Enter summer, exit friends

Dienstag, 02. Juni 2009, 19:31 Uhr von Felix

While the summer finally arrived this week, most of my friends left. Thus, the last week was another week of saying goodbye. I was constantly meeting people to spend some time with them.

On Monday, I went one last time with all my Spanish friends to the Lemon to have a nice crêpe and a coffee. Afterwards I had to say goodbye to Carmen and Óscar, because both left the day after. I’m really not good at goodbyes.

On Tuesday, I ate out together with Luisa and Natalia in Captain Americas and attended the pub quiz afterwards. With a little help from some other Erasmus students that joined us, we were able to finish last but two. Remarkable! Go, go team Flying Squirrel. The questions about Ireland broke our neck. However, I learnt that Navan is the only palindrome town in Ireland, that Tipperary borders on eight other counties and some more useless facts. Natalia left the day after.

On Wednesday, I went with Chris and Ennis to Trim. You can see some photos of that trip in an earlier entry.

On Thursday, Chris and I met up with Isabel and Berta, who wanted to ramble and take all the tourist photos. Of course, we started with a coffee. The Lemon was overcrowded and the weather was very nice, so we took the coffee to St. Stephen’s Green and sat/laid down in the grass to enjoy the sun after picking up some great white chocolate with berries from the local Butler’s branch. Later, Ennis and Simone joined us and we bumped into some friends. Thus, the afternoon passed by so quickly that we did not go anywhere else that day except for a brilliant dinner at Berta’s place. On Friday, Ennis left for vacation.
Thursday was a really awesome day. Here are some photos of my friends and me enjoying the day.

On Friday, we went to the Thomas Read to party one last time with Berta, Isabel and Luisa and listen to Brian again. Luisa, the president of the first unofficial international Brian Brody fan club, was very happy when he joined us for a pint and a chat after the gig.
The three girls left the morning after.

Bye bye, friends! It was nice to meet you, great to spend time with you and very hard to say goodbye. I’ll see you again; be it in Ireland, in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland or the Czech Republic. Until then: enjoy your summer and don’t forget me. I won’t forget!

College Week No. 3

Montag, 23. Februar 2009, 20:21 Uhr von Felix

Do you lack self-esteem? Want to feel really popular? Just bring a bag of nachos to a party. Thanks to Fernando, I was known as “Nacho Guy” at Audrey’s birthday party on Saturday. We went to his new flat afterwards. Sadly, I promised not to write about the guy who danced with an ironing board. If someone asks, you did not hear this from me.

Last Monday Katharina arrived. She’s a friend of Frau Schmidt from Dresden. As she arrived two weeks after everyone else due to exams, I told her a bit about how the ITT works and helped her to find the right people to talk to. In the evening we went into town, where I introduced her to Isa and Chris. We just love Grand Canal Square after nightfall, so we went there together with Katharina. Well, she seemed to like it, too. Although there’s not really much to see and you won’t find it in a tourist guide, I think it’s really worth going there, because of the atmosphere. Difficult to describe, you better see for yourself.

Wednesday is salad day. Again we met at Carmen’s place. Chris and I prepared a superb salad: iceberg lettuce, cashew nuts, chicken breast fillet, feta cheese, cocktail tomatoes… anything your heart desires. I really could get used to having one proper meal per week. Even in the evening, when we went to the Captain Americas with the InCuSo and everyone ate as if he hadn’t seen any food for a whole week, I was still saturated. Yummi.

On Thursday we got all our exam results from the winter semester. Although my exam results were very much okay, I was a bit disappointed about some of them. In particular HRM, where I really wanted to get an A after all the effort I had put in the project. I asked my lecturer if he could give me some feedback on my exam to find out what went wrong.

Less than 24 hours later I met him in person. That’s really great service! He was extremely punctual (“I don’t want to let a German wait.”), well-prepared and explained to me what he expected from his students (a lot) and made clear that most of my answers were rather good, but lacked details. I know exactly that I would have performed better in this respect if there was not the lack of preparation time due to the extraordinary circumstances. At least my English met his high standards. Still, I’m not too happy about the results. I really hope this semester’s exam timetable will be better.

Nevertheless, the weekend was great. Thibaut invited everyone to have a party in his house on Friday and I went to the Lemon with some friends on Saturday. Afterwards we said hello at Natalia and Manu’s birthday party in Tramway Court. Here’s a bunch of last week’s photos:

New Arrivals

Samstag, 07. Februar 2009, 23:19 Uhr von Felix

The new Erasmus students arrived. Well, at least most of them. There are not too many; just about twenty. Most of them are French. Then there are some from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

On Wednesday we invited them to go to Captain Americas in Tallaght with us so that we could get to know each other. It was nice. That evening Carmen taught me the lyrics of the famos Chiqui Chiqui by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre. “El chiqui chiqui mola mogollon…”
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Klaus’ Birthday

Samstag, 06. Dezember 2008, 22:33 Uhr von Felix

Wednesday’s CA in Software Development was rather easy (singly-linked list) and therefore went pretty well although I lacked some hours of sleep. In the evening we celebrated Klaus’ 21st birthday with a few pints of delicious Bulmers in Captain Americas, Tallaght (good: they had student discounts and a pint was just 3€, bad: karaoke night, which means bad singers at a way to high volume).
It was nice, but I had to leave early, because of the presentation on Thursday. Here are some photos:

By the way: that night I met Colin, a nice and friendly guy from my HRM class, and confronted him with the rumours about his (ex-)membership in an Northern Irish boyband. Although he was a bit surprised, he did not deny it. Quite the contrary: he promised me to show me some of his “cheesy, commercial” (his own words) music someday next week. Research using Google and YouTube was so far rather… shocking!?