Friday, August 29, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hamburg - home sweet new home

community spirit: the little yard in front of my door

Leaving DC was quite hard for me, the prospect of moving into one of the best and biggest German cities promised to be a little distraction from my heartbreaking farewell though.

I have been living in Hamburg during my summer internship 2006 - after leaving Notts - and already back then Hamburg offered me so many adventures that I finally managed to deal with being back in goo' ol' Germany and starting all over again...

free ferry boat trips on the river Elbe

During the first weeks I (re)discovered most of my fav places in Hamburg: the lake Alster in the middle of Hamburg city, the river Elbe with its harbour and beach, cafés like Chakra in the area Sternschanze, Café Reise Bar in Altona, Hadley's (just opposite the street), party areas like Hamburger Berg with bars like Lucky Star and Rosi's Bar, the independent cinema Abaton not very far from where I live...

Dreizimmerwohnung: going out with my fav Maltesian friend

I was really lucky of being able to move into Chris' flat for a while, because due to it being situated Beim Schlump, I am in walking distance to beer and dancing. Its like still living in Dupont Circle and being able to walk to Adams Morgan and finding one's way back home easily.

I cannot wait for uni to start, to meet more and more interesting people and to build upon old friendships.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Never forget DC 2008

I miss you

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Best friends

I miss you

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


In Washington sind die meisten Museen kostenlos, sie werden von der Smithonian Institution getragen. Das Museum, das mich jedoch am meisten interessierte, war das neue Newseum, das dann gleich 20 $ Eintritt verlangt.

Ich habe mir also einen Tag frei genommen und mich durch die Welt der Nachrichten und Medien geschaut.


"When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often.
But if a man bites a dog, that is news."
(John B. Bogart, The Sun)

"News is what somebody, somewhere wants to suppress."
(Lord Northcliff)

"Journalism is the first draft of history."
(Philip Graham, publisher, Washington Post)

"Thanks to the TV, for the first time
the young are seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders."
(Margaret Mead)

"TV news can only present the bones of a story;
it takes a newspaper to present vast amounts of information to render the story truly boring".
(Dave Barry)

"I always turn to the sports section first.
The sports page records people's accomplishments;
the front page has nothing but man's failures. "
(Ed Warren, Chief Justice)

Front Pages after 9/11

"There are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away:
cops, firemen and reporters."
(Rod Dreher, newspaper columnist)

"Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe."
(President Lincoln)

Monday, August 11, 2008


Heute kam noch eine Endspurtpostkarte von Chris aus Savannah. Danke!

Der erste, der mir seine Adresse mailt, bekommt meine allerletzte Postkarte, Briefmarke, Luftpoststicker...


Friday, August 08, 2008

Boston: MIT vs Harvard

I just wanted to see the second richest institution in the world (btw: 1st is the Roman Catholic Church), the theoretical home of George W. Bush: the famous Harvard!

Harvard Business School

But then, it seemed that the MIT - recently even more famous due to the movie "21" - an almost true story... [the professor is less criminal and still teaching] attracted my attention even more. Daniel, aua truhli Tschörmän Gaid, showed us the innermost secrets of his mysterious uni.

They say "in Harvard there are no windows, in Harvard its all about heritage and money, there are many who were accepted in Harvard but preferred the MIT... only at night its better to say you are from Harvard - you can impress more girls". As easy as that. ;)

But BOSTON is much more than two unis:

its worth living.

Schlüsselübergabe in DC

Heute hat mich Chris in DC besucht. Er studiert in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, den Transatlantic Masters und hat beschlossen mich zu besuchen, bevor sein Semester gestartet ist. Lustigerweise war Chris in DC (fast) ortskundiger als ich - wir sind nahezu ganz Northwest abgelaufen und haben ein klassiches Sightseeingfoto geschossen.

the girl on the right might as well be a ghost

Chris konnte die chinesische Reisegruppe, die ein paar Bilder mehr gemacht hat als wir, übrigens perfekt verstehen. Interessant war deren Unterhaltung allerdings leider nicht.

Nach leckerer Pizza bei Cosí, und einem erfrischenden Iced Chai Latte bei Star Bucks, mussten wir uns allerdings schon wieder verabschieden, da mein Flieger nach Boston auf mich wartete... Ende August ziehe ich als Zwischenmieterin in Chris Wohnung ein und habe heute meine neue Hamburger Adresse (zwischen Schanze und Grindel) bekommen.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Big Apple

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"*

One weekend in the Big Apple with my friends.

Manhattan is amazing. After a crazy going out Friday night (no IDs required at all - bars open end), we got up early and walked through Manhattan: our hostel was close to the Empire State Building, walking down Broadway and 5th Avenue, we passed Times Square (more impressive at night), then Ground Zero (building site), to the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, then the financial district with Wall Street, the NY Stock Exchange and the Fed, Rockefeller Center and then totally exhausted and hangover to Central Park where we accidentally met with the Spanish guys... NY did not seem to be that big then.

Saturday night we went to one of my friend's friend's friend's recommendation: Nikki Midtown. I did not like the music but I could not stop dancing either. The girls had to drag me out at the end of the night.

* "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Kegelclub on Tour ;)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Ocean City Trip

Raus aus D.C. - ab nach O.C.* Von den anfangs über 14 Interessenten ist immerhin noch einMietwagen voll dabeigeblieben. Mit Chris (D), Tommy (D) und Anis (Malta) ging es für ein ganzes Wochenende nach Ocean City. Ein tolles Männerwochenende (fast kein Rumgezicke, mehr oder weniger viel Alkohol und viel Faulenzen) wartete auf uns.

Das Hotel erinnerte mich irgendwie an meinen Abiurlaub in Lloret de Mar. Das Publikum eher nicht. Ein Urlauber "Journey Jimmy" lieferte abends mit der Liveband seine Show, indem er immer wieder das gleiche Lied (Small Town Girl von Journey) von sich gab.

Chris hat mir beigebracht Krabben zu essen. Und der slowenische Kellner hat den ganzen Abend bei uns am Tisch verbracht, weil er sich gefreut hat, endlich mal wieder Europäer zu treffen.

Da wir am ersten Abend die leidvolle Erfahrung machen mussten, dass wir nicht mit unserem Perso oder Führerschein wie in D.C. das Leben unsicher machen können ("European Fake IDs are not accepted"), haben wir uns am zweiten Abend für einen Bummel am O.C. Boardwalk entschieden.

Bevor es am Sonntag nach hause ging, haben wir uns noch den wunderschönen, naturbelassenen Strand von Assateague angeschaut.

*O.C. = Ocean City