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Conversation Islands

It can be quite strange sitting at lunch on a table full of people speaking a language you don’t understand, but I’ve found a fun game to play. I know enough now to pick out the about 2 words from every other sentence so the game is then to try to work out exactly how the topic gets between each little island of insight. Today’s example:

Something about playing football (in present tense) –> “How much does AUG cost” (a fusion reactor) –> something about the police.

All in about 8 sentences, any ideas?

View from my office

View from my office

I had a meeting today to discuss my project so I now actually have some things to get started with. I may explain the project in a bit more detail in specific posts later on.

I’ve also been looking at the German banks today, in order to get a current account out here. For some reason, many of them charge you, something of order 4€/month and the few that do free accounts make it out to be a novel thing. Why should I pay them to lend them my money? I’m going to have to think about this one carefully though, to avoid incurring huge charges if I ever want to transfer large chunks of my wages back to the UK. Suggestions/advice is welcome!

In other news… it snowed a bit today and it still very cold and windy. I also met two other English speakers trying to get into the IBZ where they keep all of us international types. Someone had bolted the main door. I took a photo to see around the door and then it took a bit of maneuvering to free it.

Doorfail

Doorfail

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