schwäne, schnee und sonstiges

img_3280„Geschlechterrolle“ (Themavorschlag: Sarah)

„Was wäre gewesen, wenn die Heiligen Drei Könige Frauen gewesen wären? Die drei Frauen hätten nach dem Weg gefragt (statt einem Stern zu folgen), wären pünktlich angekommen (statt zwölf Tage zu spät zu sein), hätten geholfen, das Kind zur Welt zu bringen, hätten die Stallung geputzt, etwas zu Essen gekocht – und praktische Geschenke mitgenommen (Windeln zum Beispiel)“. Diesen Witz habe ich in ‚Piffle‘, einem kostenlosen monatlichen Zeitschrift, gelesen. Ich muss daran denken, wie die Welt wäre, wenn mehr Frauen in Machtpositionen wären, insbesondere als politische Entscheidungsträger und Parlamentärinnen. Sehr wahrscheinlich gibt es kein Krieg mehr, da sie alternative Lösungen zu Problemen finden können.
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adventures! of a freshly post-thesisite, in the first week of the rest of her life

Friday, 18 January, 2013

A lethal mix of late nights of Borgen, malfunctioning clocks, and knowing my supervisor wouldn’t be in today led to tardiness to the tune of 10:25am. Huh boy. The office continues to be dead quiet, with seven of us in. I took it easy – did some work, then quaffed around a bit.

Then I went for the salmon heads. They had three today! I was ecstatic. Came home and made hotpot. If removing salmon gills was on my bucket list I could now tick it off, but it’s not, cos it’s bloody disgusting (pun intended), so I won’t. And now I’m so stuffed with fatty fatty salmon that my body and brain’s reached lethargy. Something tells me eating ice cream while starting Borgen Season 2 is a terrible idea, but I’m gonna do it anyway.

Borgen and work are both challenging my views on politics and ways to get social change. More on that at a later date…Read More »


The weather is a favourite conversation topic of mine because it’s so important. It guides my moods and plans my movements and generally affects my life to a great degree. I’ve noticed people here don’t talk about the weather much and don’t seem engaged when I talk about it. At first I thought it was a German thing, so I asked a few German friends whether Germans talk about the weather. One suggested that weather-speak may be mistaken for small-talk, which is fair enough.

But my most recent theory is that people here don’t care to talk about the weather much because it’s boring. Hamburg weather is very fickle. Seasons aren’t so much seasons as glimpses of what the season should feel like, before reverting to some horribly unseasonal weather. There’s no continuity, no consistency, no patterns, and bears little consequence to us city folk in the grand scheme of things.

Sure, it affects whether we bring an umbrella or a scarf when we go out. But will a dry spell affect our (city folk’s) growing season? Gar nicht. In Canada, on the other hand, a dry winter with little snow means a dry spring with little snowmelt, which means more forest fires. Although climate change is messing up the normal weather patterns (‘climate weirding’, as the Guardian called it), there are still some semblances of weather patterns and cycles that guide Canadians through the year.

Canadians talk about weather a lot. I get the feeling – and this is unproven speculation – that we have a longer-term perspective and broader understanding of weather than the folks I’ve tried to talk to here. That could also be due to my crummy German language skills, of course.

it’s my birthday! – updated

It’s not, but it might as well be, because the next two weeks are going to be awwwwwwwwesome! Bear with me while I list the reasons!!!!
12 days later, let’s see how reality matched up to expectations.

  1. First work trip ever! to Bonn! And I only have two real responsibilities: take photos and take care of the Gambian minister of forests and environment during our event.
    That was fun. Learned a lot about events, which will serve me well. That night post-event was crazy: dude from one of our sponsors went to have a drink (read: 4) with me, the other intern and our 69-year-old colleague. In a word, madness. Then the other intern and I wandered Bad Godesberg until the hotel’s breakfast buffet opened = worst idea ever, but somehow so much fun, and I have to laugh every time I think back to it. Had really good convos with him. The 2 hours we had in Bonn proper the next day was loads of fun too.
  2. Going to Amsterdam! Uppsala reunion – 9 of us in total!!! Including some friends I haven’t seen since June ’09!
    No explanation needed beyond the fact that these people are awesome. Lots of food involved. Plus: Speculoos spread (which is actually Belgian, but I can’t get it in Germany) is amazing.
  3. Will be on a train for 8 hours next week. I love trains! I think it’s because I hardly ever take it (buses/planes are cheaper). Picked out my reading material already – can finally start The Brothers Karamazov!
  4. My paper(s) will be done in 24 hours! They’ve been making me miserable for 3 months now!
    Thank god that’s done.
  5. MY INTERNSHIP GOT EXTENDED YO. The new media intern starts next week. My semester starts in two weeks (it’s no coincidence, we planned it this way). From then on I do 1 day/week, mainly translation and proofreading work. With a 250% pay raise. This goes until end of January. Then starting in March my supervisor wants to bring me back for a project/event that culminates in October in India. Also paid. God I love my life right now…
    Sooo… the new intern is really nice and really cool. We had a media dept pow-wow today and it was odd to have to share my responsibilities. Bah, anyway.
  6. New semester starts in two weeks, as I mentioned. Will be good to see my lovely classmates and friends again :)
  7. Looking forward to having more free time to take up a German language course!
    Trying to decide between 4 hours on Wed retaking the course I did last semester, or paying 280 eur for 72 hours over 8 weeks. The attraction of the latter option is that it’s 2.5 hours per session, 3 sessions per week.
  8. FilmFest Hamburg looks great. I’m normally not a big film person but these really look good and I have the time this weekend and also the money (I save so much money when I guilt myself into not socialising because of school work) so I’m def seeing at *least* one.
    Was too lazy to go.
  9. Long weekend! Monday is the 3rd of October – German Reunification Day. Mad baking of cakes!
    No baking. But I did just whip up a pumpkin pie.
  10. The Saturday Adventure is back! (because of #4) I think we’re doing another outdoorsy semi-rural walk.
    Good walk in the woods with two of my fav fellow foreign classmates: Logan and Kate.
  11. The weather has been un-freakin-believably gorgeous the past week. Summer, finally!
    Spent the weekend outdoors. Now the weather is ganz scheiß…

I’m such a lucky person. For the things listed above, but also for being this happy.