Geschichten aus Kalifornien

Manchmal reicht es mir nicht mehr, journalistisch zu verarbeiten, was ich als Reporterin erlebe. Deshalb schreibe ich hier hier Gedanken, Beobachtungen und Gefühle jenseits der Berichterstattung auf. Es ist ein Experiment, das mir viel Spass und manchmal Angst macht. Aber es heisst ja, man soll raus aus der Komfortzone.

Betrunken von Orangenblüten

Wer in dieser Jahreszeit durch Los Angeles fährt mit offenen Fenstern, besser noch mit offenem Verdeck oder am Allerbesten mit dem Fahhrad, kann besoffen werden - und das ohne einen Schluck Alkohol zu trinken.

Weltpremiere: Schüler-Skype Los Angeles - Afghanistan

“Welche Noten hast du?” “Was sind deine Lieblingsfächer?” “Was machst du nach der Schule?” “Kannst du kochen?” “Wisst Ihr, was Tennis ist?” Das waren ein paar der Fragen, die sich Teenager der Windward School aus Los Angeles und der Kodoala Drab Schule in der Helmand-Provinz von Afghanistan stellten.

Random Acts of Kindness

What would you do if a friendly lady in her mid-30s approached you--a big smile on her face, a colorful tote hanging from her shoulder, a ziploc-bag of cookies in her hands--offering you her treats? For free! Nothing expected in return!

Nuclear Reactions: “Ignorance is Bliss”

I don’t get it! Why are Californians so relaxed about the two power plants that are standing right at their shore in tsunami zones and near earthquake faults? There is the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre Plant north of San Diego. A new active fault was discovered near Diablo Canyon a few years ago and scientists now say that San Onofre could experience even larger seismic activities than the maximum 7.0 magnitude earthquake that was predicted when the plant was built.

“What does the world I want to create sound like?”

Hans Zimmer still pinches himself every day realizing that a “kid from Germany that didn’t do any good in school suddenly is a composer in Hollywood”. I met Zimmer in his windowless studio in Santa Monica, where he sat down in jeans and T-Shirt between red plush chairs, computer monitors, a piano and several electric guitars to talk with me about creating the Oscar-nominated Inception score, his life in Hollywood, longing for Europe and his aversion for award ceremonies.