Kerstin and I have had a busy month during August and have been settling into to the apartment in Dortmund. We enlisted the help of Kerstin’s younger brother and her friend Evelyn to help us undertake the mammoth task of painting the remainder of the apartment during our first weekend, which happily we managed in one day flat. After already painting the bedroom and some of the study, I was amazed at the difference the quality of paint can make. Buying good quality paint definitely cuts down the time required!
I promised some photos of the apartment and I have delivered in the photo album section. I have also added the photos from the Rise festival, and check out the longest dreads ever.
We have been to a few cool parties and although we haven’t been out properly for a big night out, we have been out to a couple of bars and tried them out. The first was FZW, an over 30’s night in the local area. We didn’t go because I am over thirty now though, but because we had heard it was a good night out. It was and we really enjoyed ourselves! We have also tried the SkyBar, a surreal experience of a beach transplanted on the top of a multi storey car park. Seemed to work though and we are looking forward to going there on a weekend when it is more busy and a bit sunnier. You have to take an outside workman’s style lift to get there, which all adds to the experience. These kind of “beach bars” are very popular here in Germany. the thought of building a beach, miles away from the sea seems to appeal to the German psyche!
We have been to the local university to play badminton twice, but to be honest the setup isn’t what I enjoy. It is not really organised and people just go there and play with the people they arrived with. Nobody crosses over and people have a tendency to play singles when sharing a court with another couple, rather than think about playing doubles. I might have to look elsewhere for a better badminton club in this area.
Work wise things are good, with fairly constant work and some interesting projects. I’ve been working on a Microsoft SQL Reporting Services project for the last week, that has been quite a challenge. More to come I hope. I have also done a couple of days for some of my old colleagues from the now defunct Apex Interactive too, which is even more ASP.NET in the commercial environment.
Kerstin is now back to work and we are trying to work out our daily schedule so that we fit together in the apartment in a way that we both like. Out main problem is that she starts work very early, getting up at 6.30am, whilst I work on UK office hours that are an hour behind us, hence I could sleep in until 9am quite easily. Since the badminton isn’t working out so well, I am looking for another sport to do, so maybe I can fit it in before I start work. There is a new swimming pool being built around the corner that should open soon, so maybe that might be an option.
From the language side, I’m still failing dismally. I hope to put that right sooner rather than later and have a meeting at a language school next Monday as I feel like I am missing out. I am also feeling what it is like to be the foreigner for once, and although I seem to be the “interesting one” at parties, a bit of the language wouldn’t go amiss!
No bank holiday here and it’s business as usual, plus a national election on its way next month. Should be interesting as Schroeder called it himself. Good to see that the Germans have a leader that isn’t a fascist nutcase and actually listens to the people who voted for him. I hear it is now illegal to protest outside parliament, under slimy new laws from Mr Tony BLIAR!