Earlier this year us second year Japanese Students were invited to participate in an international speech contest (theme: “tell an interesting story”), organized by Kobe University. Just this week we were informed that the video-recordings of those entries had been uploaded to the contest’s website and were available for all to watch. My story is a classic “awkward Japanese language mix-up”... Continue →

After a long, stressful first semester exam-period, I spent my brief time off traveling to two completely opposite places I’ve been wanting to visit for a very long time: Rome, Italy and Iceland: one of the coldest winter destinations I could imagine, but a place of stunning natural beauty. Over the past years, Iceland has gained somewhat of a reputation for its hipster trends and excellent... Continue →

After a long, stressful first semester exam-period, I spent my brief time off traveling to two completely opposite places I’ve been wanting to visit for a very long time: Iceland and the historic city of Rome, Italy, cradle to one of the most well-documented civilizations in western history. In order to recharge our batteries, we decided on this 4-day city trip and, looking back, it really did... Continue →

Footnotes are a classic staple in any writer’s toolbox, allowing them to, in an unobtrusive way, cite sources or display additional information not directly related to the original argument. Nevertheless it is my impression that online footnotes, through the way they are often implemented imitating printed media footnotes, come over quite counterintuitive and force the reader to disrupt his... Continue →

Earlier this year, me and a couple of friends decided on a summer road-trip throughout the so-called Deep South, the most southern states of the USA. As we have a shared history of playing in bands and writing music together, my friends and I thought it would be cool to purchase some second-hand instruments and travel through some of the more musically well-known states. This short blog covers... Continue →

I had been thinking on starting a small, personal blog for a while now and was already in the progress of writing up a small stack of possible articles to post. A long summer-break permitted me to sit down and get started on the technicalities; a process a bit more complicated as initially expected but worth it in the long run. This blog serves not as a tutorial on making one with Pelican... Continue →