Mein Cousin ist nach einem Austauschsemester in Wien wieder in Kanada (sogar an der Uni, die meine Alma Mater ist). Er schreibt, dass die letzten vier Monaten die glücklichsten und besten waren, die er bisher erlebt hat. Er habe nicht nur eine neue Ecke der Welt, sondern auch etwas Neues über ihn selbst, entdeckt. Dieses Gefühl kann ich komplett nachempfinden, weil es für mich nach meinem Austauschsemester in Uppsala dasselbe war.
Es geht um die großen Fragen “Wer bin ich?” und “Was kann/will ich machen?”Read More »
Even the mediocre food here in Nantes is amazing. There was goat’s cheese in my pumpkin butternut squash soup at lunch.
Tonight’s 4-course dinner involved, among other things, scallops, veal, three cheeses, giant raspberry macarons, and wine, wine, wine. It was the same fare served to the mayors of the World Mayors’ Summit on Climate Change… so yeah.
The dinner didn’t start off so well: I got sandwiched between the private sector partners and the French architects. Hardly ideal. Read More »
Greetings! I hail from the western French city of Nantes, population 600k, European Green Capital 2014. After the end of my first full day at the EcoCity Summit, I found a bite and some hydration at a packed, low-key bar downtown, with most of the tables spilling onto the pedestrian-only street in the warm evening air. I washed down a small aubergine curry and “muffins” (think mini cheese-filled yorkshire puddings) with two French-sized (25 cl) beers, a red the bar brewed itself. It was pretty freakin great…
I don’t really want to talk too much about the conference and content, but I want to share some random musings that I mused over on my nicely buzzed walk home after dinner.Read More »
My second work trip (not counting Folkecenter, where I had no responsibilities…) begins tomorrow – flying to Nantes for the EcoCity Summit and World Urban Campaign Steering Committee meeting!
I feel significantly less nervous than before Nairobi. Partly because this is my second time at one of these conference/meetings, but partly because the stakes are lower… no UN Governing Council, just a conference, just networking and ideas-gathering.
That’s not to say I don’t feel nervous. But I don’t feel like throwing up. You know, progress.
It’s also in France instead of Kenya, so somehow that helps with the familiarity thing… I know more of what to expect of France than of Kenya.
This is the first time my boss will be there, though. So that’s new. And I have to try harder to prove myself in front of him. Sigh.
After the work’s over I’m going to PORTUGAL! First to Coimbra to visit my friend Jens and then a day in Lisbon! CANNOT WAIT :)