Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
January, February and March
social networking sites and another one on the populist left wing party "Die Linke". Apart from studying and working, there has been plenty of room for pleasure: I went to the Oasis concert in Hamburg and also took some days off to visit the Berlin Film Festival "Berlinale". In February and March, my sister Nina moved in with me because she was interning at the photo mag Stern VIEW.
April, May and June
The second quarter of 2009 started with becoming film makers. With 3 of my classmates I managed to write a screenplay, cast actors, shoot the film and edit it within 5 days. Let me know, if you are interested in watching "Abschied nehmen" and I will send you a link.
After the stressful film production I took a week off and went to visit my friend Gabi in Granada. After two trimesters of studying together, I had to say goodbye to my dearest classmate Mia, who was an exchange student from Copenhagen. She has become one of my closest friends in Hamburg and I already knew back then how much I was going to miss her. Turning 25, I decided to celebrate my birthday in Hamburg for the first time. With the help of my friends and classmates, I managed to bake glutenfree pizza for everyone and even organised a huge TV to show the local football derby between Hamburg and Bremen.
Lebenschancen Malawi" to the audience and discussed the ups and downs of developmental aid.
Thank God it's Friday" - a monthly meeting at which an Alumnus tells the students about his or her job and how he or she got there.
July, August and September
Summer in London. I spent three months in London interning at the Digital Department of Random House UK. I helped monetising a pub community called the good pub guide and learnt a lot about online and mobile marketing. Two of my DC friends, Anis and Diana, happened to be in London at the same time so we had a little reunion. Apart from that I made a lot of new friends among my colleagues, classmates and facebook.
The size of the city, the metropolitan atmosphere and the variety of different areas and ppl within London made me wish to stay longer than three months. During my stay, a lot of friends came to visit me and I could show them around and discover London with them. I went on a day-trip to Brighton, and spent a couple of days in Paris and Madrid - you get quite good deals from and to London airports. It has been four years since Germany's last national election and again I was in the UK trying to catch up with the news, polls and election campaigns. Together with my flatmate we followed the debates via livestream as if it was football. The only acceptable combination of parties won and I decided to fly back home at last...
October, November and December
After three months of working, I was quite anxious to go back to uni and study more. I was lucky because I was chosen for the only online project for this trimester.
Along with three classmates, I got the task to give an overview on the current online fundraising market and to develop a concept for social organisations to improve their profile on betterplace.org and hence make the most of their fundraising. The project has been quite challenging but also really great whenever we talked to organisations and realised how much they needed our help with digital and social media. Also, betterplace.org has been really helpful and provided us with any information we needed and a room to work within their office. So it actually felt like going to work. In the meantime, I moved to a new flat: I live in Winterhude now - quite posh, but I get finally used to it - and have the best flatmates and neighbours I could imagine. Even though uni eats up my life, Christoph and Söan ensure that I still have a social life and drag me to the Kiez and places like this. On the 23rd, I went home for Christmas and New Year's.
I wish you a Merry X-Mas 2009 and a Happy New Year 2010. Keep in touch and keep me posted. See you soon, xx Kati.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
At the moment there is a modern art project taking place called "One & Other" taking place on the 4th plinth. "The Fourth Plinth is the name given to the empty plinth in the north-west corner of Trafalgar Square in London. It was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry and built in 1841 to display an equestrian statue. There were not enough funds available at the time to create a statue and so the plinth was sometimes referred to as the 'empty plinth'." Read more here.
Check out this video - the youtube description reads: "A man faints next to the plinth, a performer 'loses' his biclycle, and a helicopter lands on the square" I am so sorry I missed this performance...
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I have some investment banker friends and they would not be my friends if they behaved like those greedy idiots of this book. But I do feel really sorry for them having to work in such an environment. It is probably even more disgusting when you are a woman...
Anyway, I am happy that I am done with this book - although it was quite fun to rub it in the faces of all these suits I met in the tube every morning. Next time, I move to London I def move (North)East (Shoreditch, Angel, Camden, Islington... I am coming!).
My next book will be Business stripped bare by Richard Branson. I have already read the intro and the first chapter today and it is so much more fun although the topic is quite similar. And of course, it is a Random House book!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
When I went home after a nice meal with lots of red meat at a Turkish restaurant in West Ken, I checked the website which told me that tomorrow will be the main day of Carnival but I decided not to go again and check out Greenwich and the Zero Meridian instead.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today I went to Brighton with Ulli and Christoph (both fellow HMS students). Unusual to German punctuality, we almost missed the train due to Ulli who was actually the only one of us who did not party all night long the night before... we (Christoph) also managed to buy the wrong train tickets (single instead of return for the same price) but the South Western train employee made our day by believing our story and friendlily exchanging our tickets. We went to the beach immediately and caught some sun rays - these moments are rare in this "summer". I think I got tanned most but on the other hand I almost froze my a** off as I had not taken the wind and the
< 19° into account.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Er würde sich sehr freuen, wenn er Euch für zwei Dinge gewinnen könnte:
1. nehmt teil!
2. leitet den Link an möglichst viele Freunde, Bekannte und Verwandte weiter !
Hier ist die URL: http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/hh_fak4_mfoos/8126/
Da inzwischen auch immer mehr „ältere“ Surfer diese Möglichkeit nutzen, wäre es toll, wenn Ihr den Link auch an Eure Eltern und sonstigen Verwandten weitergeben könntet!
Durch Euer Engagement kommt hoffentlich eine ganz vernünftige Teilnehmerzahl zusammen und die Umfrage wird aussagekräftig. Natürlich bekommt Ihr die Ergebnisse auch am Ende per E-Mail zugestellt, wenn Ihr möchtet.
Jeder von uns, der schon einmal selbst eine Umfrage gestaltet hat, weiss wie wichtig eine kritische Masse ist!
Vielen Dank für Eure Hilfe,
im Namen von Markus und mir!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Obwohl Nachrichtenseiten wie “Bild.de” und “Daily Telegraph” über das Video berichteten, handelt es sich lediglich um ein Fake, hinter dem RTL steckt. Der Sender will den Viralspot als Aufhänger für einen Beitrag “Wie leichtgläubig sind Verschwörungstheoretiker?” zeigen und die Sache aufklären.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Pub employees at center of drug investigation
By: CHRISTOPHER RUVO In: The Intelligencer
You could get more than pepperoni and cheese with your slice at the Pizza Pub in West Rockhill. Pennridge police say employees of the Pizza Pub were selling cocaine out of the bar on the 1100 block of Bethlehem Pike. (...)"
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After work (1pm) Ulli and I visited Christoph - my future flatmate at Sony where he currently writes his master thesis. Here are some impressions from our field trip.
Unfortunately, we were not officially allowed to take pictures inside the building, so you have to believe me when I tell you about the "Minority Report" like non-touch screen, the Sony 50% discount store, the silent room, the chill out room, the fun room, the fancy cafeterias...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Still, the Good Pub Guide is my major project. Since David, who is responsible for the site, is on annual leave this week, I am in charge of approving licensees who want to join the page, updating the pub news and twittering about pubs!
There will be a new sub page called "blog" soon which I am currently developing with vision with technology at the moment. This is the agency that developed the GPG website and they have a real fancy office with a start-up-atmo in Islington. It is also my task to recruit interesting and motivated bloggers who blog about all kinds of different perspectives on pubs such as pub crawls, pubs in Yorkshire, beer drinking women, pubs as business hubs, etc. It might be quite obvious that I very much like that project.
As we are still a young website we also need to tell the people we are out there and generate traffic via XML feed partnerships. It is my task to analyse the market and see who is a good fit for our trusted brand.
Also, we still need many more licensees to use our website to promote their pubs - so I have been talking to the major UK pub companies, breweries, etc. Talking on the phone to publicans with various local British accents - no probs anymore! :) Plus, the beer and liquor industry within the UK is quite complex and most of them are far behind the new media developments - I might even think of applying to work for a renowned brewery in my own social media department next year...
Since David is on holiday, I might be asked to help some other colleagues here and there and finally get to know what all the others are doing. Nicole asked me today to write a book review for a high ranked book on youwriteon - a very interesting, though pretty ugly looking, author's community.
Jenny asked me to help her researching ways to promote our Ann Summers' erotica audio books (click on the link to listen to free samples). She also told me to inform IT that I will spend some time on dodgy sex websites in order to research. So, yes, I am basically concerned with booze and sex at work. What is that going to look like on my CV?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Alright mate? Cheers! I am a British robot again.
Instead of coffee I have a black tea with milk and loads of sugar in the mornings. I eat crisps for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And sometimes in between. I order Caffè Latte at the Café Nero counter and although I know there are mostly South Americans or Europeans behind the counter I pronounce "Latte" in the way the English think Italian sounds... although I know it does not.
I always take my umbrella and my sunglasses with me because I know it will rain and then be sunny later.
If I run into people, yes, even if I just slightly touch their bags when I hurry past them, I excuse myself. Sorry all day. 24 hours. I say sorry when there is not gluten free dish on the menu. I say sorry when I have the feeling my German guests are not saying sorry enough. Sorry, sorry, sorry.
I queue no matter how long the queue and no matter what reason for queuing. I know that unlike in Germany old retired people will not overtake me and queuing really is the fastet way to everywhere.
I read the free metro newspaper on the train. I am used to tubes being late or being out of order due to people on the tracks. My mind immediately keeps figuring out an alternative route to where I am going. Tfl's journey planner is in my head. And it is actually working properly without mixing up postcodes all the time.
My bathroom is made of wood and the pipes are so old that the plumber is a regular guest!
I go for after work drinks at 5:30 pm although I know I can only handle one cider without having dinner. And I say yes if somebody wants to get me another one.
I ask my fellow workmates how they are. Every morning and whenever I meet them in the bathroom or elevator. We exchange small talk about our weekends and we do not spare binge drinking stories and at what bar we got beaten black and blue. Or how much money we wasted on drinks and that we should not have gone home with that fat English girl...
Sunday, August 09, 2009
The plot - in case you were not taught Latin or Greek at school:
"Seven years have passed since the end of the Trojan War and Menelaus, King of Sparta and husband to Helen, is making his slow and painful way home. When his ship is wrecked on the coast of Egypt he stumbles upon what seems to be his wife lingering outside the royal palace. But if this is the real Helen, who was the beautiful woman stolen by Paris, for whom all Greece took up arms?"
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Apparently, George Orwell, author of 1984, seemed to have lived in Notting Hill.
Of course, there is a café Nero on Portobello Road where you can have a real strong coffee to keep you going. And Market Thai, my favourite Asian restaurant is also located on Portobello Road.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
- gluten free London facebook group
- charity for coeliacs website
- gluten free London blog
GF supermarkets and what to find where:
- Wholefoods near High Street Kensington tube station: they have gf beer! :)
- Sainsbury: gf naan and much more
- big Tescos: great bread "genius" and "ener-G"
- Waitrose: have not been there, yet
- Giraffe: it's a chain. They have an allergy information menu which leaves you quite a choice
- Hell: This is a pub that serves gf pizza and it tastes like Pizza. WOW! Finally! They import the dough base from New Zealand. :) And they deliver as well...
- imli: Indian tapas AND they have a gf menu! :) I had some problems after but I don't dare to blame imli for it...
- Italian cotto: They have gf Pizza, Pasta and Tiramisu... If you are a coeliac and you enter the place you get a very special and warm welcome by the owner. They do have two completely separate kitchens. I met a Belgium guy who had not eaten Pizza for 8 years. He was so happy! Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed 22.8.-7.9. But you should definitely give it a try!
- Japan Centre: Really good sushi: they prepare you gf Sushi if you ask.
- Market THAI in Nottinghill: now they know! :) The staff is quite helpful and the food is good and cheap
- Preto: Brazilian Steakhouse: You have to ask someone to talk you through the buffet, but honestly: it's all about meat and that's gf! :)
- Roka: they know what gluten is and prepare each dish gf if you ask. Good quality Japanese food!
- Table d'Hôte du Palais Royal: this is a really good restaurant that looks like it used to be a brothel. I ate my first Foie Gras there. The chef said she was sorry she did not have gf bread. So cute. Okay, to be honest - it's in Paris. :P
- Thai Café and Restaurant: Really good Thai food! Ask for gluten and wheat free dishes! The food is definitely worth the effort!
- Thai Metro: really good Thai food. I just mentioned I was a celiac and the waitre created a dish for me out of his head - amazing and delicious. Reminded me of the bok mafia chain in Hamburg which is also amazing!
Monday, August 03, 2009
Even now, two weeks later, I sleep in my own room again, I have not figured out the noise and it did not come back. My friends are indecisive if it was a rat or a snake. I just wish that I will never find out...
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Now, I live with three girls in a beautiful flat in West Ken - and I am loving it!
Jo, who went flat hunting for our precious home is our mum although being the youngest one among us. She is only 20 but already working for Freshfields, Bakers and the lot. I know she will be either First Lady or President herself one day. She is also responsible for all the Ivy League student champagne brunches on hangover Sunday mornings. For now, she teaches me how to cook delicious meals and always takes care of my gluten free diet. I am gonna miss her loads when she leaves at the end of this month.
Katharina, who does not want to be called "Kati" is my next door neighbour. She is the best conspirator whenever you are on a dodgy Sherlock Holmes' mission and you don't know where to start from. Also, she puts you down to earth again whenever you get caught in a self-induced drama which happens probably once a week to either one of us.
Halloooo? Ashley is our Princeton princess from Texas, Houston! She takes care that we speak English or Chinese only. She is a crazy red haired girl who plans to go into the film business. We share some future dream in which I am going to provide her with a screenplay she is gonna turn into a great film. Maybe I could write about my encounter with David Hasselhoff or George W. Bush who she both knows through her parents' country club. Let's see!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Especially when they track my personal performance, e. g. whenever I post a blog I can check how many ppl clicked on it and what browser they used, where they came across my blog and where they come from themselves...
I started measuring my blog's performance on 26 June 2008. My Spanish friend Gus told me how to do it.
Since then my blog had a total number of 3,173 page views up till now.
The busiest day so far was: 24 December 2008 with 105 page views
I guess you must have been quite bored on Christmas...
So, where do my visitors come from?
Here is the top ten:
1. Germany 2,300 72.5 %
2. United States 368 11.6 % (that's my DC friends)
3. United Kingdom 206 6.5 % (my old Notts buddies and new London mates)
4. Spain 103 3.2 % (Raquel & Co.)
5. Italy 20 0.6 % (Jendrik is now interning in Milan and must be quite bored)
6. France 19 0.6 %
7. Canada 18 0.6 %
8. Switzerland 17 0.5 % (thx Alex)
9. Belgium 14 0.4 % (Ellen?)
10. Australia 12 0.4 % (Steffi is currently an assistant teacher in Aussie)
3. augenringe (dark circles around the eyes) :)
4. pecsipedia (which indicates my blog has a good SEO)
5. getreideprodukte (corn products)
via search engines like:
the top referring sites are:
3. r1rk9np7bpcsfoeekl0khkd2juj27q3o.friendconnect.gmodules.com ?
7. webmail.nurivo.de (thx Joerg)
So, as you can see, webstats tell a lot! Even when you don't leave a comment, I can find out if you have been there lately... and you can, too! Just click at the small webstats icon on the bottom of the right column.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
As my wise boss told me once that blogs have to be as clean as business cards, I spare you the adventures of last weekend. Plus, there should be a reason for you to call me and keep this a bidirectional conversation anyway.
I went to an art gallery opening on Kingsland road today. Hansel, my new Kiwi friend, hooked me up with a bunch of his international friends and we enjoyed some free wine and weird art in Shoreditch together. Then, we went to a great but cheap Vietnamese food place with glutenfree dishes and byo policy.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
It's really hot in the tube, although there is no real summer in London. But air conditioning is not really included in the ticket, so you'll get a summer feeling whenever you are not alone in the wagon.
Free education on the go. Wherever you go: grab a free metro paper. It might help you not get bored on the loooooong way through London. And you pick up easily on what's going on here: Amy, Becks, Harry, Iraq, swine flu...
Also, I love the irony! You have been kept waiting for no reasons for 20 minutes for the next tube that's supposed to go every three minutes and they will inform you happily that "all London underground lines are operating on a good service"?
It is Saturday night, you have been partying and now you want to go home. Take the tube? Impossible, cause it's not running anymore. Not even during the weekends. So, you have to get accustomed to another map - the bus map with different names for the stops. Busses go to the city centre first and then spread across London. So, it takes quite a while to get where you actually want to go. And on the way, watch out that no one pukes at your shoes (already happened on my first night out!)
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
First day @ Random House Digital:
I met my really nice colleagues but I did not manage to remember all their names, yet, so I have to figure out away how to talk to them without addressing them for the moment.
The canteen provides really nice gluten free food and serves coffee and tea all day.
My colleague David who i am working with is really cool and I will be working with him on the good pub guide. So I am actually working on two things I really like: online communities and British pubs (although I cannot drink beer anymore...).
About gpg: "Now entering it’s 27th year, The Good Pub Guide remains Britain’s bestselling travel guide. The only truly independent guide of its kind, its comprehensive updates, meticulous attention to detail and countless reader reports ensure that only the very best of the nation’s watering holes make the cut."
If you want to find out more about it, join us on facebook or follow us on twitter.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
During the day I went with Jo and her friend Lars to Spitalfields Market at Liverpool Street Station. Its a place where creative ppl stroll around. The market was actually not happening that day but we had a weird iced tea in a funky café and watched the folks who passed us by.
After, we went to Regent's Park where we had a nice picnic with some LSE rich kids. Right there and then, I decided NOT to send my kids to a private school - at least not until they developed some character...
At night, I met with a friend who showed me Shoreditch - his favourite place to go out at night and I fell in love with that area: its like my fav area "Sternschanze" in Hamburg. People were having pints sitting on the street, getting drunk, having fights, enjoying their night out. The area looks a bit dodgy at first - totally opposite of West Ken where I live.
Yesterday night I managed to get home like I was born in London. I took the night bus to Oxford Circus and then swapped busses to get home. In between I had two hot hash browns (Mc D gluten free breakfast) - almost as tasty as a "German" Dönertüte. I arrived at Kensington Olympia at 5:30 and decided to cancel our Sunday champagne brunch.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Für alle die das Verfahren noch nicht kennen:
ab sofort bekommt jeder, der mir eine Postkarte schickt, einen festen Platz in meinem Zimmer und eine Postkarte zurück (sobald ich eure Adresse habe, am Besten per Email an: KatrinSchmidt84(ät)gmail.com).
Hier ist meine Adresse:
17a Fitzgeorge Avenue
W14 0SY London
Ich freu mich schon auf Euch!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
1st mission: finding a store with glutenfree food (24h big Tesco, mins walking distance) = accomplished!
2nd mission: getting a new UK simcard, prepaid and as cheap as possible (tesco mobile) = finally accomplished after arguing with the woman at the service desk that my phone is not simlocked and I won't need to buy a new one and with the cashier that that I can top it up right here and there....
3rd mission: finding the cheapest option for me to travel throughout London (oyster card) = accomplished - but is it really the cheapest?
4th mission: meeting with Anis, the Maltesian friend I met in DC last summer
We had a coffee at Coffee Republic (chain of course). Later that day, I met with Jo cause we were invited to a roof top barbecue of one of her friends. 26°C and roof top barbecue certainly made me miss DC less. This summer seemed to have potential!
The following day, Anis and I went to chill in Hyde Park listening to a free Reggae concert. Later that night he introduced me to his girlfriend and classmates, a quite lovely international bunch of ppl. How I missed that! We had totally glutenfree food at an Ecuadorian place near Holloway Road station. Worth the travel!
We made plans to dance salsa soon and I finally agreed I'd love London!