Back in the U.S.

Quick post: I’m back at my parents’ in Illinois, jet lagged and disoriented from 20+ hours of travel. I have a bunch of half-written blog posts that I need to sort out before I can post them (not to mention IRL things like doing my taxes, catching up on my health checkups, and looking for a job). I have two more days of Florence stuff to cover, (more…)

Six Days of Drinking

Thursday opened the Karneval celebration proper in Cologne. Several of my coworkers took Thursday and Friday off, either to spend more time celebrating or to run away from the city-wide party. So things were really busy while we struggled to make up for the missing people, so it was pretty much all work and no play. Nonetheless, (more…)

Merkel Monday

Things have been quite busy lately, between preparing the annual report design project at work – which has been occupying whole days for me – and searching for a new flat before my current lease runs out. Due to this search I missed the end of the Midgard game on Tuesday, so I will have to get the story from one of the other players (more…)

Snowy Berlin

I took the train up to Berlin on the 25th to stay with Janine’s family. My train was cancelled, which made things exciting, and I finally got in around 11pm, and between the cold and the long day, I was pretty happy to hear Janine’s mom had some delicious duck leftovers ready for me. Nom nom! (more…)