Johannes Eber

The most fundamental constraint is limited time.

‪// Gary‬ ‪Becker‬

Writing postcards on vacation

Why do we still write postcards?

Why do we still write postcards (especially when we are on vacation), admittedly less than in the past but still? On our vacation here in France we bought 10 postcards yesterday and they are about to be written (photo above). Even people who are on Facebook (and can track everything I do), like my mum, get one. I guess, it’s…


Randomized travelling

A funny and interesting way to explore new (vacation) areas is to sketch a route on a map without any intention (in my case by my four year old son) – and get going. The advantage (especially at hotspots for tourism): Because of the commitment to the route you avoid herd behaviour (which ends up in restaurants, ovecrowded with ecxessive…

How the Germans invest their money

The Germans get richer year by year. In the first quarter 2014 they had financial assets of 5,2 trillion Euro according to a press release of the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Bundesbank), the national central bank. But in which types of investments do the Germans keep their money and try to keep it safe and/or increase it?


“Ente” is still alive

In Germay you don’t see this specific looking car anymore. It was very famous in my childhood (in the 70s and 80s) and everybody just called this car “die Ente” (“the duck”). I was pleasantly surprised that in France (where I am on vacation) you still find the Citroën 2CV (French: “deux chevaux”, lit. ‘steam horses’) quite often, although the…

Millions for millionaires: What I don’t like at german public-service broadcasting

Germany has a huge public-service broadcasting system (mainly ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandradio), which is financed by a mandatory contribution called “Haushaltsabgabe”. Every houshold has to pay 17,98 Euro per month. Foremost with that system the public-service broadcasting collects about 9 billion Euro a year. Alone the ARD – with a national television station (Das Erste), several regional and focussing channels plus radio…

Compulsory Education: Signs of change in Germany

School attendance in Germany is mandatory. Not only education ist compulsory but also visiting a school (for 10 years). Beside Sweden Germany is the only country in Europa with such a strict law. But there are some signs of change, for example the establishing of the Bundesverband Natürlich lernen e.V. The Association calls for “Learning in Freedom” (“Bildung in Freiheit”)…

Thank you!


After an inspiring roundtable-discussion called “Possibilities and challenges related to blogging: an international comparison Marketing strategies for individual blogs” this afternoon with bloggers from Asia and Germany at the betahaus Berlin well organised by the Goethe-Institute. From right to left: Zsuszanna Toth and Antonia Märzhäuser (Freunde von Freunden); Max Büch (; Geraldine de BastionIman Dwianto Nugroho (Photographer), Indonesia; Nisha Anders (Goethe-Institut); Kilian Vieth (; Makbul Mubarak, Indonesia; Matthias Lehmphul (Goethe-Institut); Sopheap Chak (Global Voices); Cambodia, Camille Angela Lao Co, Philippines; Masha Sedgwick, Berlin and Jose Antonio Diaz (Our awesome planet), Philippines. Thank you!

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