sorry for my rather long absence in the WWW, but all the libraries were closed over the public holidays...
Hope you enjoyed a nice christmas+I wish a happy new year 2007. I survived christmas without becoming melancholic or constantly intoxicated. I was in church!!! and cooked indian with another German around. Boxing Day I spent with Stuart's family and they did everything to keep my spirits up (basically with whiskey, guinness and rugby). Thanks to all of u, who did send a christmascard, it's always nice to find sometihing in the letterbox
Last friday a tourist group from Trier arrived and we had a great time together. Although the new year event in Belfast was cancelled because of bad weather.
Today I'm around with Yeats again. Some way to go, but ok, as long as I can see the light!
was the title of first official reading of some of my poetry on last Thursday. The reading is an monthly forum opnen to everybody writings simething similar to literature. I presented five poems:
Under a skylight
The fancy game
A 24-hour love
The Quest of the Old Man in the Cave
Feddback among the younger audience (i.e. my age) was quite good. For all of u who can't make out any sense of that entry. Enlightenment will come after my return.
Last week-end I spend in Baile Átha Cliath, also know as Dublin. The trip was organised by the International Friendship Association and did cost only ₤45. I really enjoyed the days down in the Republic. New impressions and nice people. Although I could not get completely rid of William. We met him in an exhibition in the National Library. Dublin is flooded with tourists. I doubt if there is one genuine Irishman/woman among 10 random people you meet on the street…The Irish capital is supposed to be the most expensive European city right now and I believe that. We visited the Guinness brewery as well and two mates (German and Spanish) spend almost an hour at the free sample area. That’s value for money.
Stuart had bought some tickets for the rugby match Ulster-Leinster this Saturday. Rugby has the highest prestige among sports in Ireland. It is considered to be the game of the gentleman in contrast to working-class soccer. Although it is quite tough (almost everything is allowed to stop the other team) and there was one casualty, it was surprising how the players acted very fair toward each other. The match is 80 minutes at all; weather was not that good it was a great sports event. I hope to another match on Boxing Day. Oh, the result; a 6:6 draw.
I finished my essays this week-end. Now I can invest more time in my intimate friendship to William again. As long as I don’t need Jack around for support everything is fine.
For all fans of stronger spirits: Bushmills is a very smooth whiskey from Northern Ireland. A good thing to finish a day with i.e. not EVERY day.
my "I love Bonn" umbrella was seriously affected by the strong wind blowing on the last week-end. I had to spend some time on repairing it...but now it is as good as new
This week I wrote two essays for my modules. So there was not much free time to do anything else. Still there are two more to go...*uarhhgh* Well, at least I signed up for the Dublin Houseparty in two weeks. The concept sounds quite familiar: take a bus full of international studends and drop them in a house at the outskirts of Dublin and there u r->Erstifahrt the Irish way.
Yesterday Eva recieved some visitors from Germany for the week-end. The house is now occuupied by our grand nation! Best thing: Mum send me an SPONGEBOB advent calendar. That's the cool stuff for cool people!!!!!
Ciara and me discovered in one of our trilingual classes (German, English, Gaelic), that there is no word for HAMSTER in Gaelic. It’s unbelievable that such an essential animal should be missing in a language at all. So we created ‘hamsteír’ and hope that the Royal Irish Academy will reward our effort with medals, money or something similar. For all of u the Gaelic basics:
Dia Diut (sprich: dschia ditsch) – Hi
All in all, it has been a rather moderate week without any notable scandals, orgies or anecdotes. At least William is always present. Next week we will get our essay topics…cannot wait to get started
We used the last week-end to visit Dominik, one of Eva’s fellow students from Heidelberg, at Galway. Gaillimh (Gaelic) is on the Western coast of the Republic of Ireland. Its university has 20-30 000 students compared to a total number of 90 000 inhabitants. It’s a little bit like Trier in regard to the atmosphere. We travelled by bus i.e. 7-8 hours. My bum is really flat now, some exercise must be done.
Galway is a lovely town and for all Ireland travellers an interesting stop. I enjoyed the sea, meeting new people and the genuine Irish pubs. And they have got Euro, what a blessing. Some very special friends I found in Syndy und Kloks (not sure about the pronunciation). Kloks is even able to walk under my jumber. Very special indeed, a big thank you to our host and Eva for that trip. Definitely a good thing to do.