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Wieck

March 7, 2011 1 comment
The Weick 'Holzklappbrücke' (roughly 'wood folding bridge')

The Weick 'Holzklappbrücke' (roughly 'wood folding bridge')

On Saturday we went to a fish restaurant in the nearby village of Wieck (pronounced ‘veak’, almost). All in all, it was a nice afternoon out, the food was good and the weather was verging on the warmish. Without any real clues for translating the various types of fish, I picked something at random, excluding what the other two guys had chosen. I ended up with ‘Lachs’ which turned out to be Salmon. While perhaps less out of my ordinary fare than I was hoping for, it was a very nice piece of fish and was beautifully cooked.

Wieck is on the mouth of the river Ryck (which runs through/past Griefswald), where it meets the Baltic sea. The sea, it turns out, was frozen over. Actually, this part of it is in a kind of semi-enclosed bay area but still, I’ve never seen frozen sea before, so this was fairly novel for me.

Windmill and Luis on his borrowed IPP bike, like the one I had.

Windmill and Luis on his borrowed IPP bike, like the one I had.

See, I told you it was cold.

See, I told you it was cold.

Dinner was some Spannish food prepared by my flatmate. This was followed by the two Spanish guys eating sunflower kernels (a.k.a seeds, but they’re not, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_seed) while the other two of us made a mess, eat lots of the shells and probably managed to ingest less energy than we expended. We had planned to go out to the ‘TV club’  afterward but ended up watching one of the most horrific South Park episodes ever made. I think this might have been a little bit much for the two Spanish guys, who haven’t seen any/many of them.

A Pole, a Spaniard and an Englishman go to the seaside.... anyone got one?

A Pole, a Spaniard and an Englishman go to the seaside.... anyone got one?

People are asked to kindly label their buildings, so that if misplaced, they can be returned to their proper location.

People are asked to kindly label their buildings, so that if misplaced, they can be returned to their proper location.

PS: The rest of the photos are here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2323633&id=61305529&l=718db4fa5e

PPS: I was playing with alpha layers in GIMP (linux graphics package) on the weekend. Do you like the banner at the top?

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Categories: food

Mmmm, Indigermoenglish food.

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment

On Thursday night a group of us (the internationals) went out to a Curry restaurant in Greifswald. Again, an arbitrary mixture of languages was used by us since there was me, one of the polish guys, three Spaniards, a girl from Chile and another girl, the nationality of which I can’t recall. The waitress spoke only German, so some translation was done by those who were more able, but what amused me is that the menu was written in a strange mixture of languages. The dish titles included things such as ‘Chicken Masala’ which is very definitely English and followed by the German description; ‘Lamm’ curries, which is German for the obvious and finally ‘Mashroom’ curries, which I don’t think is a word for anything in any language, other than the obvious English misspelling. The conversation about exactly how hot they call hot was a slightly confused exchange of Spanish, German and English. For the sake of general education, in German they use the work ‘scharf’, which is also ‘sharp’ but totally different from their word for thermally hot: ‘heiß’.

My building in the IBZ. Yes, it's wonky for some reason.

My building in the IBZ. Yes, it's wonky for some reason.

Greifswald town centre.

Greifswald town centre.

Categories: food, language

Trig, Tea, Talk and the Town.

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment
Maths and tea

Maths and tea

With most of the admin done, I’m starting to get to grips with the theory of the system I’m eventually going to be designing and building. So far this has just involved a lot trigonometry but at least my life has now returned to some kind of normality and once again consists of a lot of maths and a lot of tea.

I was also invited along to a cafe in Greifswald on Thursday night with a lot of the students (and possibly just younger people) at IPP. There were about twenty of us in the end and apparently they don’t manage to congregate on this scale very often. A lot of us were the internationals from the IBZ building where I live, but there were a few from Spain, a girl from Chille, an American, a few from others places and of course a few of the natives.

Cafe Humboldt

Cafe Humboldt

Everyone was chatting in, and about, a few different languages and towards the end I was talking to a some people seriously into LARP. As much as I’d rather spend my free time flying, it does sounds like they have a lot of fun.  Also, the food was good, which is reassuring since I was beginning to worry about the food here. The canteen at work leaves a lot to be desired. It makes the Culham canteen in Oxford look like an up-market restaurant.

Today (Saturday), I’ve had a wander around the town center. There are plenty of different shops, a few of which are the same as the shops in England. I bought a nice little coffee maker so can take ‘achieve decent coffee’ off my list of milestones.

Greifswald town centre.

Greifswald town centre.

Categories: food, language, work

Block registration

February 15, 2011 1 comment

Instead of going to the institute this morning, I went to a big concrete block on the edge of town. This is a kind of civil registration that everyone has to do here, even the Germans. They operate on a system where you press a button to get a ticket and wait for your number on the big screen, something nice and efficient and fair which we seem to reserve only for some deli counters in the UK.

Fortunately, one of the secretaries that normally deals with this came with me to translate and mediate so I am now registered, have a tax card and all sorts of other weird German documents. They seem to happy here to let their government hold lots of information about them. I explained to her that we don’t do this because we don’t trust our government with things like that in the UK.

sehr weiße Eier

sehr weiße Eier

Picked up some more shopping on the way home, including these eggs, which are disturbingly white for some reason. All of the eggs in the shop were like this but I’ve jet to wotk out if that’s a German thing or just that shop. The saucepan in that photo is boiling potatoes, since there is no microwave in this kitchen. Incase you were wondering, the efforts in that photo resulted in this one:

Achieved food

Achieved food

Categories: food, Uncategorized