The Germans have a problem: Anlagennotstand.

If you think of what dominated some papers’ headlines recently, every country had their problem: there’re soup kitchens in Greece; huge unemployment especially amongst young people in Spain; a record number of trolleys in Irish hospitals; you name it…

German don’t have that problem. Theirs are different.

The last issue of Der Spiegel captured what moves the Germans on its title page, showing a worried-looking couple.


You almost felt like offering them help. Then, looking down the picture, you notice that they carry large stacks of cash.


So, what’s the problem, you begin to wonder? Are they bank robbers and had they just been caught? – So you read on…


Their problem, it turns out, is: “Wohin mit dem Geld?” Their “crisis”, their “Notstand” is: where to with the money? Wohin mit dem Geld? It’s farcical, comical, tragic, maybe even obscene? The world is on fire. And the most influential and serious German magazine cares about those who don’t know what to do with all that money in times of low interest rates.

Die Problem möcht’ ich auch mal haben.

Today was a brilliant day, blue skies, spring-like. The three of us brought Pádraig’s sister to the Tonndorf train station to say good-bye. It was really sad to see her leaving, but at the same time, it was Pádraig’s first time in a train station in a long time. We discovered that (once they fix the lift to the platform) Pádraig could travel with us into town in less than 10 minutes.

Some day soon!