Bogenschießen

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Saturday was a Sommerfest at Pilu’s work place. She was allowed to take a guest, so she invited me. Coincidently, the theme was the wild west. There was horse riding, electronic bull riding, Bow and Arrow shooting, bee bee gun shooting, and lots of western decor. There was evening a Texas cocktail. Ha cool.
We went for the afternoon, and Pilu and practiced our marksmanship as seen in exhibit A.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Yesterday Pilu and I used the special events room, which has an oven, to make apple crisp. It was good, but not entirely crispy. We invited the Jordanian guys to eat with us since we borrowed their pan to bake the apple crisp. In the evening Spain played Nigeria in soccer, so about 10 or so of us got together and watched it and ate pancakes. Stephen and Pilu had a nice little rivalry, but Spain ended up winning rather handily with 3-0.

Today herr Hulmut, the dormitory man, came to fix my shower and sink drain. The disadvantage of my excessive amounts of hair is the shower tends to get stopped up often. Also the sink here has no disposal, so I have to be careful to scrape all my plates. At first I was not doing that, and now I am reaping the consequences, a lake in my sink. :)

Hot Dogs Anyone?

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My international business experience, a chinese, hungarian, german,u.s.a., hotdog company...and hired

My international business experience, a chinese, hungarian, german,u.s.a., hotdog company…and hired


Last week was Sommerfest on the Hochschule. Basically the campus is closed and they have a bands, games, and, most importantly, hotdogs. Obi Tobi asked me f I wanted to sell hotdogs at the event in exchange for free entrance, drinks, and food. I figured it would be more fun to have a job and be involved, so I said si. It started around 16:00. Yang and I worked the stand for the first hour or so, and then Wan and Attila came to help. After that Wan and Yang would work for a while, then Attila and I would trade with them and so forth. Seeing as hotdogs were the only thing to eat there, we stayed rather busy. I was the money collector/bread & hotdog replentisher. It was rather fun, but I think all the Germans were confused as to why I was selling hotdogs.

Pilutes, plus her sweet new retro glasses, and I relaxing on some bean bags .

Pilutes, plus her sweet new retro glasses, and I relaxing on some bean bags .

Stephano enjoying a hotdog :)

Stephano enjoying a hotdog :)

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Good news, I found thee sweeper finally. Hooray. But that was about two weeks ago, and I haven’t seen it since. My carpet is slightly in need of sweeping again.

Last week on Tuesday, I lead the Bible study at CJB (the Bible study I attend on Tuesday nights). They were gracious and said for me to do it in English, although I think doing it in German would have been fun too. If anyone from FCA reads this, they will not be too surprised to know I did it over the book of James ;). Well really it was about the power of our tongues, and what the Bible has to say about our words, but I used the 3rd chapter of James as the key passage.

Last week the class international financial management started. It is three days a week for 2.5 hours lasting four weeks. I have had the exact same class at Southern already, but I find this teacher very interesting, so I am auditing the course.

I am almost on page 300 in Anna Karenina (written in German, yes I am proud of this)!

All of the my classes our over now. In July I have two tests. In Germany instead of having one week of finals, you have a whole month. So classes end in June, but I have tests on July 9th and 15th.

Tonight I am going to a young people’s outside church service. I am not exactly sure where or what it is, but Alyisa invited me, so I am going. I think Pilutes may come too. Sunday Pilu is making apple/plum crisp, and I will make pancakes for the clan and have a little party in the basement of the dormitory. Should be fun. We are headed to Lidl now to get the supplies.

There are days when you forget your keys…

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There are days when you forget your keys...

and some days you forget them twice! Yes, true story. After not having once locked myself out of my room in the past three months I have been here, I managed to do it twice in the same day! The first time made sense. I took my keys off my lanyard to go for a run, picked up my lanyard thinking my keys, which I had recently removed, were attached. Stephen let me borrow his card to try to open my ddoor, but I managed to simply destroy the card instead of opening my door. Paul came to the rescue though with his thug skills and opened the door. After running and dinner I went to Mueller to buy wrapping for Ani’s birthday present, and this time I flat forgot my keys. I don’t know where my mind is these days.Any way, this time I had taken my old Lion card so I practiced some thug skills of my own and broke into my own room. I even left some blood on the door frame from where I cut my finger trying to break in. I supposed that is not very thug like leaving so much evidence behind… I need to work on that. Needless to say, I am not a big fan of doors which lock automatically.

Vienna and Pfingsttreffen

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Last week was block week on the Hochschule, meaning there were block courses that took place only during that week. If you didn’t register for one, then you had the week free. Naturally I did not take a course, so I was able to go to Vienna on a trip organized by the engineering students. We chartered a bus with about 45 of us. The trip there was about eight hours driving time, but we stopped and visited a company which produces energy from pumping water from the Danube up a hill and then letting it running back down. So total it was about 12 hours I think. This was on the border with Germany and Austria.Our guide had a very srong accent. Normally my German is not good enough to distinguish between when I can’t understand because of the dialect or because my lack of German capability, but with this fellow I could most definitely hear the accent. The tag line for the trip was “Das ist die Behoooote” This is how the guide pronounced a word, and so ever after I would say that when I felt like talking but had nothing relevant to say.

We stayed in Vienna from Monday until Thursday. We visited two more companies and a Trash burning company. This was neat, though I wish we could have seen more of the actual process of separating the trash and burning it. We did get to see the monster claw picking up loads of trash and moving it to the bin where it should go. My concious had a slight pang when I threw away my bottle of joghurt soomthie directly after seeing all the trash. smeerr.

On Tuesday night we went to a club called “loco” and loco was fitting. Mainly it was so very crowded…yes on a Tuesday night. The music was finally good though. Pilu, Attila, Ludwig, and two other German girls and I left at the same time and walked around for an hour or so until we decided we were lost and it would be best to take a taxi home. Adventure indeed.

The last night Pilu, Attila, and I went to an orgen concert in Stephendom (the big church in the middle of the city). This was nice and relaxing for the last night. Afterwards we went to a cafe to try the famous Viennese Sachtorte ( I think that’s how it is spelled) and had some ice cream to go with it.

On the trip home, we visited a steel production plant. This was neat. Probably my favorite because we got to see the fiery stream of melted steel, the slabs of also fiery red steel after is was formed, and how they cool it. I managed to sleep most of the 8 hours home. Success.

The trip was fun, but I was so very glad to return to Ansbach and its peaceful self. I promised myself I would not travel again July. :)

The following Saturday I went to Pfingstentreffen with the Christian Bible study group I attend on Tuesdays. I played on our volleyball team all Saturday afternoon. Our team got 3rd! Woohoo. It was really fun. We had about four “sermons” so to speak. I could tell this time I could understand much better what the speaker was talking about. The schedule was very nice and relaxed. Sunday I took three or four naps I think. Lovely.

Also I have applied for 3 internships at Bosch in Ansbach, and am working on applying for one in Munich with Alliance Investments. I have also contacted the Catholic organisation here in Ansbach which works with women who have unexpected pregnancies and such. I would like to continue working to prevent abortions and help people dealing with the question of abortion if I do remain in Germany. In Vienna I saw an organisation which was very pro-life and had pictures of the developemental stages of a baby in the womb. I have emailed this organisation to inquire if they know of any groups in Germany similar to them, but have not yet heard anything. I am continuing to pray for God’s guidance in staying and in how to work to stop abortion and help those who are dealing with this issue. So we shall see.

I have been here well over two months now. Wild. Attila and I (possibly Pilutes too) are headed to eat cake at Ludwigs. After we will go to the gym…yes, cake+gym=results. :)

I want be lazy. I want be out in the sun with no work to be done. I want to be lazy.

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Hola. It is Saturday, and I have no classes until next Tuesday. Glorious. My voice is AWAL right now due to a cold, so typing is appropriate. Thursday I also had no classes because it was a national holiday in Germany to celebrate Christ’s ascension into heaven. I went with the Christian group on a hiking trip. It was very nice. The whole fellowship, kids to older people, went on the hiking trip. My throat was sore already and I felt tired before we left, but I think talking all day and hiking is what made me lose my voice. Monday is the excursion to Vienna with the engineering people, so I hope I will be better by then. Today I feel very drained. I finished my online Supply Chain Management class at the first part of May, so it is good to be done with that. Now I am trying to register for an online Bio class, but of course Southern isn’t offering one. I have checked with Pitt, I know dare I say it, but their online sections are both full. I found one from a Dallas community college, but the registrations process is rather involved. blah. This afternoon Pilu, Attila, Stephen, and I went to Real. I bought some Ricola cough drops. When I asked the worker where the drops were my voice sounded so bad I think he was thinking, “Yeah, you had better find those things and fast!!” After Real we all went to Attila’s and he made Polascenka (Hungarian pancakes, similar to crepes). The past week has been focused on finding/applying for jobs in the US and preparing my resume to apply for some internships at Bosch here in Ansbach. Today is my graduation at MSSU. Luckily they are streaming it live, so I can watch everyone graduate and hear the great words of wisdom bound to be imparted by the venerable guest speakers. Nahja. Oh wait, now they are giving out diplomas and are walking. I know these people. :)

Nürnberg Volkfest

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These two are fun stuff.

These two are fun stuff.

Same tent. It became rather full later. We did a train around the place while they played music. Ha It was legit.

Same tent. It became rather full later. We did a train around the place while they played music. Ha It was legit.

Bah sugar everywhere!

Bah sugar everywhere!

The crazy spinning ride! Fun!

The crazy spinning ride! Fun!

Train ride to Nürnberg. We couldn't manage to both look at the camera at the same time.

Train ride to Nürnberg. We couldn’t manage to both look at the camera at the same time.

Psht. Nothing like German Wurst und Brötchen.

Psht. Nothing like German Wurst und Brötchen.

Piiiiilu Sanchez Martin

Piiiiilus Sanchez Martin

This was the tent with the music, dirndls, lederhosen, pretzels, and German beer of course. The ceiling was all with Bavarian banners/flags, pretty neat.

This was the tent with the music, dirndls, lederhosen, pretzels, and German beer of course. The ceiling was all with Bavarian banners/flags, pretty neat.

We arrived!

We arrived!