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Golden Shield

I just told a Chinese friend that I started blogging but she couldn’t open the page. Google found out why. Wordpress.com, where this blog is hosted, is blocked in China what might become a problem when studying there…

Max Emanuel

With Max Emanuel, located near the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, I got to know another beer garden today. Unfortunately, it wasn’t warm enough to sit outside. The interior is nice as well, but hm, it’s not a beer garden so I’ll definitely return in summer 2009.

Silence

I’m almost the only one not studying abroad (yet) or doing an internship there but I’m the only one keeping the others posted about what’s going on, or at least I’m trying to. And what’s coming back? Some news from Stockholm and Cambridge, hardly any from Gran Canaria and none from the States.

Bad day

A burglar stole things from a friend, I got the results of an exam that were not as desired, what’s coming next?

First intermediate exams

Today is the first day of intermediate exams for the freshmen. They have to pass five exams now, starting with Technical Electricity, and another six next year.

Good luck to all of you!

Laptops

I can’t take my desktop computer to Shanghai so I have to look for a laptop. I’d like to get a ThinkPad but couldn’t figure out yet how to customize a model instead of just buying one. It works on the US site, why not on the German one?

And why do I have to spend money on Windows Vista?? I’m very happy with my Ubuntu Linux and even if I’d want to use Windows (what I don’t) I could get a free and legal copy from my university. Praise Dell that offers computers with Ubuntu.

I’m also thinking about getting a cheap laptop from a discounter which I’d use at home where size, weight and battery life won’t matter and try to find a small used ThinkPad at eBay. But then I can just as well get another desktop computer in China… Anyone competent around?

Singapore Flyer

Another reason for a detour to Singapore:

And it’ll open just in time.

Good old times

When talking about English and French my grandma, born 1921, said she can’t imagine speaking foreign languages having never had the chance to learn at least one. After seven years of elementary school (“Volksschule”) where she had been doing a good job, her parents didn’t have the money to buy school books. So she couldn’t attend high school but started to train as a taylor. She said she always got angry when she heard someone talking about “the good old times”. From her point of view there wasn’t anything like that.

Gran Canaria

A friend doing an internship in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria showed me her neighbourhood on Google Maps. She lives directly between a long beach and the harbor. If only we could swap…

Lego for the cognitive factory

I just returned from an experiment where I got paid for playing with LEGO Technic. Kind of reminded me of how I spent huge parts of my early christmas holidays… However, the thing today had a serious background: A psychology student wants to find the best way of presenting information to untrained workers. That’ll help to enhance the cognitive factory, another project of the CoTeSys cluster of excellence.

Last Blade Night 2007

End of the Bladenight season for this year. Doesn’t seem like there’s anything similar in Shanghai.

MusikSommer 2007

Today the MusikSommer 2007 ended with a great concert of the Sinfonietta, the symphony orchestra of TU München. The Russian evening (“Bajuschki baju”), featuring vocalists as well as a dance group, took place at the Theatron in the great ambience of the Olympiapark.

Sinfonietta at the Theatron
Sinfonietta plays Stroganoff

I regret I didn’t know about the MusikSommer before, there would have been more interesting events. I have to mark it on my calendar for 2009…. Done.

IKEA

I was kind of surprised when I discovered several IKEA tables in a corridor at the university:

IKEA tables
IKEA tables

Freshmen plans

After one and a half hours of discussing whether it’s possible to do something tomorrow evening we finally agreed to meet at the library. After it closes at 20:00 h we have at most two hours until they need to continue studying. I think that’ll suffice for a warm meal. Don’t know if another friend will come along. They said she resolved to learn eleven hours tomorrow.

Freshmen

The intermediate exams in engineering are tough, no question, but that doesn’t mean you have to learn 24/7. This year’s freshmen are overdoing it a little bit. How could we succeed without brooding over our books all day long? Didn’t we manage to have at least some evenings were we sat together talking?

Streets of Berlin

Before going north I assumed there wouldn’t be any fast people. Though I never had a problem with changing trains I often couldn’t cross four-lane streets at once because the green phases of the traffic lights were just sufficient to reach the traffic island in the middle of the road.

And at first it was hard to find the youth hostel because the house numbers aren’t counted the same way as in the rest of Germany where the odd numbers are on one side of the road and the even ones on the other. In Berlin they start on one end and then count up on one side turn around and continue on the other one. So numbers 9 and 34 may stand vis-à-vis.

Hardenbergstraße

Berlin

Berlin is about to replace Paris as my favorite city. Never thought that could ever happen. The last time I’ve been there was so determined by culture, museums, sights that the city itself was forced to the background. But it’s such an amazing place.

Hardenbergstraße

View at Bahnhof Zoo and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Reichstagsufer

The Spree with the Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament.

Plane and train

In order to attend the Raumfahrer.net Meeting 2007 I am going to fly to Berlin tomorrow. The flight (500 km) will last 75 minutes, the train ride to the city (20 km) between 35 and 50 minutes.

By the way: The homepage of Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg, the local public transportation network, lets you chose how you would like to change trains: normally, comfortably or slowly.

Umsteigen

Aren’t there any fast people in the north? Or is it just a question of how you define “normally”?

Friend detail request

Friend detail request

Emmm… No.

Well, ok, the second line’s true.

Not yet arranged

I called Tongji University yesterday to ask them when the spring semester 2008 will start. They didn’t know, told me “the schedule is not yet aranged” and I should try again in november. The whole thing seems to depend on the Chinese Spring Festival whose date is well-known. I suppose it’s one of these intercultural challgenges we have to cope. ;-)

Just to show the difference to Germany: The winter semester 2008/2009 at TU München will be from October 13, 2008 until February 2, 2009.