The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

Portugal in 1578. King Sebastião went off for a crusade in Africa – and never came back. Two years later, Spain took over the country. And while the king’s dead body was never found, the country waited for him to return. Sebastião became a myth and a symbol for hope – of freedom and a better life. Author Georg Franzky Cabral uses the character of … Continue reading The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

The early 20th century. The Netherlands worked out a special plan: Reclaiming parts of land from the sea and creating one of world’s largest man-made islands – just by building dykes and pumping out the water. In 1941/42 the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed and cultivated. Today, more than 70 years later, no building, street or canal is older than that. Almost. Exceptions are Urk, a town … Continue reading The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

THE SPRUCE: Planting 2017’s tree of the year

The innitiative goes back to a 1989 idea by forestry official Silvius Wodarz. Announcing a tree of the year is now an annual event in Germany. With the spruce being this year’s winner. A tree that most people may know as their Christmas tree. In terms of cultivation it is one of the few trees that brings a forseeable profit for the owner. And though … Continue reading THE SPRUCE: Planting 2017’s tree of the year