well, it is not always easy to become older, is it? especially if you need some assistance in daily life affairs. thanks to my youngest brother and his wife our ailing mother is still quite fine, still among family and still healthy enough to walk through the day, remember all of us children ... and smile from time to time :o)
and it is so easy to make you a pleasure today, dear mother. a short walk, a cup of coffee and a cake and you are happy. it used to be more difficult before :-). happiness is state of mind, isn't it? the whole your life could be easier and more cheerful if you would allow more joy and easiness to yourself and to us, i guess, dear mother.
i was so happy to spend few days in early may with you in bratislava. we walked a lot at the river danube banks (dunaj, donau), explored the whole mountain park (horsky park), spent a lot of time the in the museum of carpathian germans in the old zuckermandl district. it was interesting for me to learn, that not only our native zips (spis) region in the eastern slovakian mountains was settled by germans many hundred years ago. also in today's slovak capital bratislava were germans the majority even when the first czechoslovak state has arisen in 1918, ...
enjoy few pictures from bratislava:
zuckermandl, part of the old city between danube river and the castle hill
museum of carpathian germans in bratislava (contains also hungarian, celtic + roman expositions)
a small church in zuckermandl
restaurant at the river danube
all the best to you, dear mother ... and see you next time again
as every year, the labor day celebration (tag der arbeit) is a nice opportunity to stand up for a better world and to meet some fellow activists. well, many of the munich's activist and democratic powers have been here: trade unionists, communists, leftist political parties, environmental activists, peace activists ... and this time also groups of kurds, catalans (free catalonia) and iranians, i.e. nations who seek independence or protest against current arrangements of USA/NATO aggression wars against their countries ...
if you asked me, we are still much too few activists and people who care about our community/planet out there in order to actually reach any impact. unlike the OccupyWallStreet (#OWS) slogan 'we are the 99%', the today's world is probably more like this:
1% are the really ugly greedy people (sometimes called 'elites') who try to destroy the world for power and profit
1% activists protest/fight against the above group
98% are ignorants who do not want to see + hear what happens around them and are not willing to say/do anything against the grievances. bread and circuses is everything what counts to them
and yes, the elites know what destruction and what a death toll their actions / wars / laws / policies cause around the world. just listen what the opposition leader gregor gysi from the party 'die linke' told in german parliament 'bundestag' few days ago (in german, of course) to to german puppet government officials about current geopolitics, U.S. and NATOs aggression wars (= not self defense AND against international law):
here few pictures from today:
marienplatz in munich, the square in front of the town hall has already seen many protests and celebrations
the good old karl marx comes to save the planet :-)
the next big thing in munich's activists' calendar is the protest against the new planned bavarian police laws which will give the police all the power to spy out / ban/ jail / ban citizens without legal trial. the suspicion by police is already enough