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Europe » Germany » Hamburg » Hamburg July 1st 2014

This post should be subtitled "The Struggle To Stay Awake". You see there are two ways I can deal with not getting jet lag. The first (which was my plan) was to get on the plane, change all of my devices to read CEST, sleep as much as possible on the plane, and then it would be whatever time it was when we got off the plane. That has worked for me in the past. But, for some reason, I couldn't sleep on this plane, so instead I just had a very long day, where I was awake from 7:30 AM (PDT) June 30th until just after midnight (CEST) July 2nd. I'm writing this at 8:30 AM (CEST) July 2nd, and I feel rested, refreshed, it really does seem like morning, so I would say the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2014

There’s nothing like a day where American culture and German culture blend together. Once a week about 15 German’s and 1 American get together and play basketball. I look forward to this one day because it reminds me of home. The Germans’ play a little bit different, similar to the Spurs. The like to slow the ball down and play a half court game. I on the other hand, like to play a game a little bit more fast pace and full court. It was something they weren’t use to and it was coming from a women on the court. That part was the best. So far I’m undefeated on the court and to come up with different strategies to beat my team. It’s not going to work. During the basketball game traditions are slightly different. ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin June 30th 2014

On the bus from Berlin to Krakow June 30 2014 8pm So if your friend, Marion, buys you a famous Berlin currywurst you are not supposed to spill curry sauce all over her foot! Oh dear I was on form there and strictly sober so no excuse there either. It was a lovely day when we met Marion and her boyfriend Rene under the 'world clock' in Alexanderplatz. After the unfortunate incident above Marion was still happy to treat us to a boat cruise on the river. It was very civilised with drinks all round. Jane tried the beer with strawberry syrup and all sensibly refrained from the beer and coke (50:50?) on offer. Marion seemed well settled in the city. With so much going on and it all so easy to get to it is ... read more
Gone to the Wall
Fantastic hospitality at Peter and Anna's
The Epicentre of German democracy?

Europe » Germany June 30th 2014

This weekend we spent time with our host families. We all did different things like hiking or rafting. On Friday, we all went on a tour of Munich while our host partners were in school. We learned about the history of the town and medieval life. Munich used to be very small and it grew out of the crossing of two trade routes. We found it was interesting that after the bombings in WWII, the Münchens rebuilt the Saint Peters Church first. We also visited the famous market called Vicktualienmarkt that sells fresh produce, meat and other German goods. This market is very traditional, they have strict rules like no plastic or food to go. We also learned a lot about beer, but of course we did not have any. Our tour guide also managed to ... read more
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Europe » Germany June 30th 2014

On Saturday night we went to the Johannesfeier. It started at around 9:15 (or 21:15 if you want to get real German with it) and consisted of a huge bonfire in the center of a clearing on the school grounds. It represents the summer solstice and was funded by the nearby catholic church. There was no rope or barrier to stop people from approaching the fire which we thought was very odd, yet the random germans who were lighting their cigarettes on it seemed to get a kick out of it. When the fire really started to burn it would get so hot that many regretted wearing the long jeans that were previously appropriate in the chilly evening weather. There was a large piece band in one corner that played traditional sounding music which was a ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin June 30th 2014

Maybe you recall that a little more than three months ago I submitted my PhD manuscript. For becoming Dr Katha, however, there were two more steps to be taken: defending my PhD and publishing the manuscript. My defence was on the 27th of June in Berlin. You might also recall that I am based in Singapore at the moment, so there was some planning involved for me to make sure everything would work out fine. I left for Germany in the early morning of the 25th and arrived in Hamburg on the afternoon of that day. A wonderful surprise was awaiting me at the airport: my colleagues Anja and Richard were there to welcome me and had brought a sunflower for me – one of my favourite flowers! It was great to see them and of ... read more
Karl-May-Festspiele I
Karl-May-Festspiele II
Karl-May-Festspiele III

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich June 30th 2014

October 12 2008 Tastykakes are running low STOP We do not know how long we can last at our current blood sugar levels STOP Send help STOP How long can a human survive on pretzels, salt and butter STOP We are so thirsty because they only drink beer STOP What is saft STOP The schools are small STOP On land the supermarkets are larger than this holding cell they call school STOP We transferred ships by a Lufthansa flight STOP The ship is going down and we lost twelve crew thus far STOP Farewell STOP #questions? Captain Arnold First Mate Maola Deckscrub Pallmeyer... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin June 30th 2014

Berlin was such a fun city, today my goal was to cover 2000 years of German history at the German History Museum and I did. It was simply fascinating all the artifacts they had there. So far, this had been my favourite museum, really big as well. There was even a wall of Pickelhauben! Germany verse Algeria was intense, no scores till over 90 minutes into the game, it was rediculous when the Germans scored that first goal even with the on and off rain. I was surprised with all the police at the event that this man, who dressed up like Hitler (picture attached) ran around with guys and a camera arresting fans for not wearing German jersies. It was funny, they took the fan of the match, who had to compete for the role ... read more
very large, beautiful from outside
berliner dom
berliner dom on the water

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich June 30th 2014

Off to Munich, first leaving Sunny off at the train station in Nuremburg. This was the beginning of the circus. Sunny was to travel from Nuremburg to Frankfurt to Brussels. We were told to wait for someone to help us but help wasn’t arriving. Someone else came along and led the way to the platform which we could have negotiated without help. Then the train was going to be 40 min late and she was going to miss her connection in Frankfurt. We made it down to the information desk, which by now was packed. We were told that there were strikes so she would need to take the late train to Frankfurt, transfer to Koln then take a bus to Brussels. They could not give us an ETA. Turns out the strikes were in Belgium. ... read more
Bavarian Meatloaf with Fried Egg
Lung Soup with Bread Dumplings




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