getting ready to flood the gates.
ps: the bear in the previous post is in front of the “oldest brewery in the world”
So I need to catch you up on the past couple days. I’ve been a bad host, and I am terribly sorry. Let’s move on. Here we go:
I arrived in Munich really, really, really early on Sunday morning. I was so strange walking into the airport knowing that the local time was only 8AM when my body felt like it was 2AM… The concept of time zones is still amazing to me, the fact that a new day is just beginning someplace a couple hundred miles away is fascinating. I won’t go into that though. I’ll save it for a good talk.
My “Big Boss” Markus picked me up from the airport, and drove me throughout Freising for a little bit. Unfortunately, the day I came in and the next day (Monday) where national holidays… That means NO ONE WAS AROUND. We were driving through downtown streets, and I was expecting it would be littered with people all over the city enjoying family time in the beautiful Bavarian outdoors. I was wrong. Dead wrong. It probably had something to do with the culture/customs, or maybe it was the holiday? Or could have been the fact that it was 8:30 in the morning… Regardless, I was stumped.
After the drive around town, Markus dropped me off at my dorm with some goodies. As in the VERY basic essentials to sustain college life: Bread. Cheese. Orange Juice. and Eggs. He explained to me that none of the grocery stores where open because of the holiday. Apparently the church wields a lot of power over here. I didn’t think the Germans could do something like this to me. Making me only eat these four things. I quickly got over my (inward) hissy-fit, and proceeded to do something that seemed much more important at that time.
it never felt so good.
I woke up around 5PM, surprised that I could possibly start living the life my past roommates did: nocturnal. I rose with a new skip in my step and started trying to get my internets to work. Took a while. A long while. Actually, I ended up banging on doors to find someone to help me with this conundrum. Then again it struck me. No one is here. It’s a holiday. People are with their families & loved ones, etc. Not the door closest to me though.
It was a little Chinese girl who couldn’t speak one word of English. And there I was: not able to speak a word of German. or Chinese. or any of the other languages she probably knew how to speak. (I am the quintessential, stupid American in this skit). I was surprised how much she actually helped! It took a while, running back n forth between our rooms. There was a lot of pointing at our respective English to German dictionaries too. Seemed like a bad comedy skit off of Frasier or something.
I got it to work. Correction: SHE got it to work. Thanks (insert girls name I can’t pronounce because there are too many x’s and I don’t know what to do with them)!
I went on a walk around the University for a long while. Took some pictures, not many good ones though. Those will come soon. It is absolutely beautiful here. The weather is SO nice, the buildings are BEAUTIFUL, and the city layout is AMAZING. I can go on forever about that too. I probably will soon enough. Sounds like a good post to me!
I walked around town late that night, and saw some pretty good sites. There is one that overlooks part of the city with the airport not too far away (so you can watch planes take off) with the Alps in the farrrr distance. I’ve been there everynight since.
The next day, Monday was overall a much better day. I got to meet some people that live in my dorm and hung out with them at the student bar at the top of the building. It makes communist-style dorm more livable! This brought me to a conclusion for my own campus. My solution to Tate 2: put a student bar in there. People will love it.
I will catch up more tomorrow. Promise.
over and out.
Got into Germany today around 8:00A today. For the record, I DID infact get the window seat (SCORE). I am very tired. I got a little bit of sleep on the plane, but not much. I took a long walk today around Freising, and I’ll upload some pictures tomorrow. I’ll also update you with more of my adventures tomorrow too. over and out
Got into Germany today around 8:00A today. For the record, I DID infact get the window seat (SCORE). I am very tired. I got a little bit of sleep on the plane, but not much. I took a long walk today around Freising, and I’ll upload some pictures tomorrow. I’ll also update you with more of my adventures tomorrow too.
over and out
Today is the day. I will be leaving for Germany at 4:20P, and I won’t arrive in Munich till 7:30A tomorrow morning (so 1:30A US Eastern). I am excited, I am anxious, and I have no clue (once again) exactly what I will be doing this summer. I am working with a PhD student in Freising at the Technische Universität München, and I will be helping her complete her thesis on “the effects of milk performance in dairy farming on economy (profit, working hours), greenhouse gas emissions, resource requirements, as well as the milk and beef production, respectively.” So she says. I was a bit confused at first, thinking that my summer would consist of my “counting shits & farts” from cows (thanks Nick). But after talking to my “bosses” it seems much more than that. Its basically an LCA & economic decision model to maximize output and profit while still being aware of the environmental problems that occur throughout the system. Pretty cool, eh?
I’ll be gettin back to the States on the 30th of July. Pretty long time away from home. And family. And Athens. And friends. Stay in touch peeps. I’ll miss ya.
I’ll be updating this (a lot, hopefully) to keep myself and all those reading aware of my travels and thoughts.
I’ll also be updating this: http://picasaweb.google.com/tykwondo
It’s a site full of my pictures! You get to see what I see!
I’ve also got a skype: tykwondo
holla atcha boi.
over and out.