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1987/1988 was a strange year, indeed! Perestroika was going on in Russia, and while they aimed for political reforms, the ongoing economic reforms in China had already yielded more results. We did not discuss politics with our East German classmates, but who would have thought that the Berlin Wall would come down only a bit more than a year later? While the student protests in Beijing would be crushed mercilessly?

In this environment of change I experienced an amazing year of my life that has shaped me more than I will ever know. Although I did not pursue a career in or related to China I don’t regret or want to have missed spending this year there, during this time.

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Now, what?

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It was May. The weather was once again nice and warm. Getting hot again, soon. I did not really have anything meaningful to study at Fudan. I had a legit and valid student ID card, with which I could buy tickets for „Chinese prices“ for trains etc. This huge and amazing country was waiting to be explored. But shy little me would never have even started a big trip on my own. Nevertheless, I seemed to have been talking about travel plans a lot, because one day a fellow German student approached me. He had heard that I might be planning a trip to Xinjiang. He, himself, always had the dream of seeing Tibet. But due to „unrests“ in the area Tibet was closed for foreigners. So, would I mind if he joined me?

And so, after a minimal amount of planning, we bought train tickets to the „Wild West“ of China! Heading for Kashgar on the Silk Road! The ultimate adventure for the country boy I was.

And off we went …

We planned a four-week trip. But at our destination we learned from other backpackers that there was one legal way to get into Tibet. I checked my finances: Could I afford extending my trip for another few weeks?

I have documented these trips to Xinjang and Tibet already. Therefore, I have linked these existing blogs in the overview table of contents.

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Wo man singt, da lass dich ruhig nieder.
Böse Menschen haben keine Lieder.

Nach einem Gedicht von J. G. Seume

So sagt man im Volksmund. Und deshalb habe ich für alle Sängerinnen und Sänger, von der Neckarquelle in Schwenningen bis hinunter ans Ende des Neckars in Mannheim, die in der Pandemiezeit das Musizieren noch nicht ganz aufgegeben haben, einen scherzhaften kleinen Kanon geschrieben:

MP3 und PDF

Hier könnt ihr euch den Kanon anhören und als PDF herunterladen.

Der Kanon

ist recht konventionell in der Melodieführung und Harmonik. Das heißt aber auch: leicht zu lernen und zu singen.

Der Text

beginnt mit faschem romantischem Pathos, endet aber ganz „down to earth“, wie die Mannheimer nun mal so sind.

Das Ganze

wurde mit MuseScore erstellt und unter einer Creative Commons-Lizenz (CC BY 4.0) frei verfügbar und darf gerne weiterverteilt und natürlich auch gesungen werden!

Aber warum?

Falsche Frage! Warum nicht?