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Today is a paper collection day. Old paper was filtered,
stacked and tied together by each household. It was taken out
yesterday evening and quietly collected this morning not to
litter the streets for too long. So very Swiss.
Recent holiday trip was the first long stay in Zagreb since I
left nine months earlier. Although I know every corner of the
city by heart, walking its empty streets with a camera in my
hand made me feel like a tourist in my hometown for the first time.
I finished a book Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So
Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. The
premise of their research is that experiencing any kind of
scarcity negatively affects our lives and communities. While
this seems intuitive, it touches so many organizational
situations and human conditions that I was left genuinely
What a year. So many things happened it’s impossible to list
them all. I’ll start from the most life changing—living abroad.
People all over the place
I got married this year, but even my wife would agree that
moving to Switzerland was the most significant event for us.
We were aware of the trade-offs—more opportunities for growth
and more distance from family and friends. The former is
great, the latter not so much. There are two things I noticed:
Alan Ford is a comic series started at the end of 1960s.
Alan is a member of a small group of mostly clumsy and lazy
secret agents operating from a flower shop in New York. Their
actions are filled with satire and black humor often pointing
to issues in Western society.
This introduction would be redundant if you’re from a former
Yugoslavia country. Just saying Alan Ford would be enough
to set a stage for either a discussion or a joke. And this is
where I stumbled.
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