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Getting my Germany On
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Getting my Germany On

05/30/10 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life

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Now that the rapid pace of tourist life is behind me, I've been relaxing with some old exchange friends and meeting some new intern people through my program.

I had to return to Berlin for an orientation program, which gave me time to see the German Technological Museum (For only 2.50!). Boy was it worth it! One of the best museums I've ever been to, it was absolutely huge and covered naval, aeronautic, rail, photographic, film, artistic, and brewing technology through the centuries. Definitely an attraction worth visiting in Berlin.

After visiting the Embassy, our group headed out for a night of clubbing. This was actually the first club I've ever been to. They definitely create an interesting environment. It cost men twice as much as women to get in, and the women got 10 $1 off coupons. We showed up at 10:30 which it turns out is a bit too early, but by 11:30 things were hopping and we had a great night.

One thing I've been noticing everywhere I go are these little garden colonies (I thought they were trailer parks at first). Rather, they are a series of about 10m x 10m gardens with 2m x 2m huts on them that people purchase. When I arrived in Hannover on Saturday, I was lucky enough to experience one. The one I went to wasn't part of a colony, but rather was tucked behind a warehouse and fenced in. It's truly amazing to enter one. Passing through the fence I was instantly transported from a commercial area to the natural feel of this huge garden. His measured about 40m x 40m with a small hut of 4m x 6m.

My friend plays on a Men's casual (As casual as soccer ever is in Germany) team. And this gathering was with most of the team. We watched the exhibition game of Germany vs. Hungry while grilling dinner and drinking beer. A very classic and fun German night. But it wasn't over yet...

After the game, the finals of Eurovision Musik Contest were on. This is apparently HUGE in Europe (And I'd never heard of it). It's basically like American Idol, but only occurs once a year, and each country in Europe only has one contestant. The contest requires that all singers be "Undiscovered" or new. It also has apparently been going on since the 1930's, and has lead to people like Celene Dion and ABBA being discovered. So big thing. Also, voting is done in such a way, that you cannot vote for the country you are calling from (I.E. Germans cannot actually vote for the German singer), which is interesting.

Anyways, the German contestant was from Hannover (The city where I am) so it was a big deal. So for viewing this show, we left the garden with a bucket of beer and a noise maker, and hopped on the street bahn. After awarding a random person on the bus with a beer, we headed inside one of the players' house. His basement is apparently just a stone room which is actually a bar. So we spent the rest of the night there.

As it turns out, the German singer was very good and ended up winning, which made for a very exciting night. We went to see her arrive back in Hannover today, where thousands of people greeted her in front of city hall. Very cool to be a part of.

That's the news! Glad I finally figured out what those little shacks were. Soon I'll be settling down in Munich for my internship, but the travel will hopefully continue. Till next time!

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