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“Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.”


I think there is probably no better way to express what life is like. Last year the bear ate me. Due to some severe health problems I had to fight a lot – also with myself. In addition, I was forced to postpone my long planned photographic project, which was niggling me even more.

These days I remembered what an old acquaintance often used to say: “There’s no advantage without a disadvantage!” I’m not sure if this phrase always holds its truth, but in this special case I would like to turn the tables and try to focus on the advantages this difficult situation has brought about. I will have more to say about this in another post.

What is most important, though, is that I was able to figure out a new beginning and I hopefully can start the project and the journey very soon. Better late than never…

So let’s see if in 2017 I will be able to eat the bear. 🙂


  1. Christian says

    “…sometimes the bear eats you” reminds me of the italian saying “in bocca al lupo” (in the mouth of the wolf). it means “good luck!” or in german “Hals- und Beinbruch!” You should never answer to this slogan “grazie!” but “crepi” – (die!) 😉 the wolf/the bear shall perish in case it gets you and tries to chew you 😉

    in bocca al lupo! good luck for second attempt!

    • Peter says

      Hi Christian,

      thanks… and wow, you live and learn!

      What about important things to know about Greece and greek phrases? I will only be for two days in Italy and I wonder if I will meet the bear there 😉


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