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Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg March 31st 2019

Es ist wieder eine Woche in Niedersachsen vorbei gegangen. Mittlerweile zähle ich sie ja nicht mehr. Aber diesmal war gleichzeitig der 6. Monat und das 2. Quartal bei meinem Kunden, bzw. Q1-2019 zu Ende. Am Sonntag habe ich erneut einen Ausflug gemacht und zwar zum Ringheiligtum Pömmelte, auf das ich durch ein Schild an der A14 aufmerksam gemacht worden bin. Ich habe diese Anlage problemlos gefunden und es gab auch einen ordentlichen Parkplatz. Das gesamte Ensemble ist ja schön restauriert. Auf Hinweisschildern wurde nicht nur auf Nebra und das Museum für Vorgeschichte in Halle, sondern auf zwei weitere Anlagen aufmerksam gemacht, die ich vielleicht auch noch besichtigen werde. Entlang von Elbe und Saale hat sich anscheinend vor 4000 Jahren oder mehr eine beachtliche Zivilisation entwickelt. Ich bin also im Ringheiligtum etwas herum gelaufen und auch auf ... read more
Ringheiligtum Pömmelte.
Ringheiligtum Pömmelte.
Ringheiligtum Pömmelte.

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg November 10th 2018

Am Samstag war ich in Magdeburg. Dort war ich ja schon in den 90ern und hatte auch 2011 ein Projekt. Diesmal habe ich in einem Parkhaus geparkt und bin zuerst zu einem Coffee Fellows zu einer Kaffeepause. Ein Starbucks gibt es bisher nicht in der Stadt. Daran erkannt man vielleicht auch die geringere Kaufkraft im Vergleich zu Städten in der Schweiz, die ich im Sommer besucht habe. Danach bin ich am Kunstmuseum im Kloster unserer lieben Frau vorbei. Für einen Besuch hatte ich keine Lust. Von dort bin ich über den Domplatz zum alten Dom. Der wurde aber gerade wegen einem Konzert geschlossen. Schließlich bin ich am Hundertwasserhaus vorbei zurück zum Einkaufszentrum, wo ich mein Auto abgestellt hatte. Damit bin ich zurück nach Niedersachsen gefahren.... read more
Kloster unser lieben Frauen.
Hundertwasserhaus.
Stalinistische Architektur.

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg July 1st 2009

Alles klar, I'm finally back. Just a few interesting, day-to-day revalations to report, so I won't divide up the entry in any specific way. I must say, I'm in disbelief as to how misguided most people (Americans, that is) are about what "speaking a language" actually entails. Although my German will be quite good when I leave, I can't help but feel like a phony when I say: "I speak German." At this point, I can hold a conversation about any topic and understand what the native German is saying almost fluently, but I can't get over the feeling of not having a personality in my 2nd language. For example, depending on the day, lunch at the cafeteria is either my favorite or least favorite party of the day. Don't get me wrong; the party is ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg June 11th 2009

I deleted some of the more "sensitive" information from my entries. I (finally) signed my contract with the government, and my director said that I need to be careful about what I tell friends and family. Not that I published anything particularly sensitive, but I would rather not chance it. This blog is public, after all. That said, I still plan on "talking politics." I just can't talk about what I hear in the Committee meetings. As I only sit in on Committee meetings once per week, I still have plenty to talk about. Bis später! Christine ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg June 10th 2009

Whew, keeping updated is difficult. By the time I leave work around 4pm, find something to do for an hour or two around town and make dinner, all I want to do is take a short walk and read. Funny how something so simple, i.e. this travel blog, can be so exhausting. I say this frequently, but where to begin? I'll start with... Politik (Politics): What more can I say about my internship? I love everything about it. I learn something new every day, as I am rarely just sitting in my office. Even when I am sitting in my office, they give me small (and big) research projects that interest me. Currently, I am working on a project, in which I compare Frauenrechte (women's rights) in the United States and Germany. The comparison is nothing ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg June 10th 2009

Whew, keeping updated is difficult. By the time I leave work around 4pm, find something to do for an hour or two around town and make dinner, all I want to do is take a short walk and read. Funny how something so simple, i.e. this travel blog, can be so exhausting. I say this frequently, but where to begin? I'll start with... Politik (Politics): What more can I say about my internship? I love everything about it. I learn something new every day, as I am rarely just sitting in my office. Even when I am sitting in my office, they give me small (and big) research projects that interest me. Currently, I am working on a project, in which I compare Frauenrechte (women's rights) in the United States and Germany. The comparison is nothing ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg June 4th 2009

So, have a difficult time getting motivated to write in this journal -- which is likely because so much happens to me every day. In order to organize my thoughts, and so as to accomodate those who might be disinterested in certain portions of my experience, i.e. I won't hate you for not wanting to hear about the ancient ritual of German handshaking, I'm going to divide each entry into themes. Kultur (Culture): This is not necessarily related to culure, but it's a segue into what I'm about to say: Magdeburg is cold during the summer! I asked my director, Herr Joseph, how hot it gets in the summer, and his reply was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The good thing is, I actually enjoy cold weather, but I'm a little sad about missing the clothing that ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg May 30th 2009

I'm finally back and ready to start "blogging" for real. I finished -- or at least am in the editing stages of -- my human rights paper and now have time to focus on my Fullbright application, reading German newspapers, acquiring German friends and...updating this blog, of course! Where do I begin? So much happened since I lasted updated. First, my internship is wonderful, and my directors are still more accomodating than necessary. They let me pick what I want to do every day -- by implication, I choose to tag along with representatives to small German village almost every day. My travel bug gets the best of me every time! On Monday, I accompanied Frau Bull to Stendal, a medium-sized village in northern Sachsen-Anhalt, where we met with two women's rights NGOs and one NGO ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg May 25th 2009

First off, I can't believe that I've been here for 9 days already. I still feel like I'm trying to find my way in the (little) city that is Magdeburg! In any case, as most of you know by now (or, at the very least, have figured out), I found a room! I live in the heart of the city -- right next to Hasselbachplatz and only a few blocks away from where I work. The apartment is absolutely perfect, decently inexpensive and in a beautiful location. As of right now, the only 'downer' is that my roommates are a little boring. Ach so, when I'm done with my human rights paper, I plan on forcing them to go out for a beer with me. One of my Mitbewohneren (roommates), Alex, studies European Studies and seems ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Magdeburg May 17th 2009

So, the apartment fell though. Here’s the story. I left for my 11am appointment at 9:45am, so as not to be late. I waited for the bus for 1.5 hours; it is extremely unreliable on Sundays. Then, nobody knew how to get to Walter-Rathenau-Strasse, so it took an additional hour on top of that to find the building. Long story short: I was ridiculously late for the appointment. I rang the doorbell anyway, and the student let me in. He was not pleased with my tardiness. Turns out, only students can rent the apartment. Not only do I not have an apartment, but I wasted 3 hours of the day trying to find it. This deserves a resounding, “FML.” Immediately afterward, while I was feeling bad for myself, I went back to the internet café, emailed ... read more




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