Stories From California

Sometimes I want to write more than just journalistically about my experiences as a reporter. That is why I started to write down my thoughts, observations and emotions beyond scripts for radio, print and TV. This experiment is a lot of fun and scary at the same time. But, as they say, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

Love Letter to The American Way of Life

Granted: the weather was extremely cold, grey and miserable on my last trip to Germany. But it was not only due to the sun that I took a deep breath of relief after returning to California. It happened the morning after coming back. I took the bike to the market to pick up some essentials for breakfast. And there it hit me: strangers smiling at me, a senior passing me on a skateboard and a guy wearing an oversized funny hat greeting me enthusiastically: “What a nice day for a bike ride!” How can you not be happy about that? Unfortunately I am pretty sure some Germans would not even smile but instead complain about this stupid superficial cheerfulness. Unlike them I had missed this friendliness and slightly crazy individualism. I felt a sense of optimism in the air that is hard to put into words and essential for my love of the ‘American Way’ .

Der Meister des Oscar-Wahlkampfs

Zugegeben - der Zirkus um die Nominierung des republikanischen Kandidaten für das US-Präsidentschaftsamt ist eine preisverdächtige Show. Wir in Los Angeles haben derzeit allerdings einen mindestens ebenbürtigen Wahlkampf zu bieten: den um die Oscars.

Selbst ich werde seit Wochen bombadiert mit Filmwerbung: ganzseitige Anzeigen und Glanz-Beilagen in der Tageszeitung, Fernsehspots und Star-Interviews auf allen Kanälen. Man könnte fast meinen, Menschen wie ich haben etwas zu sagen in diesem Kampf um die goldenen Statuetten mit dem lustigen Namen.

Fight for the Hollywood Sign

After more than eight years of living in Los Angeles I dread nothing more than the unavoidable Hollywood-trip with visitors to the most famous sidewalk of the world and a nice view to the most famous sign of the world. Even though I try to prepare my guests for the imminent let-down these trips are destined to end in huge disappointment about the lack of glamour and the absence of movie stars.

Meditieren zwischen Bomben

Nach acht Jahren Leben in Los Angeles hat auch mich schließlich das typisch kalifornische Bedürfnis gepackt, mehr Spiritualität in mein Leben zu bringen, angeregt vor allem von Büchern der großartigen bodenständigen buddhistischen Nonne Pema Chödrön. Erfolgreich bin ich damit nur bedingt. Laubblasende Gärtner, drohende Abgabetermine und körperliche Zipperlein fördern leider nicht mein Eintauchen in die Zen-Zone.

Demons - Why Soldiers Return to War

“Why do you want to go back?”  was my question to various members of the US-military who continue to serve as the week marking the the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan approaches.