Thursday, 30 April 2009

Kiel for the third time

One day before labor day I went to Kiel for the third time. After my second round interview Fabian showed me around the city a bit and we also went to see the beach! :).

You can see the whole album on facebook (picasa hot linking fails so often, I resent to use it...):
[KIEL for the 3rd time ALBUM]
I also visited Hamburg one month before that but Phil (see Colonge post) has the photos and since he's in Thailand working as a model now I guess I will never get the photos. Oh, well...

You can see the photos of first visit to Kiel here:


And here's a selection of the best from last time:

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Viva Colonia

20th - 22nd February I was in Cologne (Köln) w/ the Canadians. And yes, it was Carnival! Not one of the special Carnival days but still the city was one big party (see video below).
On the first evening (when the girls were still in Berlin) Phil and I enjoyed some Ethiopian (finger)food, yumyum

Is there anything better than going out for a great meal??!

(This was in a Korean restaurant in Berlin. I'm not in the photo cos I took it... obviously...)

But back to Cologne!

Never have I seen so many Pfannkuchen in my life... And no, dear people they're NOT "Berliner" - for all you non-Germans: I'm talking about jam-filled German donuts that we eat during carnival ^^. Apparently they're called "Berliner" everywhere in Germany except for Berlin.

^ not so funny for me as a Berliner :P ;)

Speaking of which. When I was taking a photo of one huuuuuge "mountain" of Pfannkuchen, a man behind me said to his wife "Look at her, she's taking a photo of the Berliner."
Maybe he thought I didn't understand German, maybe he really thought taking photos of food was something weird (pardon me??), either way: I turned around and said:

"That are not Berliner, they're Pfannkuchen. :)"
(I think he didn't get it, it should imply that I'm from Berlin, well whatever...)

Here's the shot:

It was extremely difficult to get a typical Cologne beer (Kölsch) in the supermarket even in the afternoon!! Also the champagne was all gone. All that was left was non-alcoholic beer, beers from other areas and weird mixes like Cappucino-Beer *yuck*. Prove for the "Biernotstand":

We also met Nicole, a friend of mine who's doing her phd in Berlin but is originally from the Cologen area.

I got the tiger gloves in Korea, they're "normal" gloves for kids! Unfortunately, I lost them in Cologne :(

I finally found a way to show you most of the (thousands...) of photos I like to take :P. I made a slideshow (plus two short videos at the end) and uploaded it to youtube. If you have an account there, please comment/rate :)

The editing might not be the best, I apologize.

Here's one personal photo, I know you wanted to see those.

my t-shirt was a b-day present from Bert!
(yey for (too expensive) George Gina & Lucy bags...)

And I like this photo: my two Canadian (ok, one German-Canadian-...<-- NOT talking about Emily here hehe) friends having Reibekuchen w/ Apfelmus

That's all for now, folks!
I plan to post the rest of my photos/experiences in Korea soon (?). Did you really think it stopped at Busan?!
Until then: take care :)

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Best Wishes from the Beeeeach

Taejongdae Park near (?) Busan. The nice bus driver recommended a route for me (despite my crappy Korean :P).

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Busan Part 2

went w/ Julia to a "Latino" Bar where there were African masks at the wall and American sports themed table decoration. Oooo-kaaaay... The waiter was very eager to talk English to us...

When taking the taxi back after we missed the last subway by about 5mins (duh), we had some difficulties explaining the driver where we wanted to go since we didn't speak Busan dialect. (On a side note: I find Busan dialect to be really funny... sort of melodious in a weird way and hard to understand). When he finally understood our destination [동서 ], he repeated it fiercly in Busan dialect pronounciation [동스!!!!], correcting us stupid foreigners ;).

One of Busan's most famous spots is the Jagalchi Fish Market, some selected photos and a short video (nothing for vegetarians or even carnivores with a weak heart: FULL OF GORE!)

Though Busan Tower is not as stylish as Seoul Tower, it still allows a beautiful view over the city:
(I recommend to click on the photos or you won't see the ships!!)

On my way to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery...

... unfortunately I was too late and they were closed already :P so here's a photo of a photo of the cemetery...

On my way back a nice ajuhshi asked me whether I was from Seoul (err no, Germany) and despite my horrible Korean abilities chatted with me all the way to the subway station, asking me things like "At what age do people marry in Germany?"
Something like this would never happen in Seoul. Some people like it, some don't and prefer to be left alone.

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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Busan Part One

Visited a friend from TU Berlin Taekwondo, Julia, who is currently doing a master's in biotechnology at a university in Busan (thanks again for letting me camp on your (heated) floor!! :) ). Busan (or Pusan to match the pronounciation better) is South Korea's 2nd largest city and a harbour (and seafood) city, close to Japan.
In the subway, the stations are announced first in Korean, then in English (as in Seoul) and the main stations are additionally announced in Japanese and finally Chinese. The signs are also written in all four languages.

I will post some more photos of Busan at another time, first some photos from the seeeea :D

Gwangalli Beach and the bridge (that changes its colour)

C'est moi at the harbour

Haeundae Beach

(funny "no smoking" sign in the back)

I stayed 3-4 days in Busan, so more photos to come!

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Friday, 7 November 2008

Cut it off brutally!!

Met my cousin in Myeongdong (명동) to go to the hairdresser and the "Nail Shop", afterwards we met one of our uncles for some Japanese Shabu Shabu. The hairdresser included a short neck massage and the nail shop a short hand massage. *sigh*, I wish the service was like this in Germany...
Not sure how much the nail service was cos my cousin treated me but heck, who has so much time?? First they cut off the excessive skin from the nail area, then they use several other layers of I-don't-know-what, then the vernice, more layers, then you get to dry the nails under some kind of nail dryer thingy for about 20 min. But even after this time I wasn't able to even slightly touch my nails (like when getting something from my inside my bag) for the next 45mins! The vernice was already ruined... Also I can't use chopsticks w/o touching my nails :(.
Here are some photos of my cousin, me (w/ the new haircut) and the shabu shabu!

14th November

"Ein Bild fuer die Goetter!" - wasn't able to take a good photo of these scenes w/o coming off as a total stalker... so use your imagination.
Friday afternoon in the Coex Mall in a game center: two schoolgirls (in uniform) and a business man (in a suit and tie) brutally splattering monsters with machine guns. You should have seen the (virtual blood) and the two school girls with the guns kehehe...

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Monday, 27 October 2008

Seoul Tower / Wonju

I'm skipping some photos of Seoul Sightseeing Tours with my uncle and will include selected photos in themed photo albums later on (so stay tuned *hehe*).
For now I will share photos of Seoul Tower (Namsan) that were taken on October 27th (Mon).

The sight from the tower is truely worth a photo! (or two or three or...)

Couples like to spend time up here.

So far away from Berlin! :)

The Tower!!

Went to my mom's sister in Wonju (29th Oct - 30th...), since there are no special things to see in Wonju, some photos of us :P

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