Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mihrab painted by my pupils at Islamic school

This is the mihrab my school children painted in art class. For those who don't know, it is a niche in the wall of the praying room that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Coffee and herbs, ink drawing


Moroccan style interior, italian coffee machine, bialetti
the herbs: mint and coriander

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A child´s opinion about the refugee situation


I read a very touching post on Facebook yesterday, it is in german and I want everyone to read this, so I translated it to english and copied the german text as well.
The name of the woman who wrote these lines is Sabine Beck. I made a drawing inspired by the photo she posted with her text.



Yes, it is hard these days to see the beautiful things around.

But: 
My child says...
"Mum, bring a refugee child from Greece to us, so that it can live with us."
"It is not that easy, you know... I can't take a child away from their parents and bring it to Vienna. I can't care alone for you and for a new child. I have to work, too."
"You should bring the parents of the child, too. Logically."
"That´s not that easy, you know... The people can't just take a plane and come to Vienna."
"Why not?"
"Because they are not allowed to take a plane."
"Then they should take a car."
"That is not possible."
"Why not?"
"Because there are fences, and they are not allowed to come."
"Why not?!!!!!"
"Because many people are afraid of the refugees and for this reason politicians build fences."
"So what are they afraid of?"
"They are afraid of many things. For example, they are afraid the refugees will take away things from them, which they want to have themselves or need."
"And because of that there are fences and the refugees can't pass them?! Just because some people don´t want to share?"
"Hm, yes. You can say it that way."
"Muuuuuuuuum, and how would it be like to destroy that fence?"
"That is not possible.."
"Why?"
"Because it is prohibited."
"Mum, now for real...."
"Yes?"
"To let people die is much more prohibited, is it?"

True.



Ja, es ist schwer in diesen Tagen, das Schöne zu sehen.

Aber:
Mein Kind sagt...
"Mama, bring ein Flüchtlingskind aus Griechenland mit, das dann bei uns wohnt."
"So einfach geht das nicht, weißt Du.... Ich kann nicht einfach Leuten das Kind wegnehmen und mit nach Wien bringen. Ich kann mich nicht alleine um dich und um ein neues Kind kümmern. Ich muss auch arbeiten."
"Du sollst eh die Eltern von dem Kind auch mitbringen. Logisch."
"Das geht nicht so einfach, weißt Du. Die Leute können nicht einfach in ein Flugzeug einsteigen und nach Wien kommen."
"Warum nicht?"
Weil sie nicht in ein Flugzeug einsteigen dürfen."
"Dann fahrt´s halt mit dem Auto."
"Das geht nicht."
"Warum nicht?!"
"Weil da Zäune sind, und da dürfen sie nicht drüber."
"Warum nicht?!!!!!"
"Weil hier bei uns viele Menschen Angst vor den Flüchtlingen haben und die Politiker deshalb Zäune bauen."
"Vor was haben die denn Angst?"
"Vor allen möglichen Sachen. Zum Beispiel, dass die Flüchtlinge den Leuten hier Sachen wegnehmen, die sie selbst haben wollen oder halt brauchen."
"Und deswegen gibt´s Zäune und die Flüchtlinge dürfen da nicht drüber?! Nur weil manche Leute nicht teilen wollen?!"
"Hm, ja. So kann man das sagen."
"Mamaaaaaaa, und wie wär´s mit Zaun zam hauen?!"
"Das geht nicht."
"Warum?"
"Weil´s verboten ist."
"Mama, jetzt mal echt..."
"Ja?"
"Leute sterben lassen ist doch viel mehr verboten, oder?"

Stimmt.

                       

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sun and shadows, and what's left of my avocado tree

The light today is mesmerizing, I had to make a photo of my window with the roller blinds turnend down. Sadly, this is what is left over from my avocado tree. I enjoy "gardening" in my kitchen - it's actually sticking some leftover avocado seeds in the earth, placing them in the sun and watering them a bit. I actually grew four of them, they were beautiful with many leaves, until the mushroom flies came and their offspring attacked them. I bought a bacteria called bacillus thuringensis that killed them and it seems they died because I didn't see the flies anymore. So let's hope the avocado trees will recover soon.
The father of a good friend of mine planted a tree like this in Syria, it became a huge tree and they harvested ripe avocados every year. Unbelievable, isn't it?