It is August 4th, in the morning at 4:30 a. m. The bus from Tuzla arrives in Ljubljana. I have to wait at the station until the first train leaves for Villach at 7:00. At nine o’ clock I reach Villach, where the waiting starts again. At eleven o’ clock a train finally takes me to the Gailtal valley. In Hermagor I get off the train and am already expected by Armin, a cousin of my mother. Together we drive to his and his wife Gabi’s home in Rattendorf. (more…)

Bosnia & Herzegovina

It’s Thursday, 30 July 2015 and I walk to the Dubrovnik bus station in the morning and take the bus to Mostar. On the way we pass through Bosnia, but are only controlled by Croatian customs officers when entering and leaving the country. It is only when we enter Bosnia for the second time that we are also controlled by Bosnian officials. A few hours later we reach Mostar. (more…)

Why the magic formula was never broken and the SVP should get two seats

Today, Ruedi Noser and Philipp Müller were elected as the last two council of states members. This completes the Federal Parliament. In Switzerland, the parliament consists of two equivalent chambers. A member of the Council of States thus has a greater influence than one in the National Council, since the Council of States is made up of 46 members, but the National Council is made up of 200 members, which means that a Council of States has about as much power as 4.35 National Council members. (more…)


It’s Tuesday, July 28, 2015. I take the coach from Kotor to Dubrovnik. At noon I reach the Croatian town and walk to My Way Hostel Dubrovnik. (more…)


It’s Saturday, July 25, 2015, and I’ll take a minibus from Shodra and drive across the border to Ulcinj. There I take the connecting bus to Budva. Originally I wanted to spend at least one day there. However, as all affordable hostels are already fully booked and all were enthusiastic about Kotor, I only change there to the connecting bus, which takes me to Kotor. (more…)