Born in Freiburg, West Germany, with two birth certificates: German and Czechoslovak. The latter as a result of my mother’s emigrant background. The Czech thing got strengthened during 18 months of volunteer service in Brno. Later, the awkward idea appeared that once I will make money out of my interest for Central and Eastern European. In consequence, I studied Eastern European Studies at Berlin Free University. I am 27 now and still a student.