a really good meal. To be sure, this was only a small bike tour with about 200 kilometres, but it is really surprising how many nice things you can see in three days, even if travelling there from Munich was no small distance. Then the great rain comes – and we flee into the near hotel.

Saturday, June, 25th, 2016 – The Highlight – A Morning at the Völklinger Hütte.

Die Winderhitzer der Völklinger Hütte.

The hot blast stove at the Völklinger Hütte. (Wikipedia – Owner LoKiLeCh)

After a huge breakfast at the La Résidence, we start the day. It is a little more than 10 kilometres to the Völklinger Hütte by bike. We enjoy it, because it has stopped raining. The cottage is a huge industrial museum and World Cultural Heritage. We were already going to visit it during our Saarland trip, but then the time frame was not right.

This morning, we finally do it. We are extremely lucky, because this is the very day that the “Bhudda Expedition“ (“Bhudda-Ausstellung“) opens in the world cultural heritage. The sensational photo exhibition by Steve McCurry: “Buddhism – Photos taken between 1985 and 2013” has been installed in the cottage on May, 1st. The price of 15 € covers everything. Most of the visitors only pay 13 €, because you get a discount of two Euros for many things, for instance if you are an ADFC member or the owner of a BahnCard. …

The exhibition combines many messages and opportunities. You can experience the brutal side of the industrial era, media shows illustrate how the people worked. The integration of the Buddhas and pictures into the “old” technology fits perfectly. Someone gives excellent explanations on the Buddha statues. There is a fantastic contrast between the pictures and the environment. It is a truly great installation.

And the cottages also offer all kinds of things. Technology, history, but alo adventures and physical exertion. There is a long circular course that is never boring. And there is an outdoor high-elevation path where even well-trained climbers might easily get dizzy.

Even without taking the bike trip, visiting these “three exhibitions in one” is definitely worth going to the Saarland.

Late in the afternoon, there is more rain. So we flee into the interior of the world cultural heritage. Then it continues to rain. Still, we are on our way and arrive at Utopia relatively dry. There is a friendly welcome and we watch exciting presentations. In the evening, we are again lucky with the weather. We arrive safely and do another stroll on the Saar promenade. However, dinner is “in-house”, because it has become quite cold, if not downright frosty. On the other side of the window, you can get a glimpse of the sun, but that does not bother us when we eat.

Sunday, June, 26th, 2016 – Utopia Summer Party.

We check out of the “Residence” and ride our Roadster and Silver Dove (Barbara’s bike) to the summer party, taking all our luggage with us. We hear many interesting discussions, learn much that was new to us and get a few trial rides on “normal” bikes and “pedelecs“.  We are surprised to hear that a modern bicycle frame, either of steel or aluminium, is less heavy than a good bike chain designed to resist a thief. We also learn how to best oil a bike chain (after having cleaned it with a brush) and many other tricks. There is definitely a strong temptation to buy a new bike. Especially the pedelecs with their low weight are very tempting. Well, we can just about resist.

In the afternoon, we go directly to Saarbrücken Central Railway Station. The train trip is rather unproblematic, with just a small glitch: the only toilet on the regional train from Neustadt (Weinstr) is defunct and closed. Regardless, we are back at our “home, sweet home” shortly before 10 p.m. after five wonderful days.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday July 15th, 2016

Project PEACE. Two Possible Scenarios.

Project PEACE is under way. Consequently, I will now write down a few ideas on it. They are meant as impulse and inspiration – just for contemplating and joining in the thinking process. Perhaps even for joining us in the activities.

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren verbreitetes Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.

There are many ways to start joining the PEACE project. Let me describe two very different scenarios that show how you might wish to approach the topic PEACE.

SCENARIO 1 – Hands On.

One way could be to, as a first step, just do it the conservative way and found a start-up that collects money. This is how they usually do it in the “common-good sector”.

A series of very commercially oriented companies persuades people to donate money for common-good oriented companies, mostly by sending begging letters, calling people on the telephone, appealing on TV, talking to them personally or similar methods. Those who raise the money get a certain percentage of the collected money from their customers – and this is not really a low percentage.

In the same way, we could found a start-up enterprise that is responsible exclusively for collecting money for the project PEACE on the internet. There are enough ideas how to go about it. Of course, one requirement for applying such a strategy is absolute transparency with a complete disclosure of all moneys.

“Project Peace” could then spend the money for advertising and activities. However, such a strategy would quickly turn the project PEACE into a capital-oriented and thus vulnerable “enterprise”. Basically, that is not what I want. Which is why I would prefer organising the project PEACE without money (see: #nocapital). Consequently, I prefer another concept.

Concept 2 – Soft, Quiet and Prudent.

A second approach is that we look for persons who “think like we think” in a very unobtrusive way and make them enthusiastic about our project, thus creating a “quiet and nice” snow-ball system. Naturally, we are also looking for people who have a “multiplying power”. But that is not a necessary requirement. On the contrary: all persons are equally appreciated and we need them all.

What I like is that, especially for the goal PEACE, you need values such as mindfulness, humility, neutrality and consideration to an extremely huge extent. Adversely, capitalisation will basically always promote the interests of individual persons or collective systems.

I rather like soft, quiet and prudent.

Consequently, I prefer the second scenario, because it is the more honest and perhaps in the long run the more successful one. Another reason is that the very kind of idea I described in the first scenario can basically be seen as part of the problem. And to say it with a metaphor: you do not want to and probably cannot “exorcise Beelzebub with the Devil”.

But even for “soft, quiet and prudent”, you will probably need a few requirements, such as a nice logo and a manifesto for PEACE. Along with a “value and culture paper” and perhaps a few simple and basic rules. And this is where professional assistance would be very welcome.

A possible way.

We could start a “snow-ball system” for PEACE using the “principle friends of friends”. If this got under way, it might be a way towards reaching the great goal!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday July 8th, 2016

Can We Reduce Complexity?!

A short time ago, I integrated a knowledge proposal (Wissensangebot) by Thomas Kleiner into IF-AGORA. The message was:

“How to reasonably reduce
complexity
without making it trivial!“

Thomas offers seminars to managers that enable them to come to better terms with our complex world. And basically, he is always sold out.

I also twittered his new proposal. I gave it the title “How to reasonably reduce complexity!“ In no time, received feedback came in, for example “this statement is a complete #fail“ or “well, I look forward to seeing how that is supposed to functionl“.

Unser Kater Lenin, genannt Wladi.Sein Bruder Stalin, genannt Joschi, ist ausgezogen.

Our tom Kater Lenin, aka Wladi. His brother Stalin, aka Joschi, moved out. A very complex animal, not just biologically speaking.
Owner:
Barbara Dürre (cat)
Maresa Dürre (photo)

Well, you need to know that, on the internet, there is an intense discussion about the difference between “complicated” and “complex”. There was even a PM-Camp about project management in Berlin that tried to define the two terms.

Project managers had quite heated discussions about how to differentiate between complex projects and complicated projects. Also about how to solve those problems.

Personally, I can only speculate that dominant logics will not help either in a complex world. But then, where is the surprise? After all, it even often fails in very simple worlds and with merely complicated projects.

Incidentally, I very much appreciate one of the protagonists involved in the discussion about “complex versus complicated”: Niels Pflaeging. Although I always doubt if his analyses are correct, I certainly wholeheartedly believe in his conclusions.

Back to the knowledge proposal. You need to know that Thomas Kleiner is a wise philosopher. His diploma thesis is about “The Concept of Humanity in the Work of Rupert Lay“. It was not the only reason why he studied “constructivism” – and, as I see it, he actually understood it.

The theory of “constructivism” made me even more convinced that the categorization of a system or project as complex or complicated only happens in the cognitive awareness of the listener.

I also think the complexity and complicatedness cannot be understood or measured with scientific methods or metrics. It is a philosophical topic, or, as they used to say, one of “metaphysics”.

For us, “complex” is just as hard to understand as “endless”. Complex is something you cannot rationally define. I only know metaphors that are supposed to express complexity, but not a single one of them can serve as a valid, comprehensible and objective definition.

Consequently, I think the “reasonable reduction” of “complexity” is absolutely goal-oriented and possible. After all, it concerns the subjective perception of what seems to be reality and the way we deal with it. And, of course, I also think that you should never ever trivialize complexity.

No. Complexity is something you should enjoy and relish!

Here is an example:

I need our tom-cat to illustrate what I mean. Officially, his name is Lenin. However, the family calls him Wladi because they do not like the name Lenin. Unfortunately, his brother Stalin (the family called him Joschi) moved out. He no longer got along with Lenin .

Tom-cat “Wladi“ Lenin is certainly a very complex system, just like all mammals. I will reduce his complexity by just referring to him as cat or pet. In this way, I can make use of a lot of experience humanity has gained in dealing with cats without trivializing the animal. In fact, I might even like him and be able to find his activities conclusive. Regardless of the fact that I will never understand the complexity of a cat.

Persons who think you (HUMANS) could know and realize anything you set your mind to actually scare me. They try to change “complex” system with great speed and harsh measures. My fear increases when these measures are about our environment (nature) or our health (also nature).

I witnessed the tragic fate of quite a few elderly persons. Medicine made their last years absolutely miserable because it tried to heal them with scientific rationality. It would have been so much more helpful if they had just applied the rules of reason and reduced and simplified many processes.

To me, it seems like something similar is currently happening to our planet.

Far too many persons believe you can categorize the world into complex and complicated and thus change it for the better through rationality. As I see it, this is some kind of “omnipotent mental decease”. And I fear that, as often, “the chickens are counted before they hatch”. Except that it will take a lot longer for us to realize this.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday July 6th, 2016

Project PEACE.


I am frequently asked what our project PEACE is all about. My answer is always the following (or similar)

 


 

Weiße Taube auf blauem Grund, eine Variante der Friedenstaube: Seit den 1980er Jahren das verbreitete Symbol der westeuropäischen, vor allem der deutschen Friedensbewegung, entworfen im Kontext des Widerstands gegen den NATO-Doppelbeschluss.

White dove on blue background, one variation of the dove of peace: since the 1980ies, it has been the commonly used symbol for the Western-European, especially the German Peace Movement. Originally designed in the context of resistance against the NATO double track decision.

Thank you for asking!

For me, PEACE is the most important commodity, because PEACE is the requirement for everything else. Consequently, I want to give the project PEACE the highest priority during the time that remains of my life.
It is simply about, at long last, creating PEACE. Because it is about time.

Humans have managed to do so much already, why should we not succeed with this, too?

And: if you are in favour of PEACE,
you need no justification!

Project PEACE aims at
making more and more persons
willing and able to live in HARMONY
with themselves, with the environment
and the world that belongs to all of us and with each other.

It is a necessary and probably even a sufficient requirement for happiness. We want to work towards our goal without becoming dogmatic or moralizing, and we also want to remain totally neutral.

We will not imitate Greenpeace or Amnesty International and use propaganda and activities we finance with money we collected.

We will recruit friends and “friends of friends” who also want PEACE in a totally independent and free way, relying on inspiration and impulses alone, acting in a very soft way and with respect towards others. We want to reach many equal-minded persons, quasi through a snowball-system, thus contributing a little more towards PEACE.

Here are a few articles (Artikel) about the project PEACE. There is also a link to two videos with Jolly and myself. I particularly recommend Jolly. It is really worth watching. You want spend an hour with friends – or with your children and partners – and enjoy a glass of wine while watching it.

Best wishes!
Roland

 


 

Let us start and create peace! Thanks!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday July 4th, 2016

Island Hopping – here is my report!

And it was wonderful!

Between May, 28th and June, 8th, we (Barbara and yours truly) went to the Cyclades on the Aegean Sea (Kykladen im Ägäischen Meer) for the first time in our lives. We did some kind of “island hopping”. We had no bicycles with us and very little luggage. Greece is a country we often visited in the past, in recent years on the Peloponnese, but we had never seen those wonderful islands. Sometimes in the past, we went to Crete, either with the entire family or just the two of us, riding our bikes. That was about 30 years ago.

One reason why we took this trip was that our children had told us about their adventures. They had done some island hopping more than once and always been rather enthusiastic with their reports. So now we also wanted to make the same experience. Thus, early this summer was the first time we visited the Cyclades.

Barbara had prepared well for the journey: she gathered information on the history, geography and much more about the Cyclades. She had also found ferry connections, places to stay and such. The actual booking was only for the way out to Athens and back in and the first overnight stay in a Piraeus hotel. Everything else was done in an agile manner when we were there – for me, this is the best way to “travel freely”.

The journey lasted eleven nights with little luggage. Here is my report on these twelve wonderful days. As always when I write for my IF blog, I wrote it down for myself – but maybe some of you will also wish to do some island hopping. In that case, you are going to get a lot of information and motivation. And if you want to know more, feel free to contact me.

Abstieg zur Chora in Serifos am letzten Tag.

Descent to Chora in Serifos the last day.

Saturday, May, 28th, – Flying to Athens

Our flight is Lufthansa LH1750. It is scheduled to depart from Munich at 8:55 hours. That is a rather convenient time. We can take the S-Bahn train from Neubiberg at 6:31 hours. That means we leave home at 6.15 hours and walk to the station. If I get some island hopping, I will gladly rise early. The partner ticket to the airport is 23 EURO. In theory, you could use it for the entire day… But this is not possible because we fly away.

The S7 arrives in Neubiberg on time, but by the time we reach Munich-East, we are a little late (unfortunately, delays on our service line are more the rule than the exception). Due to the short time for changing trains, we do not catch our S8 to the airport. But this is ok: knowing that optimism is something you should not have when it comes to S-Bahn trains, we had expected this and started earlier than strictly necessary.

We had checked-in via internet on the previous day from home and printed our boarding passes. Since we go “economy light”, there is no luggage to check in, so we can go directly to the security counter and on to the gate. The entire flight – two persons return – was 236.02 Euro, all fees and taxes included, with the actual price for the flight relatively cheap (22 € per person, i.e. 88 € of the entire price). Frankly, I do not understand why it is so cheap to go by plane. One reason is probably that airlines are subsidized and that there is no tax on Kerosene.

The call for boarding is on time, so is the departure. Travelling time is 02h 20min. In Athens, all clocks are one hour ahead of Germany, expected arrival time is 12:15 (local time). We arrive a little ahead of time at Athens Eleftherios Venizelo … airport.

First, we go to our Piraeus Hotel. We go by Metro. The airport service is the “red” line, the Piraeus service the green line. That means we have to change trains after more than 10 stops. On the whole, the Metro travelling time was a little more than an hour, the cost was low – 15 € for both of us together– a single trip from the airport is 10 €, but I pay less because I am more than 65 years old, so for me it is only 5 €. A partner ticket for normal persons would have been 18 €. However, the “normal” Athens Metro tickets (not for airport trips) are a lot less expensive.

Barbara chose the hotel because it is both close to the Metro station and close to the harbour. It is the Anita Hotel. I can recommend it. We had booked and paid through booking.com and one night for both of us without breakfast was 35 € . Breakfast is an additional 6 € per person and includes the transfer to the harbour. The Anita is a clean hotel, the people are friendly and the rooms are ok. It is very close to the centre of Piraeus and near the great harbour.

We arrive at the hotel early in the afternoon and consequently have enough time left for Piraeus. We enjoyed that time. Before we started enjoying our time, we decided upon our next leg: We were going to Santorin! So we went to the harbour to buy our tickets. And then the joy began. Near the yacht harbour, we eat a small Greek meal (with wine), walk through the old city centre, and then it is evening already.

Sunday, May, 29th – To Santorin by Ferry

The Delos of Blue Star Ferries starts its journey with us on board at 7:25 hours. The trip to Santorin is rather long. It is well over six hours, because Santorin is situated at the southern end of the Cyclades. Like all other ships we used, the Delos is not a high-speed ship. The ticket is 39.50 € per person, which is actually a rather steep price. The “high speeds” are a lot more expensive and faster, but they are also louder and not very comfortable. On these fast ships, there is hardly any room to sit under the open sky and it is not enjoyable to remain outside.

On board the Delos, we enjoy the sun, the wind blowing through our hair, the view of the Mediterranean Sea and of the islands we pass. Whenever there is a stop on the way, sailing into a harbour is an adventure that gives us special impressions. We arrive at the harbour of Thira on the island of Santorin around 3 p.m.. This is the “new” ferry harbour.

From the harbour, the street goes up to Santorin. The place is rather crowded, even though we are out of season. Many coaches, among them quite a few “local buses” wait for the stream of travellers from the ships onto the island. The bus ticket for the local bus is 2.30 € per person, it is a steep ascent and takes around 20 minutes. At the top of the hill, in the city, there is a “coach station” where we exit. And this is where all the activity is.

First and foremost, we look for a hotel and find the picturesque Lepa. We can choose between a simple room with a balcony and one that is a little more luxurious without balcony/patio – and we take the one with the balcony. The view is of the enchanting hotel area with a small swimming pool. In fact, it is a view as you could easily find it in one of those (older) Greek tourist leaflets. The hotel is cheap, our room is 60 € for two persons and two night. It is situated very conveniently, close to the city centre and not far from the “coach station”.

From our balcony, we have a view of the ocean to the north-east. To be sure, it is not quite as pompous and exciting as the famous west view, but then, it is a rather quiet beauty. Ours is the experience of the pre-season, because during the full season, the rooms cost three times as much – if you find cheap ones at all. Even now, room rates in Santorin only know one direction: up. During the high season, agile travelling is probably not possible this easily and with such a low budget.

We have enough time left for nice strolls. Back at the hotel, we make friends with our landlady. She recommends a restaurant. The evening stroll is along the Caldera. Regardless of this not being the high season, it is quite crowded. To me, it seems like half of the people come from Asia. We hardly hear any German. After the Asians, most of the travellers are French, Italian or English. As we continue our journey, we will not see many more Asians, but then, there will not be many Germans either.

The evening sun makes the panorama even better. Far below, you see the old harbour (where we did not arrive). Two crusaders lie there, their tenders commuting between the ships and the harbour. We can see the steep path that winds its way to the boat dock. We also see tourist boats as they arrive and depart.

When it gets dark, we go to the restaurant our landlady had recommended. It was certainly good advice and we are happy and well-nourished when we go back to the hotel Lepa. When our landlady discovers we are back, she serves us two glasses of cool white wine on the balcony. She also gives us advice for the next day. We choose the least expensive boat trip (20 € per person for around 3.5 hours) and book it instantly. Then we enjoy the evening on our balcony in Santorin and look forward to tomorrow!

Monday, May, 30th – A Day on Santorin

We start the day with a cup of coffee on the hotel roof. And we enjoy the wonderful view. It is a truly nice morning, warm and comfortable with a fresh breeze. We take our time as we go to the harbour where our boat trip is to start at 11:00 hours. As we pass a bakery, we buy some “provisions”. We walk down to the harbour. Alternatively, we could have ridden a donkey or taken the cable car.

The ship arrives on time at 11 a.m. It looks a little touristy. Many Asians board with us and in no time, we start talking friendly with a few nice young ladies from Hongkong. The program includes a stop for submerging in the warm sulfuric water near the ocean and a hike around the crater.

We return to the old harbour around 14:30 h. Now we have to go back up the narrow path. Well, it is rather hot and we are lazy. After all, there is the cable car and the donkey. Barbara takes the donkey and I take the cable car, both are 5 €. And then we can recuperate.

Later in the afternoon, we again meet our landlady. We ask her advice, because we are looking for an island that is a little less noisy. With not so many tourists. Do not misunderstand me: as far as tourism is concerned, Santorin is nowhere near as bad as what I saw in North African countries, like Egypt, Morocco, or Tunisia, or even in India and China. It is a lot more moderate and on a high level – perhaps a little “chic”. With many discotheques, none of which we went to. You really want to have seen it all.

Our landlady recommends Folégandros. As it will turn out, this was extremely good advice. We discover that a ship will depart from Thira with the destination Folégandros very early tomorrow morning. It will leave at 7:00 hours. You should be at the bus station one hour before the ferry departs. That means we want to rise early.

Tuesday, May, 31st – Continuing to Folégandros

When we bought our tickets, they told us we have to take the bus that leaves for the harbour at 6 a.m. However, there is no bus at the central bus station. Instead, there is a hand-written piece of paper on the board telling us that the bus has been cancelled. Well, what a fortunate coincidence that the taxis are leaving just next to it. Consequently, this is my first journey by taxi in a long time. The fixed price to the harbour is 15 €. The driver overtakes whatever is in his way, which means that we go down the snaky slope quite quickly.

The ferry is called ADAM. KORAIS and belongs to ZANTE FERRIES. As all ferries in Greece, it produces a big black plume of smoke that follows the ship and will turn yellow after having travelled a certain distance. This is something that could easily be avoided, but that would cost money. And for this kind of improvement, there seems to be no money left, not only in Greece.

We enter and soon the Korais, with us on board, leaves Thira and “steams“towards Folégandros. The trip is never boring and lasts three hours. The tickets are 25 € per person. On the way, we have short stops on two more islands. Shortly before 10 a.m., we arrive in Folégandros and the KORAIS continues her way to other islands – among them Milos.

In Folégandros everything is, indeed, totally different from Santorin, even at the harbour. We wonder if we should spend the night in the Chora and look for a local bus. The local bus is a wonderful old-timer, an old Mercedes minibus with less than 20 seats. It seems to have been made more like in the 1970ies than in the 1980ies.

The nice driver – we will see him again during the next few days – recommends to stay in the Chora and check into the hotel MELTEMI. With open windows, the bus climbs up to the Chora. Chora basically means “central place”. It is the name for all the small towns on the Cyclades that seem to cling to the steep precipices in such a picturesque fashion.

The recommended hotel is close to the bus station and not far from the centre of the Chora. We truly like it. We have a very nice room with a beautiful bathroom, this time we also have a patio. We book two nights (60 € for both of us) and discover that the bus will continue to Agali at 11 a.m..Agali is on a beach that is described in the brochure as the most beautiful island.

Consequently, we quickly pick up our bathing costumes and go back to the old-timer bus. It takes us to Agali. The beach looks southwards. Everything is quiet and peaceful. Not much grows on this island with its water shortage. In particular, there are no trees. Consequently, there is nothing on the beach to protect you against the sun. However, since there are all these small taverns in Agali, one can easily manage. At 4.45 p.m., the local bus returns and takes us back to the Meltemi.

We close the wonderful day by planning ahead. We find a very cheap ferry that leaves for Milos in three days and costs only. 8 € (eight EURO) per person. We really like Folégandros. It is a very quiet island, without “tourist exploitation”. It is a place where you can really let your soul go free. Consequently, we extend our stay at the hotel Meltemi by another night and stroll through the Chora. Before dinner, we buy the tickets for the ARTEMIS (HELLENIC SEAWAYS) to Milos on June, 3rd, in a travel agency.

And in the travel agency, we find another attractive advertisement. There is a ship tour on the next day. For 30 EURO, you can go around the entire island, it is all day and the meals are included. There are many stops if you want to submerge in the water or just enjoy the view. We book it. After our duty is done, we now focus on the physical joy. For dinner, we find a tavern that is truly fascinating. After a last stroll through the Chora another wonderful day is over.

Wednesday, June, 1st – All Around the Island

Today, we are circling the island by ship, we depart from Chora-Port at 11 a.m. After a leisurely morning, we take “our” bus to the harbour at 10.30 a.m. – it is always the same driver. The cruise is really enjoyable. The ship offers plenty of space, we are a small and rather international group. The two of us are the only Germans.

The tour is really worth its money, the beaches for swimming beat vie with each other for beauty. There are also a few sights to see. There is a special appeal to diving directly into deep water from the boat. Aegean waters are rather warm even this early in the season, the food on board the ship is excellent, the people on the ship are all very nice. So what else could we desire? We are making the acquaintance of the island from a totally new perspective. On the Cyclades, it absolutely makes sense to circle the islands by boat for a better understanding.

After a great day with many impressions, we return to the Chora harbour around 5 p.m., the bus is already waiting for us and takes us back up to our hotel. Before going to the Chora for dinner, we walk up to the church that looks down on the Chora from a mountain. The small church is one of the very few architectural sights on the island. Then we walk back down the snaky slope to have dinner.

Today, we test another restaurant. The food tastes delicious, but the landlord seems a little arrogant. At least that is our impression. This is something we only experienced once on the entire trip. Consequently, we will not allow this to put a damper on our high spirits. Instead, we happily look back upon another wonderful day on Folégandros.

Thursday, June, 2nd – Hiking and Swimming

We have become familiar with the island through our boat round trip. On the map, we find a beautiful hiking path to Agalis, which is on the beach we had visited on our first day on Folégandros. We start our journey. The path is well marked with signs. First, it is an incline. Everything is so beautiful: the ocean, the mountains, the sky – everything has this colourful glamour you always seem to find in Mediterranean regions.

Shortly before Agali, we find another beach: Fira. We want to do some swimming – and we are all by ourselves. Neither did we meet anyone when we were hiking. So why wear a bathing trunk? Well – we undress and jump into the water. It is a dream. After our swim, we continue to our original destination: Agali. It is a true pleasure to hike. The path continues towards Agios Nikolaus. Since it is such a nice hike, we decide to walk there, too.

After a few kilometres, we come to a tavern that is just being opened. We rest for a late lunch. This tavern can only be reached on foot or by ship. There is a freight elevator from the landing stage on the ocean. The landlord is delighted. We are actually his first customers this season. Consequently, there is not too much to choose from on the menu. But it is certainly absolutely adequate. Wine, grilled squid, a wonderful Greek salad, patates… Again, all we can say is: What more can you desire?

After a long rest with a beautiful view, we start on our way back to the hotel. Of course, there is another break for swimming. On our way back we even get a few raindrops, which is perhaps a rare thing. After a small tour through the Chora, we return to the tavern where we had been eating so well on our first day. Again, it tastes just as delicious.

Friday, June, 3rd – Milos is calling

Departure for Milos is in the evening: at 19:10. We can remain in our room in Meltemi until we depart. Consequently, we treat ourselves to a cosy morning in the Chora with a wonderful late breakfast. Among other things, we eat a rare treat – white Taramas, a local specialty that tastes absolutely delicious.

Later, we decide we want another swim. From the Chora, you first hike a few kilometres uphill until you come to three old windmills. Then you go down to the Vorina beach. It is another wonderful hike. Quasi as a reward, we get another special place where we can swim. We are totally at leisure and enter the water several times. Then we go back up the hill.

Uphill means back to the hotel. We take our showers to be fresh for the journey, pay our 90 € for the three nights we stayed, pack our luggage and are at the bus station on time. Our driver picks us up at 18:30 with his small Mercedes and takes us down to the harbour.

The ARTEMIS is a little more than 20 minutes late when is starts its sea voyage at 19:30 hours. First, it visits another island close by, then the course is set for Milos. It is going to be an impressive journey as dusk falls. The skies have a red gleam, the clouds are even more picturesque than they had been during the

Since our arrival in Milos will be rather late, we log into the internet on the ship and try to find a hotel near Milos harbour through booking.com. We find the Hotel Rigas. They have a luxury apartment including breakfast for two that costs 90 € for two nights. We book it. The hotel boss personally picks us up, regardless of the fact that the hotel is less than one kilometre from the bus station. That is just how it is done in this region. This time around, we do not sleep in the Chora. Instead, we stay lower than the Chora at the Papikinos Beach, which is opposite the harbour. Around midnight, we check into the hotel – and we are now

At the harbour, we find a small pita stand that is just closing down. But for us, they have something left. We are now in Milos – a little exhausted, but very happy.

Saturday, June, 4th – Kleftiko

In the morning, after a tasty breakfast, we walk to Rigas harbour. We learned that it is probably not a bad idea to first circle an island by ship. There are many day-trip boats in Milos. They are in competition with each other for potential passengers strolling along the harbour. We choose Marco’s yacht. Marco is the skipper, the catamaran is his. He was born in Milos. His seaman is called Happy and comes from Crete. The trip is not a round trip covering the entire island. It is only to Kleftiko and back. It costs 50 € per person, including all food and drinks (soft drinks, wine, beer). Some other trips are less expensive, some more expensive. We are 12 guests on board, the maximum number on this ship would be 24. Everything is very relaxed and we have lots of fun.

Marco was born on Milos and knows it well. He tells us a lot about the pirates who used to live in Kleftiko. Since we want to hike, I ask him if there are poisonous snakes on Milos. He says yes and tells us about the extremely poisonous “red viper”, the “Cyclades” snake. Allegedly, being bitten by one of them will cause death within 20 minutes. And there is no anti-venom. Luckily though, it is a very rare snake and a very reclusive one. Reading about the snake in Wikipedia later in the day makes me a little less fearful and we decide to go hiking, after all.

Happy, the seaman – that is really his name – cooks a delicious meal for lunch. We enjoy spaghetti in tuna sauce, drink cold white wine and enjoy sun, water and wind. Around 18:00, the ship is back in the harbour. We are content, well-fed and a little tired when we exit the ship and go back to the hotel.

The hotel Rigas is directly behind the mining museum. So we visit it on our way back. Milos used to be a mining island. Many metallic ores and minerals, as well as kaolin, were mined here. During the second world-war, it was occupied by the Germans, because there was something precious to take. Visiting the museum was a really good idea. There are some well-made video presentations. They inform us about the hardships people who worked in mining had to endure. And there is also a good exhibition of the minerals they mined and tools they used, etc.

In the ante-room, maps of official hiking paths on Milos are pinned to the wall. Unfortunately, there is not too much left for us to hike, because we are going to Serifos tomorrow afternoon. Now we first want to relax a little bit. We are still well-fed. Later in the evening, hunger returns. We go shopping: tomatoes, onions and a glass of olives. We use the kitchen of our apartment to make a huge tomato salad with oil and vinegar provided by the hotel. On our big patio, we then eat one of the best tomato salads ever. And again, we had a dream day on the Aegean Islands.

Sunday, June, 5th – Next: to Serifos

From Milos, we continue to Serifos. We take the ARTEMIS for the second time. Again, the ticket is only 8 €. She is supposed to depart at 14:05 hours. Seeing the maps in the museum motivated us to do some hiking. There is still plenty of time until 14:00. Consequently, we make good use of the time for walking up to Plaka and “ancient“ Milos. It is a nice path. At noon, we eat in a restaurant up on the hill with a wonderful view. And then we are back at the hotel on time, where we take showers and freshen up. Again our landlord wants to drive us to the harbour. We gladly take him up on the offer.

It is not very far to Serifos. We arrive late in the afternoon. Since we had been so lucky on Milos, we again use booking.com for making a reservation. And again, we find a really great hotel. As before, the landlady picks us up. It is a delight to see the sign saying Barbara Dürre as you step down from the ship. We are again welcomed extremely warmly and the understanding between us is instantly great. It is not really far to the hotel, perhaps around 800 metres. Immediately after having unpacked in the hotel, we go swimming – the beach is directly in front of the hotel. It is a wonderful swim. In the evening, we stroll through the harbour. We are looking for a restaurant our son Martin had recommended. Unfortunately, it is closed. We get a recommendation for a “meat restaurant”. We find it – the meal is healthy and tasty. We are now ready for the day ahead.

Monday, June, 6th – Beautiful Serifos.

We sleep in long and start the day leisurely. In the morning, the first thing we do is walk the small tour 1a up to the Chora, which seems to be rather high. It takes us a little more than one hour to get there. First we climb up to the “castel”, then we go back down to Chora. Here, too, there is no “tourist exploitation centre”, just a few small shops and bars. We drink a cup of coffee in one of them and eat some delicious cake. Then we climb back down.

The hike gave us appetite for more. Consequently, we walk another tour in the afternoon. We drive to Kalisto with the “local bus“. Tour number 1 starts there: from Kalisto to Chora. First, it goes uphill on narrow and rather overgrown paths. We remember what Marco told us about the “red viper”. When we arrive on top of the hill, we can see the Chora and, still further down, the harbour. Again, this is a dream. The view is enough reward for the hard work – and it also soothes our fear of the red viper. As we continue on our way, the undergrowth gets less and the feeling of happiness increases. At one time, we actually miss the path; somehow or other, it seems hard to make out. But we went only slightly astray. Again, it is wonderful – we reach the bus in Chora and it takes us back down. We now have quite a few public transportation tickets of Serifos, but, depending on the distance, they all cost between 1.30 € and a little more than 2 €.

There is also some time left for swimming, which we can do directly in front of the hotel. In the evening, we again go where someone recommended us to go and are pampered in a tavern directly on the sea beach.

Tuesday, June, 7th – back to Athens!

We rise early, because the bus leaves for Panagia at 6.30 a.m. We can hike two more routes: route number 4 from Panagia to Glyfada (where they also have the helipad) and, combining with it, number 2 to Chora. And then we take the bus back down to the harbour. After all, we want to be back at the harbour by 15:30 h in order to board the ADAM. KORAIS that will take us back to Piräus. It is the last boat trip of our island hopping. Incidentally, the ticket to Athens is 30.50 € per person.

The hike is another sensational experience. We are back early – it paid to rise early this morning. There is still time for a swim and a late lunch. Again, we eat in last night’s tavern. Then we go back to the harbour. Our landlady would gladly have driven us, but it is so near that this is simply not worth the effort. We arrive at the harbour on time, but the ADAM. KORAIS is rather late.

Consequently, we have to wait quite some time before it comes into view. Now we go to Piräus and the end of the journey is nearing. On arrival in Piräus, we get another Pita on the harbour, then we take the metro for the very few stations to Athens City Centre. The hotel Euripides is very close to the Acropolis – and the way from the metro station to the hotel is not far, either. Due to the delay of the KORAIS, I am late for a hangout that was important for me. At least the most important part is not yet over when I join. Now I am almost back to everyday life.

Wednesday, June, 8th – Flying back to Munich

The day starts with a wonderful breakfast on the 8th floor of the Euripides (65 € for one night including breakfast for two people). Athens and the Acropolis lie at our feet, it is a breath-taking view over the houses of Athens. We see that there is a vista patio with reclining chairs one floor up in the Euripides hotel. We know immediately how to spend the last remaining hours in Athens. First, we log into our computer and check in for the flight back, also printing out our boarding passes. Then we go to the old city of Athens, because we need to know what is generally up. After all, we want to take the metro in order to get to the airport. We discover that there is a metro strike. However, on this day the strike is only between 12:00 and 16:00. This is not a problem for us, because our flight departs as late as 19.15.

So here is what we do: stroll through Athens, drink some coffee, buy a few souvenirs. Afterwards, we find the Euripides patio, lazily lie in our reclining chairs, drink a bottle of beer and look down on the big city. At 16:00 on the dot, the doors of the station Monastiraki, that is the metro station close to the Euripides, open again and we are on our way. It is going to be a nice flight back. Arrival time in Munich is 22:50. We even manage the long way from terminal 3 via terminal 2 to the exit. The S-Bahn train takes us home. This time around, all trains are on time, so the change of train at Munich East went well. We are back in our own kitchen around 23:30. We had twelve wonderful days – and we really and truly enjoyed them. And we decided that there will be another island hopping vacation on the Cyclades next year.

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🙂 Fair WLAN everywhere, Always friendly people, excellent food. And the best impressions in the world.

RMD
(Translated by EG)