The art of avoiding

Today, I have a strange day. The kids aren’t with me, S. is working and as it is a Monday I have almost no lessons to teach. This means it is the perfect day to do things that I should do. Such as cleaning the bathroom (something I really do not enjoy doing), or pre-write a few blog posts (I have never been good at that), or simply sit down and write.


The weather is amazing! The forecast for today is 26°C, the sky is blue, it is sunny. On top of that, I received two interesting books just at the moment that I sat down to write this post (one I already know a bit as the first draft was published on a blog, it is The Halley Branch by Trent P. McDonald). I have two newspapers to read (ok I don’t think that I’ll behave like I did once, 15 years ago, when I read a copy of The Economist in its integrity from cover to cover…) I have the special edition of Der Spiegel “#Frauenland” which is super interesting too…

Those are just the easy distractions.  Continue reading “The art of avoiding”

Being Eco-Friendly

Imagine your plastic bottle starting to grow into a plastic-bottle-tree in a landfill…

Being Eco-Friendly

Currently, the news is overflowing with stories about plastic in the oceans, recycling, living sustainably and so on. When was it? Yesterday, I think, we (the humans living on this planet that we call “Mother” earth) were advised that we should pay attention to climate change.

Just today, this image of some old plastic waste washed ashore onto my Instagram feed:

Plastic! It’s bloody everywhere!

And as the picture of the old washing-up liquid bottle proves, it (the plastic pollution problem) has been around for quite a while.

Littering has always been out of the question

I was brought up to respect nature, littering was out of the question (I even feel bad when it’s the stem of an apple going into the gutter by accident and not making it into the next bin). So, imagine how shocked I was at 22 when I saw a kid chuck a disposable cup into the gutter next to a bin or a dogwalker doing the same with a bag of poo… But then I received a certain education/brainwashing when it comes to littering. Continue reading “Being Eco-Friendly”