Monthly Archives: November 2013

I actually like the Germans

I’d like to take this opportunity to write about something I just thought of, and tell you all a bit about what happened yesterday. I was thinking how much I actually like the Germans, they see that you’re blind and they react mostly indifferently, like they don’t care, that it’s all the same. You go to Spain and when they notice you’re blind everyone starts asking you questions and looking at you as if you’re different: How do you cook? How do you use your computer? You type so fast! It’s not that these questions bother me, but I can tell from very, very far that people usually look at us weird when they see we’re blind.

Yesterday Francesco and I went to the christmas market in Saarbrücken. We drank hot wine and took some pictures. I didn’t do much else apart from that, since I had 3 classes. On Tuesday Pablo and I went tandem hunting at sprachenzentrum, see if I can get to meet more Germans! Even though I know many, it’s always best to know many people from the country.

I’m on the newspaper

This sunday I appeared in the newspaper, diari de Tarragona! It makes me feel somehow great, to appear on the local newspaper and that my Erasmus stay in Germany is in the press, especially because there are thousands of Students who are doing the same as I am. I’m thinking that because of my blindness, maybe because I’m writing a blog, or maybe because I need to write instead of posting hundreds of pictures like most others do, I’m reaching a greater audience. This is what I always wanted to do since I started writing this blog. Help other students who want to go on Erasmus, and also reach out to other blind people who want to go to another country, either to do an university exchange or to live there.

You can read the article in Spanish under the following link: http://www.diaridetarragona.com/noticia.php?id=13678

Football day in Germany

Today we went to Kaiserslautern to watch football. Kaiserslautern was, in its days of glory, a very important team in the first division in Germany. For this reason, they have a big stadium. One day I was hanging out at University with Stefan (who is also blind) and we were talking about football. I told him that football wasn’t really my thing, but tat I liked to watch footbal now and then. He invited me to come with him someday to Kaiserslautern to watch a game, given that they had commentaries and description for the blind. Today was that day.
I was going to go with sergio, but last week he told me he wouldn’t be able to come. I asked Sébastien to come instead, an so we went. Sébastien is a coege of mne who’s also an erasmus stuent from France. He’s honest an nice.
Sébastien piced me up toay at 9:30 an we went with his auto to Kaiserslautern. When we arrived, we drank a coffee at a pace called Barbarosa (I know it souns Spanish, but it isn’t) an we met Stean and his friends there.
Stefan and his brother Christian are also blind, and they are in fact the only blind people I have met in Saarbrücken. Two more people came with us, Martin and Julian. They’re all honest and nice people. When we arrived at the stadium, there was alreayd lots of people. Even at barbarosa there were large groups of cheering people cherring for their team, a small group from Union Berlin too! Union Berlin is the team who played today against Kaiserslautern.
We arrived and went up to the southern area. The descriptions were great, it was easy to follow te match along. In Germany football is very intense, especially in big stadiums like this and there were many people cheering, Kaiseslautern to the left and a small group of about 1500 to the right cheering for Union berlin. we ended up winning 3 to 0, and every time they scored, we stood up and cheered. The loud speakers in the stadium played music and cheering every time. After the match we went to a greek restaurant and the food was excellent: a mixed plate of flesh, rice mixed with yogurt sauce, a greek salad and a huge beer! Then sébastien and I drove back to Saarbrücken, laughing and talking on the way.

The latest

I’m writing today to give you all the latest news from Germany. This wee’s started to be veeeery cold, with temperatures lower than 0 degrees C. This is really cold, especially for me, given that I’ve always lived in a hot and humid coastal town.
When I talk to people in Spain, they tell me how they have about 9 or 10 degrees and I envy them so much. Here you have to wear a scarf and a thick cap.
Tomorrow we’re going to Kaiserslautern to watch live football!! We’re 3 blind people (Stefan, his brother and I), and 3 others. 2 friends from Stefan and another guy from france. Sébastien and I are leaving from Saarbrücken to Kaiserslautern to meet with Stefan and his brother and the others.
Kaiserslautern is quite the important place, their team used to be in first division (thus the big stadium). They even comment the matches for blinks like us, you put these headphones on and they describe the game to you as if it was the radio. The thing is it’s going to be really cold, it’s open air and it’s a mountain!! So we better cover ourselves good.
On Sunday I’m appearing on Diari Tarragona! (local newspaper) they’ve given me an interview and they’re writing an article to appear on sunday. Everyone go get it! I’ll give the link to the article here, I’m sure it’ll be on internet as well.

As for the rest everything’s fine, I have classes and I meet with people, last weekend I was with Germans almost all of the time so very good practice! I just started reading a book in German by David Safier, Mieses Karma (bad Karma). Not sure if you’ve heard of it, he’s an author that writes spiritual commedy. I say spiritual commedy because he writes about topics like Karma, reincarnation, family happiness etc, but he writes in a way that’s very funny and
entertaining.
So, alles gut 😉 Good Friday ahead!

Philosophical ramblings from a sensitive guy

Note: Don’t read on if you don’t want to hear philosophical ramblings from a sensitive guy. BE WARNED!!

I was talking to a friend of mine  this morning, who lives back in Barcelona. She was telling me that she had an argument with her boyfriend. the story is that she went to a party last Saturday, and danced with another guy. She went on and told her boyfriend about it, because she didn’t want to lie to him. The guy became disappointed with her, and after some arguments he told her that he still loved her.

Then she felt really guilty, and this morning she got a message from his boyfriend telling her to dress warm, that he misses her and can’t wait to talk to her again. To this, she told me she feels really bad. My words were:
“Damn, I’m proud of your boyfriend. He’s making you grow up.”
She didn’t understand what I ment, so I begun explaining how communication between lovers works. No, I don’t want to make it look like I have thousands of years of experience, nor had thousands of girlfriends because it is not the case, but I believe I know, more or less, how the human mind and heart works.
I told her that he tries to understands her, while making it obvious that he is still hurt and that he’s going to have an awful day unless she does something to prevent it. This way he’s forcing her to assess and annalyze what she did.
I cannot begin to count how many times I have wished that someone who hurt me, even when its just a friend, did something to make everything better again. That the person who hurt had the balls to confront the situation and acknowledge a mistake they made, try to understand how the other person feels, reach for their heart.
The funny thing is, my friend said that she’s aware that by doing this, her boyfriend is making her grow up. Yet I had to tell her to thank him again, to let hi know that she appreciates what she does.
When a girl you love acknowledges that what she did really hurt you, that softens a sensitive guy’s heart. She was only worried that his patience was thinner and asked me if the guy was about to dump her if she kept doing that. She wouldn’t reach into his heart, she wouldn’t try to appologize, or even to explain hy she did what she did, why she danced with some other guy. She was only able to look at the negative side of the story and not reach into the guy. I told her that probably, that he’d dumped her if she kept doing that, unles she shows him that she’s guilty. Us guys aren’t seers, hek maybe we are. But it’s always better when things aren’t said. It’s not nice to have to assume everything just because of some superficial words. I told her to tell him as soon as possible how she feels, unless she wanted him to have an awful day. “seeing that would bring a huge smile right on his face and make  him fall in love with you all over again if you know your words. but you have to feel what yo8u feel, you cant just say that and go dancing with ome random guy at the next party you go to”
She said if it’d be ok to say “How about hey i just wanted to let you know that i feel really sorry for what happened last night”
I told her that that wouldn’t work. That’s too simplistic of a sentence; The heart needs to be poured out in everything when communicating with a lover, you can”t just say oh I’m so sorry for this and that and expect them to reach your heart. The heart needs a lifeline, powerful words that connect right to it and say “yes, this is the heart of the person I love”. It won’t work if you just show a superficial layer of what your heart feels.
Not sure if you people get what I’m saying, or why I’m writing this here right now. I’m just sick and tired of feeling that people don’t show their hearts in what they say, or of people telling me they have relationship problems because they’re enable to show their feelings propperly.
This also goes, of course, for parents and grown people. They often don’t know how to show their feelings. I know many will hate me for it because it’s going to make them think a  lot, but that’s how life works.
So ist das Leben, guys. I’m done rambling now, I swear. Have a good day everyone.

Santiano comes to Saarbrücken

On december 2nd, Santiano is coming to Saarbrücken.
Santiano is a celtic rock band, similar to other Spanish bands like mago de oz and so on. I’d talk about English bands, but I don’t know any. I iscoverd this band yesterday and I have already become a huge fan. It’s a band with a wonderful style, the fusion of rock with violins and other wind instruments, characteristics of the celtic genre. This morning I was in eventim.de, a concert ticket portal. I was thinking hey maybe they’ll play in Frankfurt or something… And I saw Saarbrücken on december 2nd. The rush of emotion was so great I just had to buy 2 tickets right there, just in case they get sold out and I can’t go with anyone.

#iAmHappy

Blindzeln.de: A site for blind folks in Germany

Today I discovered, well, I have been shown a website for blind folks: www.blindzeln.de
The site is very interesting. There’s many mailing lists, an online shop with computers, accessories and household products. They also offer stuff for the blind, like canes, talking scales and such. I think I’ll meet many blind people here, as there are over 80 mailing lists about any topic you can imagine: From music, to computers, sports and programming. I have joined about 10 lists, let’s see what happends.
Now I must go to class, to make good use of my time!