October 31, 2008

I was a pretty good teacher yesterday.  The first class, rainy and cold at 10:15am on a Thursday morning, had 15 women and then, about 10 minutes into class, a guy came in.  When he did come in, I said, “Oh thank God, another one.  We gotta stick together, dude.”

We read a text on proofreading and then they got to practice by proofreading each other’s papers anonymously.  Their assignment is to edit their piece based on the comments of their peers.

The second class I put them into groups and they talked about 5 important issues and the positions on those issues held by Obama and McCain.

The third class we talked about couchsurfing, then read an article entitled “McCain for President” by one of the most German sounding Americans, Charles Krauthammer.

I had a two-hour break and went home for a bit and then went into the city again, this time for my “Understanding America” class with 5 students in it. I entertained and explained.

Now it’s Friday morning, I’m still tired at 10:12am, didn’t sleep too well, it’s cold and rainy outside and I barely have any food in the house and no cash.  I’ll probably find a way to get to the supermarket which is just 30 seconds walk away but still, it would be great to not have to go outside for a few hours.



October 29, 2008

Man oh man, am I outta control!

So Maya from Norway is currently in Israel on business.  She happened to get sent to the town (Haifa) where my my mom’s cousin and family live.  She said it was beautiful and the family was really nice and it sent a bug straight up my ass.

I’ve wanted to visit Israel for some time.  It’s one of the most important places on earth to visit, unlike Nicaragua or Norway (no offense, Maya) or Latvia or many other places I have been.  But Israel has one of the holiest cities on earth and many of the Bible’s locations are there.

I found an amazing deal online last night.  I was told that anything less than 500 dollars would be a good deal.  I found tickets for 340 bucks/person, including the super expensive train to the airport (~300bucks/person without the 50% off card that we have).  I had to talk Franziska into it, it’s hard for her to think more than a semester into the future and to be honest, this semester is only in the middle of the second week.  There is the off chance that she might not be able to make it because of some special school project but the chances are pretty small (knock knock knock) and so today, when I saw her at lunch at the 1euro for a kebap special through Baden FM where Oli works, I talked to her about it.  I told her that I had read a little bit about Israel and then, out of nowhere was this little sparkle in her eye, a look I hope to see often in life, and she said, all casual and shit, “Let’s go to Israel.”

Really, baby? I asked.  Yep, she said.  Woohoo! So, after lunch, we went home by tram and we booked tickets for a two week trip to Israel!  How exciting is that?

What this probably means is that I will, if it’s okay with her and her family, go up to Hamburg with Franziska for Easter. I was going to plan something for the week, like Sardinia but because we’re doing a pretty big trip just 6 weeks later, maybe we can spend the week up north, hanging out and visiting Hamburg and Kiel. It’s funny when I consider spending a week in/around Hamburg “not doing much” for Easter….hahahah

So, 2009 holidays are shaping up baby!

My room

October 26, 2008

That’s my view from the hammock I’m in right now.  There’s my new red bedspread I bought in Guatemala.  Very colorful, I guess, an aberration in an otherwise drab life… 🙂

I had a nice dinner with friends last night and then went and had a couple of beers at a bar next to that with a couple of my dinner companions.  I met Franziska at my place around 11:30pm.  I didn’t sleep enough last night but still found the wherewithal to spend about an hour preparing for the university classes, then cleaned a good portion of the flat, but not the bathtub 🙂 , and then took a bunch of our unrecyclable glasses down to the glass containers.  I met Franziska for a nice long walk of about an hour or so and we talked about all kinds of stuff, studies, travel, future, complaining about other things in life, it was a really special moment somehow, walking along the river with lots of other people out walking, biking, rollerblading, jogging, just enough people to remind you they’re there but not overwhelming at all, and the weather was crisp and it felt timeless.  I felt my future today and I really liked it.

No work tomorrow but I’ll probably get a haircut, make some photocopies for later in the week, go to lunch and then hopefully go jogging and do some writing. Other than that, I’ll be reading news and watching a dvd sometimes…you?




October 25, 2008

I’m definitely one of the time wasters out there.  I am addicted to spending my free time lying in a hammock with a laptop on my lap.  I did go jogging today, so that’s something.  I also cleaned my room and even put my nice new bedspread from Guatemala on the bed.  I’m doing laundry.  I’m doing some preparation for the university classes next week.  I’m doing stuff, but all from the hammock.

I’ve dinner plans with 3-4 other English teachers tonight, and maybe a couple of other native speakers, we’re gonna get some pizza, have a few brews and shoot some shit.  It’s got potential.  I’ll let you know how it went.

Last night I went to a concert with Franziska.  The guy’s name was Goetz Alsmann.  He normally is a host for a tv show but he also has like a latin swing band with just him and 3 other guys.  All the songs were in German and I was definitely not the normal demographic of person there. It was quite a few people my parents’ age and older.  He was a pretty funny entertainer but I had trouble understanding him often because he spoke so fast when he was telling one of these funny stories.  I often didn’t laugh when the rest of the people were laughing but at least I could feel in the timing of what he was saying when the laughs were coming.  It was like at those times I understood 50 percent of what he was saying but not what it really was about and how the humor fit in.  Still though, it was a nice evening that had begun with good Thai food, a beer in an Australian restaurant and then to a modern church hall for the show.

The Best of the Central American photos

October 22, 2008

I’m a socialist artist.  I have not copyrighted my materials.  Feel free to use for a desktop but if you happen to sell one for hundreds of dollars, perhaps you could buy me a beer.  I’m going to have an exhibition in the new year most likely with about 15 of the photos.  Feel free to comment on which ones you like the best so I can have your opinion which ones I should use.

These are from 23 rolls of film.  It was a tough trip, photographically speaking.  I was pretty disappointed but now that I’m back in the hammock and the trip is behind me and I’m not sweating my ass off, don’t have diarreaha and am not surrounded by poverty anymore so I’m happy…

Vague Blue

October 22, 2008

Green Oar

October 22, 2008