2019/08/04 Verpflichtungserklärung and Alfredo's departure
You must have realized I stopped writing about the hikes on this page some time ago, mainly because my hiking page took over this role at the beginning of this year and it made no sense for me to report the same thing here. So now I stop copying the title and use it as my personal diary, which used to be the case before. I don't understand how my personal scribbling could possibly be interesting to anyone, but this text will continue being publicly available.
If you know me personally, you might know that I cycled from France to Japan a few years ago. And if you know me very well, you might also know that I was stuck in Iran for a few months during this travel, where I stayed with one Iranian family most of the time. And whether you know me well or not, you certainly don't know that we're still in close contact since then. Since my visit at that time, I was thinking about inviting someone from the family to Europe, although the plan somewhat turned realistic only after I visited them at the end of the year 2018. The problem at that time was that my visa had already expired, which made me an illegal immigrant. The great thing is of course as you can see in a recent post, I continued being illegal for 8 months following the expiration. You don't have to be a drug dealer or live under a bridge to be an illegal immigrant. You can very well be a doctor in theoretical physics and entitled to the honorable illegal immigrant status, although the significant difference is probably that I was proudly being so.