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Small changes and changes of direction
Patrick Lynen wrote “If I had known this before…” an intelligent life guide that accompanies you in its pleasant, unobtrusive way for a long time and encourages you to try small changes and changes of direction.
Much folk psychology and philosophy of life, a good deal of life experience and the ability to write well. Everything fits this wise guide for all situations.
Living relaxed can be so easy
On the one hand loose Parlando, on the other hand really many good suggestions. You can tell the author that he has experienced a lot and consciously. Thus, after all the different stations - from the temporary help at McDonalds to the speaker at the media academy of ARD and ZDF - he can draw on the full.
"If I had known this earlier" is a book in which the author sometimes wonders how easy it is to live relaxed - if you know and know only a few little things.
Life coaching in 111 chapters
What “if I had known this before” differentiates it from other guides is, on the one hand, the range of topics and, on the other hand, the style.
Patrick Lynen glides effortlessly from such difficult topics as dealing with anxiety to practical tips for the successful communication and the appearance in the job.
A song by Celine Dion
Never instructive, never forced to be humorous, but always with the sovereign tone that he obviously "worked out" in his many years of radio.
Another difference is that the man has really got around well and should be one of the very few guidebooks who can just imagine how it was when Celine Dion sang a song at her hotelsuite in London.
Just fold up and think
It is not a book that you have to durchackern from beginning to end. Rather one of the kind that you should leave for a year nearby and keep rummaging in it.
Sometimes Patrick Lynen asks clever questions, sometimes he gives practical tips and sometimes he also poses interesting tasks - all very well suited to looking at yourself and life around you from a different angle. A lot of good food for thought. The book is ideal for initiating small changes in direction, which in the end will bring completely new travel destinations into focus. This is also very practical: Various travel guides help you choose the right destination - for example, the 111 Places series from Emons Verlag. I have tested three of them for touring suitability.
111 places to be seen sounded promising. I was hoping for an overview of exciting and particularly beautiful places in the region and therefore tested three copies: the guide to the Bergisches Land, the Ruhr area and the Lower Rhine.
The volume on the Bergisches Land comes from the Cologne-based author duo Ralf Koss and Stefanie Kuhne. They collect curiosities from a mini bunker to the witch pond from Homburg Castle to a pub where the composer Engelbert Humperdinck tried his works on the piano.
global political events
The volume on the Lower Rhine by Peter Eickhoff gathers everything from world politics to history: for example, a boatman's pub, in which a love affair began that shook the whole of Europe. Or even very banal: For example the Rhine promenade in Emmerich. Or the remains of the Prussian state in Wesel.
There is even a second volume of the Ruhrgebiet volume by the Cologne author Fabian Pasalk, although I only have the first part. For example, this is a real voodoo altar. A hospital for pigeons. Or an eco-garden facility.
Nice to read
Overall, the books in this series are easy to read and contain all sorts of exciting and funny stories. For weekend tours, you can only use them to a limited extent, despite the fact that you are given a keyword:
Although the stories read curiously, the actual sight-seeing goal is often only modest and a little boring. Because it may be a matter of taste, but an Indian tent or a classic car collection doesn't really get me off my stool.
More practical tips
Rather, I would have liked tips on as yet undiscovered natural sites, such as those found in the Niderrhein band, which equates the Krickenbeck lakes northeast of Kaldenkirchen somewhat euphemistically with Finland, or practical tips such as Chicken Ewald in the Bergisches Land.
The best thing I found was the practical information, which unfortunately only makes up a small part of the book. This series is nice to read, but is difficult to use for tours.
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