Snowerflow – Boston Winter kills the love


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Winter in Berlin was cold, with snow that nobody bothered removing. Winter in Stuttgart was snowy. Current winter in Boston is unbelievably cold, temperatures are changing on a daily basis within a range of 20 degrees celsius, there is a … Continue reading

Und heute ist es Linus


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Linus heißt das neueste Projekt von Frau Holle. Es schneit, es ist kalt, der Schnee von letzter Woche hat sich zu unüberwindbaren Eis-Hindernissen im Alltag verwandelt. Auch wenn wir hier alle in Trance sind nach dem unglaublichen Sieg der New … Continue reading

By the Sea

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.  (Rilke)


The Neptunes, our maritime club at The Fletcher School, which I along with two friends lead, organized a boat trip along the coast of Salem, followed by a huge Lobster cooking. It was a beautiful day, 21 degrees (Celsius, of course :-)). And, once again, it is the ocean that calms and humbles me and makes me appreciate everything that I have.

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Connecting worlds – who am I studying with in Boston?

Summary for the busy people: When you go to a grad school like Fletcher, you need to stop comparing yourself to others. It is easier to accept that you´re in a team and you have the privilege of knowing such a different bunch of people.

Here is the question I get asked a lot this summer: “So, who are you studying with?” That is not that easy to answer! My fellow companions are so unique and I want to give you some impressions of who they are and what they are doing during their summers. This is just a small selection of my class at Fletcher and I hope I can continue with “connecting worlds”-posts.

Maybe, my dear German friends,  if you like what they are doing, you might want to get in touch with them. Let´s face it: This world is all about networking and if I can be of any help, you know how to reach me.



  • UzairUzair, from Karachi. My favorite experience with Uzair: Delicious Pakistani homemade dinner with American soldiers and German Hefeweizen

I do not know why that smart man has ever worked at Deloitte, because for me he is the born politician. He currently interns at the Hudson Institute in D.C. , researching on national power parity between India and Pakistan. Uzair is patiently answering all my, sometimes stupid, white Western questions about Pakistan and Afghanistan. Personally, I think, somebody should offer him a tour through German schools. So he could tear down some stereotype walls!

This is not exactly where Uzair works right now, but close by ;-)

This is not exactly where Uzair works right now, but close by 😉


  • Deepti Deepti, from Keralla. My favorite experience with Deepti: “Just one” drink in a karaoke bar in New Jersey.

She never stops working! And it is no wonder that she received a grant to intern in a developing country – Deepti went to educate Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We skyped once with the worst connection, but I have not found out yet, whether she encountered an elephant. She has now returned to New York from where she will head on a backpacking trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

Sunset in Colombo

Sunset in Colombo


  • Robert Robert, from Erfurt. My favorite experience with Robert: walking 50minutes through New York City rain, because the location we were looking for was “just a few blogs from here”

He.does.not.sleep! Robert and I lived in one tower on campus and I especially loved that occasional stopping by, that usually ended in foreign relations discussions lasting 2-3 hours. Robert spent June in Brazil, where I predict he will retire later in life and just started the 6-month prestigious Carlo-Schmid-internship program at NATO headquarters in Brussels.


  • AbhishekAbhishek, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. My favorite experience with “Abhi”: Building a snowman in the middle of the night.

Whenever I was falling in panic mode because of work load or existential life questions I couldn´t answer, there he was: calming Abhi. Rarely have I met a person who is as calm as he is. Abhi graduated this May and just moved to California to work for a technology start-up.

Abhi´s first sunset in Los Angeles.

Abhi´s first sunset in Los Angeles.


  • GeoffreyGeoffrey, Hartford. My favorite experience with “Geoff”: Spontaneous TV-show nights, mostly The Walking Dead.

Geoff is a Januarian, a Fletcher student who starts the master program in the Spring semester. Supposedly, Januarians have a harder time integrating – well, that cannot be proven with Geoff. He is very funny, spontaneous and he has the ability to critically reflect himself. Geoff interns for an energy company in Boston. He wants to focus on natural ressources security; I guess, we´ll need a lot of Geoffs in the future.

Geoff´s view was the complete opposite of his normal Blakeley Hall dorm view

Geoff´s view was the complete opposite of his normal Blakeley Hall dorm view


  • MarkMark, from Boston. My favorite experience with Mark: Watching the first game of the Red Wings – Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff games (it was my team, the Detroit Red Wings vs. his team, the Boston Bruins)

The all American hockey fan and I found out in our first conversation how much we love sports, good food and security studies. There is not really that much more you need to start a friendship ;-). I conclude after one year, that Mark and I basically agree to disagree on pretty much everything. I am moving in with Mark next year, so it will stay interesting. Mark focusses on security studies, especially American foreign affairs. It was his dearest wish that I mention how much he is in love with his state Massachusettes ;-).

This is Mark celebrating a Red Sox win at their biggest competitor´s stadium, the Yankee Stadium in New York.

This is Mark celebrating a Red Sox win at their biggest competitor´s stadium, the Yankee Stadium in New York.


  • EricEric, from Montreal. My favorite experience with Eric: Watching him in the kitchen – he is a food designer, his dishes look like art.

It is very unfortunate that Eric and I have no contact in classes, because I am the technology/security-person, and he is the international development person. People like him refer to students like us as war malds, whereas people like me refer to students like him as the humanity malds. Yes, the real world dysfunctions are displayed in the small Fletcher microcosm as well. Eric is so passionate about development, that I am really sure he will make a difference. He is currently in Liberia, working for a NGO. He is doing research for a social enterprise that will provide services for young people trying to find jobs or start their own businesses.

That is Eric :-)

That is Eric 🙂

  • 1461871_10151743495486227_695587322_nNora, from Budapest. My favorite experience with Nora: Buying cheap Red Sox tickets, ending up in first class seats with Popcorn and Pumpkin beer.



Nora in the morning: Asking me in German, how I am. Chatting with our cleaning lady in fluent Spanish, turning around to greet somebody else in fluent French. If there is somebody predisposed to work for the United Nations, it is her. She has spent several years in Haiti, and is currently looked for an “in” into development consulting.

Nora at graduation

This is Nora with her boyfriend Janos at graduation.

  • Thomas, from Amsterdam. My favorite experience with Thomas: Singing “I will survive”

Thomas currently works with “Doctors without borders” in South Sudan. All I know from what´s app-conversations is: They are dealing with Cholera. Thomas has a super-long distance relationship to Australia.

This is where Thomas works right now.

This is where Thomas works right now.


A very German Wochenende


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***English Version below*** Heute mal rückwärts: Da eine gute Freundin mein Facebook-Bild vom Oktoberfest-Lauf zum Anlass nahm, mich zu fragen, ob es mir gut geht (und damit meinte: So wie Du aussiehst, kann es Dir doch gar nicht gut gehen;-)), … Continue reading

Prokrastination ist mein zweiter Vorname


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Es wird ruhiger in meinem Landschulheim-Zuhause, Kaffeekonsum übertrifft Bierkonsum, Umarmung oder gemeinsames Durchhalten sind gefragt. Hier heißt das Midterm-Zeit: Ich habe eine Klausur in jedem Kurs und muss Exposés für meine Hausarbeiten abgeben. Donnerstag gehts los mit einer Klausur in … Continue reading

Schlafentzug vorprogrammiert


Für Lesefaule: Verrückte Woche mit Geburtstagsüberraschungen, wenig Schlaf, der Erkenntnis: Kein Alkohol ist auch keine Lösung und einem fertigen Stundenplan, der viel Arbeit bedeutet. Während der Orientierungswoche haben alle Sprecher augenzwinkernd Anmerkungen darüber gemacht, wie wenig Grad Students schlafen dürfen, … Continue reading

Rudern gegen das Fett werden…


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Ihr habt wahrscheinlich alle bereits drauf gewartet ;-), Euch gefragt, was Burger, Erdnussbutter und Eis mit mir machen, hier ist es: Das Septemberbild. Kommentiert, wie Ihr wollt. Ich kann das schon ab; naja, seid vielleicht konstruktiv. Destruktivität macht mich traurig … Continue reading

Orientierungswoche / Orientation Week


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Für Lesefaule: Orientierungswoche ist faszinierend und gleichzeitig überwältigend. Viele Infos, viele neue Leute, alles neu. Die Fletcher School ist wie eine Großfamilie und wir leben auf einem Campus, der mehr zu bieten hat als so manche Kleinstadt. Großstadt Im U-Bahn-Aufzug … Continue reading