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Hey, I'm Beate!
Mallorca, Spanien · Member since February 2012

Hallo, Ich bin Beate!
Hi, I am Beate!

Der erste Teil ist in Deutsch!

The SECOND Part is written in English!

Ich bin Ex-Fernseh -und Radiojournalistin und Reporterin, aber auch Publizistin einiger Buecher. Die "Welt" habe ich bereist - leidenschaftlich und neugierig bin und war ich auf Menschen und ihre Lebensumstaende und Kultur! Besonders angezogen hat mich Afrika, aber auch Lateinamerika, China....Ueber meine Erlebnisse schreiben -DAS war meine Passion. Oft genug habe ich Reportagen ueber Kriege gemacht und versucht, in meinen Berichten klarzumachen, wie sinnlos sie sind.

Seit ueber 20 Jahren lebe ich nun auf Mallorca - aber mit Unterbrechung: Noch 2 Jahre Washington und 5 Jahre London!

Heute bin ich Rentnerin (kann's kaum fassen!), aber kein bisschen eine Schaukelstuhl-Omi! Noch immer aktiv: Ich schreibe an einem neuen Buch, verfasse Kommentare fuer die deutsche Wochenzeitung hier auf Mallorca, schreibe einen BLOG fuer diese Zeitung, arbeite in meinem Garten (mit viel Lust und Laune), male und lese und pflege meine Freundschaften.

UND: Was ich sehr, sehr gerne tue: Gastgeberin sein. Das tue ich mit meinen Gaesten von airbnb und geniesse es, den verschiedensten Menschen ein Ferien-Zuhause zu geben.

Hi, I am Beate-german nationality. I grew up on the german-french border with grand parents from Alsace-Lorraine. So I was exposed to both, german and french culture! And learned French of course! Wonderful to grow up with TWO cultures. It prepares you well for the rest of your life.

I have lived in Washington, London, Lisboa and now for the last 20 years in Mallorca, a lovely island in the mediterranean sea.

Its rather difficult to write about my life. Why?

There is so much to tell: I am an ex-television and radio reporter - have travelled the world - especially Africa (nearly all countries, Latin America and China...making reportages and documentaries and writing books about my experiences.For some years I have worked as a war reporter in Africa:

...Oh yes: when writing these lines...it feels like somebody else's LIFE... Seen wars and horrible misery BUT also people's immense courage and dignity!

When I arrived in Mallorca, 20 years ago, I started teaching German and English in a local school, great possibility to find out WHAT makes the majorcan youngsters "tick"!!

Wrote books, have started painting years ago .....

Now I am retired and you know what: I love it. I lead a peaceful, very quiet life with my friends and the daily looking onto the surrounding magic NATURE of the tramuntana mountains...which doesn't mean that I am NOT active. I am: dreadfully so! SMILE!!!

I am writing a new book, regularly write for a BLOG of the local german language newspaper, also political comments, I love working in the garden and am totally integrated into spanish life here in this tiny mountain village.

And although I am now RETIRED--------- I thought it would be a lovely idea to have people around me. That's why I have joined "airbnb".

That's it, won't go any further although I have enough tales to tell to fill days and nights.....but!

All there is to say: I am a real and passionate cosmopolitan with all the tolerance towards people from other countries, creeds and culture. You do learn THAT when you are travelling so much.
I speak German (being of german nationality), English, Spanish and French fluently.

You did read until HERE: well done, you have a lot of patience! Saludos de Mallorca, Beate.

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