Rapid file speed blogging starts now.
I’ve been putting this off way to much, and I need to catch up on my entries. After last post, I mentioned that I would be talking next about budget travel. So let’s begin.
At the moment, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the following locations in chronological order:
Each of these trips were only for a weekends time, but it’s insane how much money it’s possible to spend over the course of 3 days. For instance, transportation to a city within Germany and back alone can easily cost over 100 euro by train. This doesn’t include food, accommodations, inner-city transport, beer, etc. which can easily match that cost.
The simple solution is knowing your options.
Getting to and from a location is much simply and often faster by high-speed rail, but it’s going to cost you a lot. I normally use a ride-share service known as Mitfahrgelegenheit to catch cheap car rides or group train tickets from one city to another. For example, I was able to get to Berlin and back for 28 euro. 20 euro to and from Utrecht, Netherlands. That makes simple getting to a city somewhat affordable.
Now you’re there. Hotels are pricey, and hostels can often be as well depending on city/location/season. I find staying with a friend who lives in that city (obviously) or CouchSurfing the best approach for getting by. This usually costs about nothing. Plus, if you couch surf you get cool new perspective on a city that you would not have seen as a tourist.
So now you’ve gotten to a city, you have a place to stay, and you’ve ended up doing all of that for almost nothing. You’re now free to enjoy the weekend and spend your precious intern earnings on the important things in life. Mainly, beer and fun city attractions. A mixture of the two is optimal.
Next post, I’ll move back to the topic of culture.
The photo above was taken from the Reichstag in Berlin and consists of several photos combined to a very wide angled shot.
Above I present to you a photo from the top of the German parliament building in Berlin. It kind of has that whole 1984 vibe going for it. Great! Now back to me.
I figured I should break the radio silence on tumblr (as well as the International Co-op Program blog which I am far behind my required 20 posts.) In the spirit of that, I’ll talk about some fairly mundane subjects today.
As previously known, I am working for the German space program, and I’m having a great time. I love the work I’m doing (embedded system design for satellites) and the people I work with are great. Everyone knows that the euro is worth far more than the US dollar, and that Europe in general is more expensive in terms of living. Internships here also do not generally have the same level of compensation as in the US. These factors combined, and a fairly big change life is needed in order to not only survive, but also to be able to get out of the city and travel on some weekends. This is my rapid-fire list of how to thrive. Number…
That’s all for the domestic life. In the next episode, I’ll cover how to travel effectively. Expect that post sometime before the next US presidential election.
First, the above picture is from a Bremen CouchSurfing meetup. This is a photo of a fire poi performance put on by a Bulgarian and Australian guy who were both super good at it.
It’s about that time I write another wall of text. It’s been a good while since the last one, since I really never have the urge to write. I have, however, been doing quite a bit of photography work for the timelapse of Bremen that I’m currently putting shooting, and I’m picking up my guitar playing as well. Those two things pretty much fill in the empty time I have, as little as it is. I’ve been really busy with a few different groups of people here in Bremen. One of those being the local CouchSurfing group.
I really can’t emphasize how great the CouchSurfing community is for anyone trying to get set up and meet friends in a new city. Everyone I’ve come into contact with has an very open mind, a helpful attitude, and are a ton of fun to be around. The type of people that the service attracts are the type of people who know exactly how to show you their city and the culture that exists there.
The other group that I spend time with are the other interns in the company for which I’m working (DLR). For a fairly small campus, there are a lot of interns there. We’re all located between just a few close rooms, which is a good thing for communication and community. Many an evening have been spent grilling dinner and playing football (yea, soccer) on the riverside, or a game of poker fueled by beer and pizza. I always have a good time, and it’s a great way to practice my German though it’s very hard to keep up with native German speakers in a conversation amongst themselves. Very hard.
Today, a few of the interns and I went to Bremerhaven, a harbor town north of Bremen to hang around and visit some museums. It’s a very beautiful seaside port and makes for a great day-trip from the city. Even though it was on-and-off rainy, we managed to spend the day walking on the waterfront and at the Schiffahrtsmuseum (“Ship Travel Museum” is the best translation I can come up with at the moment.)
That’s all for now. Next time I’ll get into some detail about the project I’m currently working on and the smaller ones I have previously worked on at DLR.