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18th-Apr-2009 09:09 pm(no subject)
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Got some more pictures up! Since Photobucket only lets me upload 50 at a time, there are still a few more, but... Here's some more from France!
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16th-Apr-2009 09:08 pm(no subject)
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And France part two....
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Anyhow, that's apparently all I have for now. Grr.

16th-Apr-2009 08:36 pm(no subject)
me
Strasbourg picture dump!
Actually, I'm going to start with Chateau du Haut-Koenigsburg. This place was pretty cool. Also, I don't believe I'll be putting any of my parent's pictures up, as I don't think I have them? Wait, that makes no sense. Ignore me. I'm not sure who took these. I think I did, but.. It doesn't really matter, does it!
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13th-Apr-2009 07:34 pm(no subject)
argh
No pictures this time around, just some information. Have I mentioned the lime green birds here before? They're parrot-like, smallish, and yes, lime green. They are all over in the area near the Studentenwohnheime. I'll try to get a picture sometime.  Basically, though, they look like completely green Lovebirds. All over the place. Constantly.
Anyhow, I've always found this odd. I mean, Heidelberg isn't exactly the tropical paradise I'd usually associate with birds like this. I sit out on the balcony a lot and read, which generally degenerates into staring off towards the horizon or watching those birds. I was thinking earlier about how I needed to ask Daniel about them. So, who should walk up to window behind me and see me peering at the birds but...yes, Daniel. And he volunteered the information without me even beginning to ask! Apparently they're birds escaped from the zoo! This would explain why the area of greatest concentration is Neuenheimer Feld.
Another mystery solved!
Now, if I can only figure out the matter of the floating eyeball...
11th-Apr-2009 12:13 am(no subject)
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Today was a prime day for the garden.
While I wound up with a nice sunburn, the weather was perfect and the frogs were out en masse!
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9th-Apr-2009 10:36 pm(no subject)
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Uploading the France pictures at the moment.. I'll try to get them online tonight, since I have no classes to wake for tomorrow.
Interestingly (to me, at any rate), the University and apparently all the businesses in town are closed on Monday for Easter. I find this odd.
When I was taking the bus in to town this morning, we pulled up to the Botanischer Garten stop. There was a kid approaching the bus walking with the aid of two canes. He was walking slowly for obvious reasons. When he was less than four feet away, the driver closed the door and drove away. It was one of the nastier things I've seen anyone do in a while.

On another note, there was a Chinese girl in my lit class today wearing pants printed with the following: "My Dipstick needs Lipstick"
I kid you not. If there would have been any way to take a picture, I would have. As it was, I had a hard enough time not audibly laughing.
8th-Apr-2009 10:58 pm(no subject)
me
Today I discovered how long it takes to walk home from the Altstadt- exactly one hour. It's a pleasant walk.
Started a new lecture today, and that was interesting. I've never attended what I would consider a real lecture like that before. Usually the professors entertain questions and use powerpoints or something... This guy showed up right when class started and immediately started talking. And talking. For an hour and a half. Just lecturing about 1000 years of German and European history. The only visual aids came in the form of some maps out of a book projected on the wall with one of those old mirror-based projector systems. It was actually pretty mind-boggling. Took a good ten minutes before I was acclimated well enough to get most of what he was saying, because this class isn't being "dumbed down" for foreigners. Anyhow, I'm wondering if this is more of the traditional style of University lesson?

So, more pictures. I was fully intending on posting the pictures from France and finally finishing off all of the vacation stuff, but apparently I haven't even uploaded them yet...which will probably take around an hour. So for now, here's the Botanischer Garten from the beginning of the week. I took my 25cm Obitsu Wilhelm with...Because I'm lame.
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7th-Apr-2009 04:16 pm(no subject)
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Another gorgeous day! The weather seems to be trying to make up for the past month and a half of constant cold and rain. I love it! Spending time almost every day in the garden, and it's all growing so fast. I have pictures from a couple of days ago, but since then it's already changed so much! Today I went to Arum's for lunch. We had a very German meal: mashed potatoes (They have potato flakes here! Who knew!), sauerkraut, and Leberknödel. Quite nice. Last night, I wound up watching a Chinese movie (spoken, however, in Cantonese) [[ETA: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118845/ ]] with the Taiwanese and the Chilean girls who live on floor 7. It was an interesting movie. We had Chinese and English subtitles on because the Taiwanese girl needed the Chinese to understand the Cantonese.
On that note, I'll get to the pictures from Tübingen. It's taking me too long to get these online!
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4th-Apr-2009 02:45 pm(no subject)
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Still no more pictures, but perhaps tonight. For now, just a couple of useless anecdotes.
I have no class on Fridays. I was sitting on a bench outside, reading Pratchett in German. Two women walked up the sidewalk, and when they were even with me I noticed them staring. After a moment, one of them came up to me and informed me that they'd been trying to decide for the last couple minutes if I was a statue or not. She asked to take my picture. It was all very strange.
Also, as the weather has gotten warmer, I've learned two things about the fridge. One, it doesn't stay cold as well when it isn't freezing outside. Two, my fridge-compartment is bigger than I formerly believed. Exactly how much bigger I'm not yet certain. See, a couple of days ago, I opened it up to find about a centimeter of standing water inside. It turns out what I thought was the back wall is actually a block of ice that's at least 3cm thick, if not more. I'm wondering what will be exposed as it melts; a human hand? A dead rat? A whole frozen Mammoth?
I'll be sure to keep you updated on this riveting tale.
31st-Mar-2009 09:13 pm(no subject)
me
Today was another beautiful day in Heidelberg! No classes to attend, so I went out for another walk. Sat in the garden for a few hours reading some Pratchett in German. After a while, a Danish girl I'm vaguely acquainted with showed up, and we ended up talking for uh, two hours? The school system in Denmark is so different from the system in the US. It was an interesting, if occasionally slightly awkward couple hours. Wandered back, and have been sitting here ever since. Just spent a few minutes in the kitchen, where a Taiwanese girl and a Chilean girl are teaching a Greek guy how to cook something... in English. This place is always a trip. The Taiwanese girl is really sweet. We've talked quite a bit... She's been here for six months so far, but still apparently doesn't speak much German? Every time she talks to me, it's in English.

Anyway, what you really want to see is the pictures, right? So... Schwarzwald. Trees, hills, snow... everything the Black Forest should be!
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