Fröhliche Gesichter während des bunten Holi Festivals in den Straßen von Rishikesh.

Celebrating Colors, Spring and Love

Today, India celebrates its Holi festival and with it the arrival of spring, love, colors and the victory of evil over good. A year ago, I was right in the middle of the colorful hustle and bustle. A flashback.

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Rishikesh – always in my heart

“I feel India so much right now,” a friend wrote the other day. She has Rishikesh-sickness, another told me. And I can understand both of them so well. Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga on the banks of Mother Ganga. Rishikesh, which whenever I see it in photos sends shivers up and down my spine, wonderful memories into my head and tears into my eyes. Rishikesh, where all the puzzle pieces I had unknowingly collected suddenly formed a picture.

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Zwei junge Thais tragen Masken. In Thailand kein ungewöhnliches Bild. Seit Ausbruch des Corona-Virus sind noch mehr Menschen mit Schutzmasken zu sehen, als sonst.

Corona – Traveling or What?

Up until yesterday, I wasn’t worried about the corona virus. I followed from a distance how toilet paper, noodles, rice and the like are hoarded in Germany, Europe and the rest of the western world – and felt safer in India than possibly some back home. But overnight India changed its entry requirements. And now I wonder if I could get stuck here if the situation worsens.

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Auf dem Weg zur Schule besorgt sich dieses Mädchen ihr Frühstück an einem Streetfood-Stand.

And Suddenly There Was Thailand

I have to make a cut. Thailand has captivated me, demands my full attention – here and now – and makes it almost impossible for me to move my thoughts back to the American continent.

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