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Two Americans, One Hookah and the Lack of Time

  1. Only cool people fly from the USA to Germany for one weekend.
  2. It’s even cooler if they only do it because they want to write an exam here.
  3. Wales has a national football team, Bavaria does not.
  4. The tin foil in a Hookah must not touch the tobacco.
  5. There are mint flavored Hookahs.
  6. The first subway from StuSta leaves at 04:18.
  7. The Allianz Arena is lit up at that time.
  8. There are in fact people who are willing to come to the Volksfest in Freising.
  9. Americans speak better English than I do.
  10. Foreigners are not allowed to teach children under eight years in Taiwan.
  11. 05:16 is either very late or very early.

Photo Marathon

A friend wants to see all my images. There are about 8.000 in my flickr account. Right now we’re on page 363 of 444. We should be done in about an hour… or two… or more…

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](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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