Is Berlin next?

people-eiffel-tower-lights-nightYesterday, we talked quite long with a couple of friends about the terror attacks in Paris. Unexpected, shocking and probably not the last ones.

The events will certainly influence everyday life of the people of Paris. Unlike the previous attack, the rage was not against a satirical magazine publishing cartoons about Islam (among many others). This time the attack was against ordinary people – young, old, football fans, Parisians, tourists. It just emphasizes the nature of total terror – no logical pattern so nobody can feel safe.

The most discussed part was whether Germany will be next. If we look back, we had the Madrid train bombings (2004), London attacks (2005) and this year  Paris twice. It is scary to say but not so many big capitals missing from the list, with one notable exception.

There are many arguments whether we should be worried or not. Some say the German intelligence  is better prepared than the French one, others that Germany does not fight ISIS (as far as I know not true) so we should feel safe. The fact is there are many Germans fighting for ISIS – the press talks about hundreds if not thousands. So the risk of some coming back and moving the fight into Europe does not look so remote.

I cannot judge any of the positions but the fact is that terrorist attacks become everyday news and this is not the Europe I know from the past.

So the big question is: what comes next?

P.S. This post is rather atypical for me and has little to do with tech. But if you still insist on a tech connection watch the financial markets tomorrow. Markets response will definitely hit on the investment climate.

A taste of Portugal – Work and Pleasure – Beautiful seaside

Enough about entrepreneurship and startups. Let’s talk about holidays in Portugal.

In the last 4 years going back and forth I could spend a total of 3 days having holidays in this beautiful country. What a big mistake!

This year I decided to do something about it and for 10 days drove with friends through the country, or more precisely along the coast from Lisbon down to Sagres and then as far as Faro. Writing is not my greatest gift as you might have noticed so I will just post a list of pics of some of the most picturesque places on earth. All pics are courtesy of my good friend Niki Vodenicharski.

Somewhere in Alentejo
Somewhere in Alentejo
Praia de Odeceixe
Praia de Odeceixe
Praia de Odeceixe
Praia de Odeceixe

 

 

 

 

 

Praia da Falesia
Praia da Falesia

 

Tunnel Beach, Sagres
Tunnel Beach, Sagres
Sagres
Sagres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some other nice places include Sines, Porto Covo and Praia de Zambujeira in the Alentejo region as well as Albufeira and Portimao which are more commercial and in the Algarve region.

I also gladly accept hints about other good beaches if I missed some. Thanks!

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See you soon!

 

Living in times of wonders. Which achievement impressed you most?

In the last days you could find me feverishly checking the news to get yet another detailed picture of Pluto. Tuesday night (Berlin time) I could see the latest and probably most detailed shot of the 9th planet in our solar system.

It was spectacular (take a look at BBC.co.uk or NASA).

New Horizons’ flyby of 2,370km-wide Pluto is a key moment in the history of space exploration, science and humanity. But so is the Philae landing on a comet, or the discovery of the Higgs boson amongst other in the Large Hadron Collider (fyi: the LHC teams just announced discovery of new pentaquark).

We are living in exciting times and there is more coming. The era of tech started long ago but does not seem to be slowing down and my news feed turns more futuristic day after day.

Just out of curiosity 🙂 Which achievement in the last years impressed you most?