Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tübingen: An unexpected Journey

This week I spent three days in Tübingen, a german region located in Baden-Württemberg, at the shores of the Neckar river (about 40km to the south of stuttgart Stuttgart). It’s a city prety much dedicated to University life, where about a third of its 90000 inhabitants are students.
but what’s in Tübingen? Well, I went there mainly to see old friends. I saw Pia and Birgit, who I didn’t see since I was in Barcelona, and she was there until last month.
I met new people and I ate typical food from the area, I learned new German expressions and, of course, enjoying the holidays. I had to travel alone by train to go there and back, which is an adventure in itself because I wasn’t really used to travelling around alone. On Monday, before catching the train, I had to go to Saarbrücken to get the new Sim card for my android.
In Tübingen there’s also a very interesting market, where they sell all kidns of vegies, fruits, herbs and spices… It remidns me a bit of the markets in las Ramblas in Barcelona.
On Wednesday, before coming back to Saabrücken, we were eating at the Neckarmüller Restaurant, and I took the chance to come up with a wordplay about the restaurant’s name, to say that there they gave Trash from the Neckar to eat (Müll aus dem Neckar/Neckarmüll). from this I came up with a song which Pia and I played on guitar and which I’ll soon put up on youtube…
I’m not sure what else to say about this trip, apart from the fact that I enjoyed the company pretty much, biven that it was a pretty spontaneous chance, because this trip wasn’t planned before the day of my birthday celebration…

Plan for the coming days, I don’t have many. I want to meet with my friends here in Saarbrücken, and I’d like to travel more. I still want to go to berlin, and we want to go to Amsterdam with Sergio and Didi. Sergio also wants us to go skydiving, so I don’t know how this will turn out. Skydiving kind of scares me.

Birthday!

As many of my friends will know, last Thursday (feb 11) was my birthday. This last week’s been full of surprises.
On Saturday the 8th my parents came here to visit me in Saarbrücken, as I said on a previous post. We went to Strasbourg on sunday, and on Monday they surprised me by buying a cake without me knowing and going to 2el Carnicero”, the argentinien restaurant here in saarbrücken. I had to blow 22 candles!
The week was exciting, on Thursday we went swimming with sergio and Didi at the Dudweiler pool. It had been very long since I last went swimming and the truth is that it felt good, but my body isn’t really done for sport and Sergio and Didi laughed at me because they’re older than me, but they can tolerate sport better. Such is the price of not doing any sport. Apart from this, my new phone was shipped after all the problems I’ve been having with the iPhone, so I’ve just spent time customizing it to my needs.

Yesterday was a very interesting day. we went to celebrate my birthday with many friends from the University, Didi and Pia. I put these two apart because they’re not from the university, Didi is from Türingen and Pia was visiting her brother in Karlsruhe, so she decided to drop by.
We had lots of fun, at first I felt a bit fo apprehension because my friends didn’t know each other and they’re all very different people, but at the end they all eneded up talking to each other and even the most shy ones!!!
Jessica was very nice and she made muffins for all without telling and put some candles to celebrate. The others also got me some gifts, Eva for example gave me a beer from Saarland and some chocolates that are already gone 😀

Tomorrow I’m going to spend some days in Tübingen until Wednesday, so I won’t be around and I probably won’t be on any social networks until Wednesday night or Thursday morning, depending on whether I get good or bad train connections.

Exams are over!

Yesterday I finished my exams!!! The Russian exam went pretty well, even better than I had expected. This week I spent most of the time studying Russian, so I could pass this exam with a good result. The Grammar is damn complicated, but it’s an interesting language. I’m also starting to learn the disposition of the Russian keyboard layout. My parents are coming to visit tomorrow! They’re only staying for like 3 days, but but they’re coming to spend my birthday with me. It’s on Tuesday already! I await this day with great emotion, not only because my parents are coming, but also because I don’t have any classes until April 14th and I want to travel and enjoy Germany to the fullest, see my friends, etc.
As I already said in my previous post, we have a trip to amsterdam Planned with Sergio and Didi and we’d also like to go more places. I also want to see my parents, it’s been a while since I last saw them. I haven’t seen them since Christmas.
What else can I say, I can’t wait for the days to come.

Tinnitus: Constant ringing sound in your ears

I just read an interesting article through Lifehacker and it reminded me of my situation 2 years ago.
RT @Gizmodo: Why your ears keep ringing (and what you can do about it)

http://t.co/15HNSlmYGf

From the articleSome perceive it as a high-pitched, mosquito-like squeal; others, an incessant electrical buzzing. It can even sound like unintelligible voices or music. It’s known as tinnitus, and it’s a surprisingly common affliction, affecting some 50 million people in America alone.

Your inner ear’s cochlea is lined with thousands of fine, hair-like cells that vibrate when exposed to sound waves. These vibrations are then converted to electrical signals by cells at the hair’s base, form a neural feedback loop which is regulated by the brain. This neural loop normally allows us to pick up very faint and distant sounds by detecting subtle changes in the vibrations of various hairs. But when these hairs are damaged or killed by repeated loud noise exposure, the underlying neurons remain active, sending a false signal to the brain that there is incoming sound when there really isn’t.

For me, it was a constant mosquito buzzing like sound. I however had no idea it was that common, or how it was called. It lasted for a few months until it faded. According to my doctor, it was due to some air bubbles that had formed in my ears, though I am not fully convinced. It was quite unbareable for me, as I would always hear that mosquito squeak. I hate insect buzzing sounds and it used to cause me a great deal of stress, especially at night.
As a blind person, it was quite stressing to think that there was a mosquito in my room when there really wasn’t any. I got used to it after a while, but it was tough while it lasted. I treasure my hearing, as does every blind person. Having my body mess that up was worrying and disconcerting.

News, news and more news

It’s been a while since I posted here. The truth is, I don’t really have a good excuse, it’s only that I’ve had, and still have, many exams and I have to study a lot.
The exams I’ve had until now went pretty well, in fact some of them better than I had expected. I passed German with an 86%, a nice grade I would have never imagined 2 years ago when I started to learn German, especially considering that I’m on the B2 level now. And I don’t mean to look cool or anything like that; It’s just that when they put me in this level I was scared. I thought i would fail because one does not easily reach B2 in 2 years.

But let’s talk about things more related with the erasmus experience. The truth is I haven’t travelled a lot or anything lately, due to my studies, and I’m just about to go down to the garage and do the laundry. That’s free Tuesdays for you. But when you live alone you have certain responsabilities, I guess.

We have many travels planned; we want to go to Amsterdam, Leipzig, and I also want to visit a friend in Berlin.
On Thursday I will finally be able to say that I’m done with classes, and I don’t have any until mid april!!!! 😀