Alright! So, about those parrots. The pictures are still poor, but at least it's something...right? I found a feather while walking around, so if anyone really wants to see what colour they are...look at the feather when I get back.
Well, it's been a while! Sorry about that! Just been busy, or concentratedly un-busy, perhaps. Anyway, the days are going quickly and my time here is winding down. This is both sad and happy. I love Germany. I would readily come back next semester, perhaps even more permanently, if I could only bring my stuff with me and kidnap you guys. How about it, guys...colony in Heidelberg? Anyhow.. the weather has been nice, and I've actually done a little bit of travelling, albeit nur within Germany. Guess I should divide this up, but for starters... Remember Schwetzingen? The tour guide didn't lie... it really is nice in summer! ( Collapse )
Alright, here goes. I have a lot more time today, so maybe I'll post a little more? The computer lab is in the middle of a bunch of university buildings, and for a couple weeks now, a group of anarchist students have been camped out in a little green space right out side. They eat there, sleep there, play hackey-sack there, and as far as I have heard/can tell, they haven't left at all since their arrival. They have this little village of tents and tarps set up, and it is very odd. I'll try to get a picture sometime, but I don't want to be too obvious about it. Other than that.. hm. I got a small tour of some of the city from my only German friend a couple days ago. It was interesting to see what a native considered important for me to see. Also, there were sheep. On the hill, in front of the castle. Weird. So, back to the rest of Stuttgart, I suppose.
So, it turned out to be Stuttgart after all. The weather was nice, and it seems to be an interesting city. Made me realize how small and quiet Heidelberg really is. The main thing we did was the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Not something I would have ever chosen to do, but it was actually interesting. There was a large emphasis on world history in general, I suppose as an attempt to put the development of the company in context. Other than that, we pretty much just wandered around. First, though, a couple pictures of Heidelberg taken from one of my favourite places to sit. ( Collapse )
Here goes again! The garden has continued to be awesome, and so I've continued to take pictures. I'm also working on videoing a walk through the whole thing just for myself. If anyone requests it I'll post it, but otherwise I'm not going to bother. Don't know that it will mean much to anyone who's not spent a lot of time there. ( Collapse )
Well, as usual plans have changed. Rather than Stuttgart on Saturday, we'll be doing München this coming weekend. Should be good, though! I'm still excited, and the weekend wasn't wasted. Spent a lot of time walking around. It turns out there are a bunch of farms right near here. More than I'd expected. I spent most of yesterday exploring further, and finally juts gave up and walked to Handschuhsheim, one of the connected areas that makes up Heidelberg. I didn't know what I was doing at the time, of course; there's a church spire that I can always see on the horizon pushed up against the mountains, and I just started walking towards that. Wouldn't have taken quite as long had I not also spent so much time wandering around, back and forth on the roads running between the farms. I've also been picking and pressing flowers. Silly, right? But there are a remarkable number of wildflowers around here. It's quite lovely. Guess I'll have to make a scrapbook when I get back. +shiver+ Anwhow, I have a bunch of botanic garden pictures as well, but they're taking a long time to upload, so I expect I'll do that tomorrow instead. ( Collapse )
So, it's been a while! But I have at least a couple of pictures from the last few weeks, so I thought I'd use a little computer lab time to dump them here. Not too much has been going on, although tomorrow I'm heading to Stuttgart with Rina, so that should produce some more news. For now, though, just some things I've found around Heidelberg. ( Collapse )
So, due to internet problems, I can't currently use anything apart from Skype and AIM in my room. But.. There are computer labs for such eventualities.. right? I have to say, though, it really makes me uncomfortable sitting here with my back exposed and working where everyone can see me. Ah well, I guess I'm forced to overcome not only my internet addiction, but a little of that paranoia too! So. Here are a few pictures from the last couple weeks' wanderings. Been spending a lot of time walking around, as the weather has been nice. Heidelberg is really lovely right now. The number of trees here is fabulous! ( Collapse )
No pictures today, just musings. The past two days have been gorgeous, and I've taken advantage of this by going to the Neckarwiese and enjoying the sunshine. The Neckarwiese is a park along the Neckar river, so right in town. It takes me maybe 20 minutes to get to the open spaces, and the walk is lovely; it follows next to the river. The place is absolutely packed with people whenever the weather is nice. People here like being outside... and I can relate to this. Anyhow, the musings. On Sunday, my inner American prude was rather surprised to see multiple women sunbathing topless. Not only topless, but as a rule wearing nothing but thongs (the bottoms, not the sandals). In the middle of the park, in the middle of the city, in the middle of large crowds with lots of children. Now, this is nothing I have a problem with. It was just hard for me as an American not to find it unusual. So on to today: as I was riding the bus home, I saw a largish woman walking with her shirt pulled up, bearing her entire stomach. At first I saw this from the back. Then, however, as the bus kept moving I noticed that she had a baby pressed to herself on the front side. She was walking down a major street breastfeeding her kid! The inner American started to gawk again. Now, remember all the fuss about the woman breastfeeding in McDonalds? I have to wonder if someone would have called the cops on this woman at home. Anyhow, this has lead me to confront the inner American. As I've stated, I have no personal problem with any of this. I find that Americans are far, far too sensitive about what is //completely// non-sexual nudity. In fact, it seems to me that Americans are too sensitive to understand that such a thing is possible. At home, the religious nuts and soccer moms would have a fit if people started sunbathing nude in, say, Triangle Park, and the Neckarwiese is even more public than that. In fact, they'd quite likely be arrested. It's an odd world.
tl;dr People here are much less spastic than Americans.
ETA: I got stung by a bee an hour or so ago. In my bed. It was sitting on the light, but when I turned that out in an attempt to get it to leave, apparently it decided it wanted revenge. I've not been so angry in a long time.