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Snapshot - The pensioner

We asked Nikolaus Netzhammer to answer a set of questions about his favorite food, pastimes and routines.

Nikolaus Netzhammer

Name: Nikolaus Netzhammer

Age: 71

Place of Birth: Erzingen/Baden (Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Family Status: Married

Children? No

Job: Latin and history teacher/ director of a private school

Education: University degree/ teacher training

How do I start my day?
A leisurely breakfast with my wife and the newspaper

What's typically German?
The fact that life follows a functional pattern, which the majority of people accept and adhere to

What's typical of me?
I have a lot of stamina when it comes to pursuing my goals

My biggest strength is: giving up smoking

My biggest weakness is: trying to do too much at once

What do I do in my spare time?
Historical research, walking and traveling

My favorite food: Ham salad

What music do I listen to?
Classical: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner

What would I like more time for?
Working and rambling

How do I feel about the future?
I know my time is running out and that's a calming thought

My philosophy is...
live in the here and now

Author: Marina Borisowa (jp)
Editor: Rina Goldenberg