Despite the bad sore throat and struggling the consequences of chronic lack of sleep, I went to German Embassy (Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bischkek) today in the morning. The Embassy is located on the intersection of streets Moskovskaya and Razakova, right next to the fancy-schmancy cafe Navigator and high newly built buildings with amazingly expensive apartments.
I was to have an interview at the Embassy at 10 am. I had to leave home late, but due to the light traffic, I could make it on time knocking at the Embassy’s doors at 9:55. The interview was a part of a competetion for the program of the German Federal Foreign Office called “Blogger tour” – a 10-day trip for bloggers/citizen journalists to Berlin aimed at enabling them “to independently discover some aspects of German society while also providing an interesting programme and promoting the exchange of ideas through regular meetings.” Sounds interesting, huh?
I was met by Thomas Arndt, a young cheerful Culture and Communication attaché, who invited me to his big and bright office. We had a long talk about my blogging background, citizen media projects I worked for, the role of citizen media in Central Asia, and of course about Germany and what I like most about it. As Thomas said the German government is doing such programme for the first time, and therefore, it was also interesting for him to be part of it – select a blogger (or even two) from Kyrgyzstan to participate in the programme. The interview went interesting. I was told that they would inform me about the final decision withing couple of weeks (there is another blogger in the competition). So lets keep fingers both crossed and crescented for my success🙂
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised to know that the German government is trying to communicate with the blogging community of the world. It is a wise step of Germans, I believe, as citizen journalism is becoming amazingly popular lately; and many citizen bloggers have already become opinion leaders in Internet in different parts of the world. Well, it yet again proves the globally accepted fact that Germany is always several steps ahead comparing to other countries in creating and mastering new technologies.