My stint with the university is going on well. Had dinner (noodles) last
night and crashed around 2100hrs, Got up today only at 0830! Thankfully
my feet were no longer swollen. Had a lot of things to do in the
university, some registration with the stuttgart city council,
insurance, etc. Right opposite the stittgart city council is a huge
supermarket called Schwaben Gallery, Where you have some supermarkets
for food, clothing, fashion and then a place called Media Markt, where
they have everything electronic! Everything except the Grundig World
Band radio i was looking for. And one more thing! i wonder who got this
concept of importing things from abroad saying it's cheap. I certainly
didnt't find anything cheap here! the Sony 7600G World band radio which
i was following in india, it costs 199Eur here and it was around 7K in
india! Apple iPod touch is 219Eur, and 14K in india. A swiss army knife,
which i bought costs 63Eur here but back when i bought it, it was around
3K. Oh well, the stuff like bus ticket and stuff is explainable, a
4-stop bus ride costs 1Eur 95Cent for one direction. A map of stuttgart
costs 7Eur. A Veggie Delight Sub at Subway with 0.5Ltr coke and a cookie
costs 4Eur 99Cent. I'm like "just take it and go!" to the people at the
billing counter! One thing though, nobody ever complaing about change!
every place, every bus and every train station has change, in abundance!
And things are kinda over-organized, like say if a vending machine has
something for 50Cent, you can either put in 50Cent, or 20+20+10 or if
you put in 1Eur, it gives back the change! Crazy i tell you!
Everything is German, I get damn scared whenever someone asks me to sign
at the bottom of some printed paper, scared, that i'll end up signing
the ownership of my own life. But then the thought occurs to me, my life
is nothing important to them, why would they take the trouble of
printing a two sheet document just to own my life :P when they can do it
by flashing a knife!
Eating habits are still not optimal, Had Noodles last night, breakfast
cereal this morning, 0.5Kg of fresh grapes in the afternoon, Sub + Coke
+ cookie in the evening. Not sure what to do at night. But i bought some
bread, jam, some more breakfast cereal, soups, ketchup, milk, yoghurt,
buttermilk, sugar, salt...... everything pure veg and edible! yippie!
Got a sim card this evening, darn thing still ain't working! it seems
T-Mobile is experiencing some problems! if it doesn't work by tomorrow
then i guess i'll have to spend 4Eur to go back to the T-Mobile store
and get it sorted. Thinking of buying a better phone, a blackberry
perhaps, my eyes took a good glance at it and made my body fall in love
with it! so don't blame me! I know I know, i'm a student, blah blah! but
dast ist Zuper, Zehr Gut!"
By the way, i did the shopping and the sim card and the Subway stint all
alone, taking a bus to the city and carrying back around 10kg of stuff
back to my room! i lack a fridge here. The staying arrangements are
quite weird, There's like a flat.....err...... an huge room with a door,
and that huge space is divided into separate rooms, two separate
bathrooms and one kitchen. All this in the huge room i mentioned. The
kitchen has just one fridge, which is kinda crowded, gotta ask around
for prices of a small fridge!
Well, these few people taught me some stuff which i'd forgotten, like in
the supermarket, things at the eye level are always the highest prices,
things further down and further up will be much cheaper than things at
your eye level. But sometimes these people, i think, try to save too
much. Well, I'm not the "extreme saving" types, but i'm not a
spendthrift too, I guess people in the hostel are gonna faint if they
hear i ate at subway! Well, it made me happy! Felt like home! :)
It's 7 in the evening and the sun hasn't set, this can create some
problems in the future with my sleep cycle! My German dictionary is
finally coming to use! It's helpful till you memorize some translations
and some sentences like "where is the toilet" :| I kinda finished my
calling card quite soon, in one day :| 20 Eur in a day to call India!
This can't go on forever! but then, tomorrow is the day i'll be getting
my internet (hopefully) and so i guess i'll have to manage till then!
without cellphone and without internet, is like, too bad! That's all i
can say, cause i'm lost for words! The weather is very pleasant, it's a
warm 26 Deg Centigrade in the daytime! Clear but busy skies, cause of
the nearby frankfurt airport, the sky, when you look up, is at least
full of 2 or 3 planes. Sometimes the whole sky is cris-crossed with
streaks from airplanes, with as many as 15~20 streaks! people are so
happy with the weather that they come is all sorts of short clothes! the
only people wearing full clothing are the ones from the middle east,
Asia, Micronesia, Africa and India, Everybody else, take most of it off!
Met some classmates too, So far one guy from India, former techie - IBM,
2007 passout from chemical engineering, Arkapovo Goshal, one girl from
Greece her name is pronounced "Andro-mahi", gotta ask her to write it
down and paste it on her chest, Chemical engineering masters holder.
Another one from Philipines, Angeli, Civil Engineering. Two guys from
Africa, one from Ethiopia and one from Eritrea, I don't remember the
names, cause they needed another African to explain, in German, how to
write the name, to the insirance office girl! So i saw no point in
trying to remember it on the first day! There's William (i think) from
There're two seniors i know so far. Alexander Mack, Civil Engineering
Graduate, German National, a real fit guy and Ameen, Irrigation
Engineering Graduate, From Iran who knows everything about the Hostel
and the university, a pro-active guy, and quick witted, but quite
friendly, sometimes "bossy" and the "all knowing" type, but a real nice
Bought plug converters (with grounding)! so finally my MacBook is safe!
There're a lot of things that happened yesterday and today! I forgot
what i have tomorrow! with all my mails in IMAP and no connection to the
internet, I'm kinda stuck without internet! well, that's cause the
college corresponds to me only via email. I'll have to search out my
fellow classmates and ask them what's up for tomorrow!
One more weird thing i notices is when i'd been to the insurance office,
i saw 4 book which showed you how to exercise various parts of your
body! they have that here cause if you don't do it and you end up
falling sick or injuring something, they have to pay for it! :)
Ah the first drops of rain in Germany! :) nice to see! Cheers!