A rough start into the week

Wednesday, January 18. 2006

Monday and Tuesday were definitely two of those days, which I can look back to and tap my own shoulders, that I made it through them. The main plot for them has been laid out on Sunday afternoon. I had decided not to do some sightseeing in Zürich with our party crowd, and stayed at “home” to go through the exercise sheets I have to asses for my Anwendungspakete-tutorial. This decision was strategically important, to give me a little buffer for Monday (and it probably saved me some 80 Franken, which five of my friends hat to pay for fare-dodging in Zürich). After dropping Tanja in Stuttgart, and having trouble with the Navigation-System in Christian’s car, we arrived Bamberg as late as quarter to midnight, I just fell into my bed and slept until late Monday morning. Luckily I managed to finish the assessment of the exercise sheets before noon. But the preparation for my GBIS-Tutorial could have been better… However, Jochen and I did a decent job, and the raised problem will be easily solved next Monday. After the tutorial I had a meeting with Susann scheduled, where she wanted to help me on my SPSS problems for my U3 seminar. Unluckily, she was busy at that time, luckily she referred me to Nadja who is even more into SPSS. That meeting solved a few issues, but also opened a lot of new question. Afterwards I had to hurry for my Anwendungspakete-tutorial. Although the new exercise sheet was out, most of the people were only interested to hear their assessment, and left immediately after getting their results. The remaining evening was stuffed with to dos, too. Visiting the futuredays lecture about nano technologies, meet my new flatmate Juliane, prepare my talk for the U3 Seminar, visit Tim’s birthday party. Somehow I managed to deal with everything and the beer at the Luitpold café, were Tim was celebrating was well earned. Anna later convinced me to join the party crowd, which was moving to the Live Club. Regarding my talk on Tuesday morning this was not a very good idea – but in the retrospective I would not have had the chance to meet this girl… Anyway. No tequila next Monday! And no reason to meet cold ducks again this year.
Tuesday morning I got up at nine, and got ready for my seminar. I was there on time, and the atmosphere was good. I managed to become last presenting, and did quite well. The devastating critic I expected did not take place. Following up dinner was another seminar, which went quite well, too. At this point I was quite exhausted, but I had scheduled a appointment with Georg to exchange last weekends pictures, so I could not drive home yet.
At around 5pm I finally started for Truppach, where I was going with my brother’s car in order to collect my desk. In the morning driving through dense snow with a bycicle was not too much fun. Now driving home over a closed blanket of snow with a rear-wheel drive was no fun, too. But after one hour of driving I reached my parents home. After a good dinner I couldn’t do much more than a little chit-chat, email correspondence and went to bed early.

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Review on Skiing in Tirol!

Sunday, January 15. 2006

I finally managed to get my pictures of my last holiday online, and I won’t keep a short review on the holiday from you.
This first paragraph was written on the coach to Tirol: I'm currently sitting inside the coach which will bring us to Imst (Austria) and try to get comfy with the English keyboard layout of my PDA keyboard. Didn't use this gadget for quite a while now. In Malaysia it was quite a companion on the road - but in Germany I'm carrying around my notebook anyway. Right now we had a short break at the Rasthof Holledau and we are about to plan tomorrow’s trip through the skiing area of ISCHGL!! Tim has checked the weather conditions for tomorrow, and the forecast is really promising - plenty of snow and sunshine!! So we are planning to use the long downhill slope to Samnaun, do some downhill skiing there and then return to Austrian soil to ride some of the more demanding slopes and to go for decent Apres Ski afterwards!

Day1 – Ischgl

Since I’ve already spent about 14 days of skiing in Ischgl, and it is the area, where I really learnt skiing some years out time there can be regarded a home game. Arriving on the slope the snow was great, temperature wasn’t too cold and the sun was shining bright. Although we had to get warm with skiing again (at least Martin and me, who didn’t have the chance to practice our skills this season yet) we chose a few demanding slopes for the beginning. But we didn’t go too fast on them. After spending the morning on the Austrian side of the skiing area, we went down the downhill run to Samnaun. We took our traditional way into the village, and this year there was plenty of snow – so I didn’t hurt my skiing equipment to much while skiing down on a parking lot ;-).

In the afternoon we gave a try to the Swiss part of the skiing area, and riding down on “wide red highways” was some fun, too.

We hit the bus on time to stow away our skiing equipment, and then made our way into “downtown Ischgl” to go for some Aprés Ski drinks. The “Trofana Alm” was already completely overcrowded, so we only could catch a place at the snow bar. We only had two hours to party there, but more wouldn’t have done any good (at least not for my wallet - one beer with 0,3l content was 4 EUR).

Day2 – Serfaus

Since the snow conditions were really bad here in 2005, we didn’t have a chance to explore this skiing area the previous year. So we were really anxious to explore the area. The skiing area is split into to main parts: Serfaus and Fiss/Ladis. In the morning we headed for the slopes of Serfaus, and decided to give Fiss/Ladis a try in the afternoon. Again the weather was clearly on our side and we had bright sunshine for the whole day. But in the morning not all of the slopes lay at the sun, so we headed for the sunny slopes first. We were really astonished how few people were skiing in Serfaus – we had some wide red highway slopes completely for ourselves. With great conditions we were speeding down the slopes a lot and were really busy in gathering kilometers on the ski runs. To reach the area of Fiss/Ladis we had to get back down to Serfaus, and I really got to admit, that the slope which led us down through a forest could be in any picture book.

Day3 – Hochzeiger

Tim playing around at the Hochzeiger
Our last day skiing came too fast. Since our coach planned to leave Tirol before hitting the big traffic jams, we only had time until 3pm to enjoy the weather and the slopes. But of course we managed to enjoy every minute.

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A spontaneous trip into the south

Friday, January 13. 2006

When I initially got the invitation for Bianca’s birthday party it was obvious, that my current workload won’t allow me to visit her in Zürich. But then she called me tonight.. and she was just too convincing. I was still sitting inside RZ0.07 (my favorite hangout since I don’t have internet access at home yet) and Bianca told me, that Christian would leave for Zürich in 45 minutes. Since I was at the university by bus, this was quite a challenge. But my brother helped my out quite well (I had to borrow his sleeping bag and we had already planned, that he would deliver my old desk chair to me this evening anyway). So he collected me at the computing center and dropped me at my place. With some ten minutes to go until Christian would collect me, I ran into my flat-mate Christian who was about to transport a wardrobe to our third floor apartment. So I was at the right time at the right place to help him. When we were finished Christian already called that he’d be on his way – brilliant timing. We then collected Pia and are right now on our way to Zürich.

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A new year has come!

Monday, January 2. 2006

Once again I celebrated the new year's party with friends in Bamberg. But before I could go for decent partying I faced a challenging task. I had to get a bed for my new room! So I started early to get an overview of available beds at Mömax and Neubert. It didn't take me too long to find a suitable bed (all inclusive bed, slatted frame, mattress for some 120 EUR). But I took the chance and had a look at some sleeping room arrangements at Neubert.. Now I now for what I should earn money later.. Well, anyway. I wanted to get a big bed (140X200) so everything got a little bulky. But the problem was of course the length of about 2 meters. Since I only have a trunk in my car and no chance to turn down backseats it would have been impossible for me to transport the bed in my car. So I had to find someone who would help me out in this issue first. To tell a long story short: In the end wo helped me with his Mercedes A-Series! We now know that goods with a length of slightly more than 2 meters can be transported in that car. At around four o'clock Tim an Markus helped me to put together the bed - which was not as easy as you might think.. But three people who are used to handle information systems shouldn't have problems with some wood and some screws.. It took a little more than an hour to complete the bed - but now I can sleep in my own big bed in Bamberg :-)).

Markus and I had arranged to have the dinner with Michael, Michaels girlfriend Martina and a friend of her's (Julia) at Martinas place. I was the one to prepare the hors d'oeuvre I had bought some fresh seafood and vegies to prepare a Tom Yam Soup. Michael created some tasty collared beef and as desert we had raspberry cream. The cooking was at least as much fun as eating the delicious food. After the dinner we started for the party at the Haas-Säle.

At the cathedralI shot a whole series of images about the party there for the Haas-Saele.de homepage. But I guess I'll also post a few outtakes in my image gallery. The party at the Haas-Säle was hot as ever and I met a lot of friends from the university there. At ten past midnight we met with some friends who didn't make it into the Haas-Säle at the cathedral and celebrated the changing of the years there.

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Running Dinner – My Story

Thursday, December 1. 2005

I had the chance to take part at the running dinner a few times before – but not as a team member cooking some meals, but as member of a photo-team taking pictures for www.feki.de. Taking pictures was always even a Greater challenge, since we wanted to take pictures of at least 2 teams each dish. And visiting six different teams an evening can keep you really running.
But this year I wanted to have it easier, so I asked my friend Katrin, whether she was up to cook with me for the running dinner. Since Katrin is always a inspiration for me, I was always sure, that we would have great idea what to cook. But first of all we had to get rid of a organisational problem – where to cook? Katrin’s flat is really small and you wouldn’t want to have 6 persons eating in her kitchen or living room. I for myself don’t have a flat yet, and didn’t want to ask Christian (who gives me a place to sleep) for his flat. My next idea was to use a kitchen at the student apartments, where I used to live, and where I know a lot of people. I asked my friend Holger and after talking to some other occupants he said, that he didn’t think that this would be a problem, although there was already someone else cooking for running dinner at the same kitchen.
The last week Katrin and I where very creative in thinking about possibilities to cook, since we only were told that we’d have to cook the main dish on last Sunday, we brainstormed about all possibilities before. I will never forget Katrin talking almost half an hour in 4 messages to my phone mailbox putting forward proposals for a dessert. In the end we decided against fish fingers and potato salad and for lasagne. The timing for the evening intended to arrive at the hors d’oeuvre at 7pm, go for the main dish at 8pm and arrive for dessert at 9.15pm. We started our preparations at quarter to five at the Lidl supermarket. Unluckily we didn’t get the special pasta we needed for our lasagne there, so we also had to go to the real.- supermarket. We managed to get all ingredients, but were still missing a oven dish. I talked to Holger and he said that he would have a big one, which sounded sufficient. But it turned out to be to small, so I had to borrow my brothers oven dish, which did cost some more valuable time. It was already quarter past six, when I finally got back to the student apartments with the oven dish, and Katrin had already cut the onion and garlic and was starting to sear the mincemeat. When we were done with preparing the lasagne into the oven dish, it was already five past seven.
So we were a little late for the hors d’oeuvre, but since we only had to walk to the “Schranne”, we didn’t lose too much time. Finding the right house was a little challenge, but then we got a really warm welcome by our hosts. The tendency that more girls than boys take part in the running dinner was proofed at this occasion. I ended up being the only guy at this dish! The dish which was served was a salad and Italian Bruschetta. It was so nice that we really had to pay attention, that we’d keep some appetite for our main dish.
After finishing most of the prepared meal (only a little salad was left) and almost two bottles of sparkling wine we headed “home” for our main dish. By coincidence the two other guests of the hors d’oeuvre had the same target like we did – the kitchen at the student apartments. So it was clear that we would face another challenge – 12 people together in one kitchen for the main dish?! Arriving at the kitchen the other guests had already arrived. So time was pressing to get a solution for our time. Although we had this problem considering space, the mood was really relaxed, and no one did complain about the initial situation. Luckily two of our guest had to cook the dessert at the kitchen at the first floor. So we could borrow their kitchen for our main dish. So we moved one floor higher and everyone got his drinks first. The red Sangiovese-wine was a good choice, and by the time everybody hat his wine the lasagne was done, too (I’ve got to thank Holger here, who put in into the oven). This time we were an evenly mixed group, and we had quite some fun finishing our two bottles of wine and enjoying the lasagne.
Before we could start for the dessert we had to do some cleaning up, since we couldn’t leave a dirty kitchen at the student apartments. But it didn’t take us too long and we were only some 15 minutes late for dessert. Arriving at the Jesuitenstraße, we met another couple, searching for the same number and we initially thought they might be the other guests at our hosts place. But then we found out, that one floor below our host there was another party cooking for running dinner. This time it was guys vs. girls 2 to 4, and we started our dessert with some red wine ;-). The dish itself is hard to describe in English, but was very tasty! We had some really nice discussions, and so it went late.. at 10 to midnight we really had to hurry for the running dinner party, since entrance was only guaranteed until midnight. And the party was really crowded, so we had to wait some minutes for admittance. But it was worth the waiting, just have a look at the pictures taken by Feki.de

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