How sexy would you rate the country you live in?

This month the US News Best country website announced the best country ranking list. Germany ranked #1 , UK #3 and Portugal #23 out of 60 countries. Apparently, they surveyed a few people, amongst them: “8,092 … informed elites and … 4,513 business decision-makers. Some respondents were considered both informed elites and business decision-makers. The remaining 6,381 respondents were from the general public”.

The attributes were: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Open for Business, Movers, Power, Quality of Life.

Although I think this is mostly a marketing ploy to attract business investment to a particular country, I was curious about some of the categories. I particularly like the category Adventure which included the sub-category “Sexy” – How sexy would you rate your country on a scale out of 10?

Here is my sexiness rating for these 3 countries:

UK – 8.5

Portugal – 6.5
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Germany – 5 (the coastline lets it down)




On the road again

platanenheinI’m packing again… or trying to avoid packing at the moment… but, yeah, I’m packing again! Back to Germany. New flat… new job…

I’m thinking of the things that I enjoyed and will be able to do again, like riding a bike and eating Turkish food. Or even better, eating Portuguese food, now that I found a Portuguese shop in town!!!

If you don’t know much about Germany, there’s a funny and interesting post on “what I know about the Germans” by Liv Hambrett. Most of observations are kind (26), some are spot on (99), and some might be region specific (139).

I am also looking forward to dusting my cameras…so stay tuned. Meanwhile check out my Mini Guide to Darmstadt.

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Germany: There were two, now there is one

Written on THE WALL : “Du hast gelernt was Freiheit heisst, und das vergiss nie mehr” – You have learned what freedom means and that you shall forget no more.

Today is the anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Berlin still stands as a symbol of the once divided Germany with what is left of the WALL that separated East  and West Berlin. But the whole of Germany was separated not just Berlin, in fact, West Berlin was a little island of “Western Germany” in “Eastern Germany” – yes it was that crazy!

Here are some of my favourite pictures of Berlin.

Weekend Plans: Trip to Kassel, home of the dOCUMENTA

I’m excited to go to Kassel this weekend. This time it’s just a short day trip to see my cool friends from Kassel. I lived there for a short time in 2001, and coincidentally that year was also a year of the dOCUMENTA – a massive art exhibition that takes place every 5 years. I really enjoyed living there, there was lots of things happening as part of this art show, and the city is generally a cool place to be.

Last year I visit the dOCUMENTA again and I was quite taken by these portraits by a South African artist – Zanele Muholi


Happy Weekend! Any nice plans?