I see Germany


Greetings from Munich, the heart of Europe and the capital of Bavaria in Germany. It is already one weeks since I left Cambodia to visit donors of our educational projects and Germany has challenged many of my preconceptions about itself. The first thing I found is its greenness. Yes, I thought I was going to find a cement jungle, but it is a green country of woods and even maiz – although, unlikely in South America it is used for gas production. Germany is shutting down its nuclear plants and moving into natural power. I am admired to see solar panels and wind mils everywhere. A great model for a country like Cambodia. Instead of creating dams to alter the ecosystems, the proliferation of solar and wind energy would be a great solution. 

The second finding is its people. I had before a clue to it with all the German friends I have, many of them in great cooperation with Cambodia in providing education to kids and youth. But now I can see by myself that Germans are kind and open, far from that image of coldness we suppose they are from far away. I just think that it is expectable from a cosmopolitan nation.

Anything you say from a country you don’t know is speculation, even if you know some of its people. You only can say something about a country that you know, from the surface of its soil and from the skin of its people.

I am really honored for this opportunity to know Germany and to learn more in this travel around the planet Earth. When we stop to compare a country with other, when we are ready to admire every nation for its people, history, traditions, dreams, only in that moment we are really good travelers and citizens of the world.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

2 responses to “I see Germany”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Hello Albeiro, I’m pleased to read your nice Analysis of Germany and my people. Right now I’m also back at home in Berlin. But soon I’ll be back in my host country again. Have a nice trip and enjoy! Arjay.

    • Albeiro Rodas says :

      Hello dear Arjay, greetings from Bonn. Have a nice travel back to Cambodia. I am going to be back by October to start the new academic year. Maybe we can meet to take a German beer in Phnom Penh 🙂

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