Blogs from Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe - page 7


Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 26th 2006

I did a German test today. It was dumb. A bit of background is in order. I signed up and paid 90 Euros for taking this 'zertifikat Deutsch' test. What is this ZD test and why do I care to take it? Well, it's basically a test to show that I possess minimal German profficiency. How embarassing. All those years of studying the language and I am now trying to prove I can tell left from right and find my way out of a train station... I joked that if I pass this test I can get a job as a cleaning lady. So here is one example of why this test was no good. There is an audio component. A taped interview that we're supposed to listen to and then mark the answer sheet according ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 22nd 2006

Here in the computer lab there are 7 computers available for us to use between 9.30am and 5.30pm. The rule goes that each person can sign up (reserve) for 30 minutes per day, if you want to use it more, you have to go and use it when it is not reserved. So there's this dude. I'll call him Arnold, since he looks just as butt as our governor and talks in the same voice... Last week I noticed that computer #2 is extremely popular with the folks here, it is always reserved straight for like 3 hours in a row in the afternoons. Compared that with computer #5 or #6, which will have one or two reservations in the afternoon. Computer #2 is the preferred computer of many students. Hm. I wonder why. I came ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 21st 2006

In the school kitchen I always see the same faces. Asian faces, to be exact, because we're the ones who are too cheap (and too poor) to eat out. There is a guy from Japan who always eats pasta because it's the cheapest thing you can buy and eat around here, and he has a funny little sense of humor (regarding the pasta, and overall). The other day while we were eating it came about that we started to talk about what we did before we came to Germany. Turns out that Mr. eats spaghetti everyday back in Japan is a shoemaker. He hand makes shoes! I looked down at the shoes he was wearing and I asked him if he made them. Yup, he did. That is sooo cool. And what was even cooler for ... read more
Mr. Shuhmacher II
Mr. Shuhmacher's handmade shoes

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 14th 2006

nearly nothing to report. But there have been 2 personal records broken here: 1. On May 11 2006 .. two months and 11 days into my trip, it was the first day that I did not spend ANY money. I ate in my room the food I had cooked, and I didn't even spend money on internet. Not a cent! 2. On May 13 and May 14 2006 .. 11 hours of internet in 2 days. Almost as much as if I hadn't left home! These could be the excitements of the week, but hold on, there's more! As I was walking here to the internet today... I am walking across the street and eating one of my kinder candies, life is good, albeit a bit boring. I hear a faint "excuse me -- excuse me ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 10th 2006

Full of retirees, retirement homes, pollen, and not much of anything else. There's really not much to report; being a booooring town begets boring blog entries. I ate a couple of falafels (2.50 and 2.60 euros each), had a few kinder buenos (almost my favorite candy bar), and I spent two hours today walking to and returning from the grocery store. I made myself lunch with the food that I hauled home, and then I read up on German grammar. And of course I can find things to complain about, even if-when a town is boring. I am getting rather annoyed at the over-friendly attempts of some of the folks here to acknowledge me, in what they believe to be 'my native language'. Wtf, several times now I have been walking around, getting into a store, ... read more
View from the top of the Bad Godesberg Castle
Parking Sign
Where I live

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn May 9th 2006

Should I continue the (my) tradition of bad mouthing countries and towns that I am currently visiting? SURE. I have been here for 2 dazs and everz internet cafe has been a dive. Everything here is expensive, from the bus-tram-train tickets to the cellphone calls back home, to stupid key deposit that I had to pay for my room (50 euros!!) So now that I am in Bonn -- Bonn Bad Godesberg to be exact, I am finding it to be quite the quiet town. There seems to be not much to do other than sit in the park, walk in the park, sit at the biergardens, sit at the cafes... And these damn trees! They are very pretty with the pink and yellow flowers but they are shedding pollen like mad. Whatever they are, ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn April 23rd 2006

Well my spring break trip has come to an end! After my fast-paced (on a bicycle) time in Rotterdam I was ready to take it easy. And when I think of relaxation, I think of Germany....ok maybe not, but that's where I was headed, so I made do. I got to Cologne in the afternoon and had to take an inner-city train to the hotel. However, there didn't seem to be any place to buy tickets, so I just kinda hopped on the train. In fact, I never actually paid to use any public transport in Cologne. I don't know how they make money around here. The hotel was fine, in that old, faded glory and Monet prints above the bed kind of way. I was able to get some money, finally, that didn't require me ... read more
House 4711
A square in Bonn

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn March 12th 2001

Right after Manny's return from China we went to Bonn to celebrate Dalita and Michael's wedding.... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Bonn February 10th 2000

Geo: 50.7327, 7.09631We took the train to Bonn, Germany stopping in Koln for a bite.... read more
A bite in Koln
More train travel
Bonn Square

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