Sunday, August 23, 2009

catch up

Warning: This might or might not become a longer one. Long post!

Let's start with Monday.
On Monday there was nothing remarkable except the fact that I worked late.
Means, I had a customer on the phone who was not done by 10 pm.
Since I am nice (and there are rules) I stayed on the phone with him until the problem was solved.
I was driving so this was no big issue. My Mom hates to wait when she picks me up.
One time she had to wait like 40 minutes and was SO NOT happy with that.
Well, back to Monday.
I hurried to the car and went to the branch of my Moms bank which I know.
There are more but I don't know where they are.
I had to get an account statement which shows that I paid the university fee for next semester.
I expected my pay for Saturday but the fee was supposed to be transferred Friday at the latest, so I asked her to do it for me.
Of course I paid her back but now I had to get her account statement from her bank.
So, I arrive at the bank just to see a sign "out of order".
Not good.
I asked my Mom to find out if there is a branch near the airport, just in case something goes wrong.
So I was more than happy to get home that night and find a note which said that she found a branch "near" the airport.
I went to bed and had a hard time falling asleep.
Very bad since I had to get up at 3 am.
We had to leave at 3:30 am to be at the airport for the 5am check-in.
We planned on having breakfast there while waiting for boarding-time.
So we got there in time, but unfortunately without finding the branch of the bank before.
I checked-in , we tried to figure out the way to the bank and then we went outside, grabbed a taxi and off we went.
The driver knew where the bank is and got us there and back to the airport just in time for the boarding.
So I kissed the idea of a nice breakfast with my Mom good-bye and went through security.
I then got me an insanely overpriced coffee and ate the cookies that where in my bag.
The flight went smooth but was way to short in my opinion.
After a happy reunion with my suitcase in Cologne I bought a ticket for the shuttle bus and went to new town.
There I ran around for a while to find a copy shop which I had looked up before.
Of course I didn't find it.
So I locked in my stuff at the central station and went on the train to the place where the part of my new university is that also has the administration office.
The school is spread over 3 cities and has only 1 administration part.
So I went there to see where I would have to go to enroll the next day and to meet some fellow students that might become my roommates.
We are thinking about sharing an apartment and since we were in town at the same time we figured it would be a good idea to meet.
Initially we met on studiVz which is kind of a German version of facebook.
I do prefer facebook though.
We ended up being only 3 persons: a future fellow student, his buddy that already is a student at new town University and me.
The buddy was able to give us a little insight into student life in new town.
After eating at our university canteen (*yuck*, I hope the canteen at our part of the school is better) we went back to new town city and hung out at a beer garden right next to the river Rhine.
A really nice afternoon.
At around 7 pm the guys brought me back to the central station from where I took a bus to the youth hostel.
I booked a single room this was a really smart decision I think.
I had my privacy and quiet and full power over the bathroom and the shower in there.
So after checking in I went straight into the shower.
Afterward I had a pizza for dinner.
The hostel has a bistro thing there, and the food was good but pricey.
I looked up again the copy shop again and found another one.
Yes the hostel has internet, another plus.
There is only one terminal besides wlan which is a minus. :)
I went to bed at 9:30 pm and slept til 7.
Just what I needed after the short night and the full day.
Breakfast at the hostel was ok, it was funny to watch the people and their behavior while eating.
Then I went back to the central station, and to the copy shop which I did find this time.
Then I got me a smoothie (good but nothing compared to Jamba Juice), went back to the station and to the school from there.
I took my luggage with me.
The original plan was to lock the luggage at the station, take the train to school, enroll and then come back, get the luggage and take the shuttle bus again.
But the buddy told me that there is a better, faster and cheaper way to the airport.
So I happily followed his advise and was back at the airport around noon.
The enrolling went smooth, all the papers were ok and I didn't have to wait at all.
The lady there told me there were over 500 applications for 60 spots and so I am happy (and proud) that I got one of the spots right away.
Well back at the airport I had plenty of time so I found myself a nice spot, sat there, read my book and ate the lunch that I bought at the supermarket near the school.
I was the first in line to check-in and after I went through security (mean people there) I got me some magazines and sat around a bit longer.
The flight back to Hamburg was, again, to short.
From Hamburg I took a train and my Mom picked me up at the station here.
My first impression: I do really LIKE my new hometown!
After all it is a city :) and it has a subway, trams and busses and I get to ride them for free with my student ID.
There are nice little cafes, river Rhine is there, and it has Starbucks!
Maybe I even find a job at the Starbucks there. We will see.
The rest of the week was ok but I think I have to spread the word of me leaving myself.
I was hoping by now the gossip would have done the job after I told some people, but nope.
Yesterday I received my student ID and a letter which doesn't exactly says it but sounds like the loan for the tuition is approved.
Today my Mom and I went to Karl's Erdbeerhof (Karl's Strawberry Farm) which is really nice.
As you can tell from the name, they have lot's of strawberries there. :)
But there is so much more, delicious food, artsy stuff and lot's of things to do for the kids that I don't have. :)
But we had a good time there anyways and it is really nice done there.
They also have a butterfly house.
If you, my faithful reader ever get the chance to visit that place (I think they have some "branches") then you certainly should go there!
Tomorrow starts my last week of work at the call center.
I would have to work til August 31rst but I had two more vacation days to use up, so I decided to make a clear cut and finish with next Saturday and took of Monday the 31rst.
The other day off will be on Wednesday, so hopefully this will be a relaxed week.
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as you can see.
I will be back later today with a little catch up including my trip to my new hometown to enroll at university...

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

If shopping is a crime, please arrest me!

On Friday I handed in my notice, something which I really loathed.
On Thursday I got my first performance review and had a nice talk with my supervisor and then on Friday I quit.
Bad timing.
I asked my supervisor if she had a minute, explained everything to her and then gave her the already written notice.
She was really understanding and congratulated me on getting this spot.
Well, so this is done, I will work there til August 31rst.
I also started telling my coworkers on Friday and I am relieved that I can talk openly about it now. :)

About my topic:
I plead guilty in all points.
Going to TKMaxx and getting a GREAT deal on winter boots and a coat...guilty!
The coat was 79 Euros and I got it for 40 Euros.
The boots were 95 Euros and I got them for.... 20 bucks!!
Going to Berlin to meet my friend and hitting the mall which is the closest to an American mall I saw since I am back in Germany....guilty!
If you want to check it out: Alexa They even have a real food court there.
Browsing the stores in Berlin Main station (and of course buying something there )...guilty.
Going to Starbucks 2 times within 8 hours ...guilty!
So, if shopping is a crime, please arrest me. :)
I really enjoyed doing some shopping and spending MY OWN money.
I got paid on Friday which was really nice.
I made some more Euros then expected.

After the mall we went to the German-American Volksfest near the US consulate.
I was really looking forward to it since the description on the homepage sounded great but it was kind of disappointing.
I was really looking forward to a corn dog but we searched the whole place and didn't find any.
I first had a corn dog on Coney Island and it was delicious.
Then I moved to the west coast and somehow I didn't have the chance to get one there.
Then on a flight I think from New York back to San Francisco I had some Nathan Mini corn dog things at the airport and they were good but not as good as the one I had on Coney Island.
After that I didn't have another one.
So I was really excited about eating one at the Volksfest and then they didn't have any. Bummer.
We had some other food there and played some bingo and then we left.
The entrance fee was 2 Euros and that was the main difference to "normal" German fair things I think.

So we went back into town, spent some time at the main station which is almost a shopping mall itself and then we headed home.
I had a "Schoenes Wochenende"-ticket which allows me to use local trains all over Germany all day. I even can take up to 4 people with me. The ticket cost 35 Euros and I met somebody here at the station who wanted to go to Berlin too, so she gave me some money and I took her with me.
She also tagged along on the way back home and gave me some money again, so I went to Berlin and back for a really good price. :)

Today I didn't do that much, filled out some more papers, baked cookies and just relaxed.

I also get to welcome follower number 2, welcome Biggi !

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I was lazy

Well not in general, just blogwise.
The past two weeks went by really fast.
I went to work, did stuff for school (the 3 assignments got really good grades which makes me happy) and kept myself busy organizing.
In order to enroll at the new school, I need various papers.
One from my health insurance that states that I am insured with them, one from my old university that certifies that I did not fail an exam 3 times and therefore wouldn't be allowed to take another exam in this subject and one that shows the grades I received in the subjects there.
After all I will stay in the sciences field so that makes sense I guess.
As of today I am happy to report that I got all the papers on the way, they will be send to me and get here before I head down to the school to enroll.
The date is next Wednesday.
I booked a flight from Hamburg to Cologne for my appointment because this is cheaper than traveling by train and faster and there is no connection that can be missed. :)
This week I am only working from 3 to 8 pm which is nice, I get to see daylight after work. :)
Thinking of leaving this place makes me sad, I didn't think I would grow so fond to that place and the people there..
I didn't tell anybody yet but I have to send in the paper this week. *sigh*

On a happier note I can welcome my very first follower today! Thanks for following Mom in High Heels !

I get I will start to get down my old books soon and have a look at chemistry and stuff before school starts.
Actually I am kind of looking forward to getting them down. :)

I know, this post took even longer than the previous one and I hope the next one will not take that long!

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