Shopping in euro

I think my parents will faint when they read this.

Sometimes I forgot that I am spending in Euro. 50 after discount seemed to be a good deal. In fact 50euro actually costs about RM250.

Anyway, I managed to grab a pair of working pants on the last day of sale period. I saw it yesterday but browsed thru few more shops before deciding. I went back to the shop again today. A girl was tearing out the discount price tag when I was there. I would have to pay extra 20euro if I was there a day late.

I forgot when was the last time I shopped, so no worries. I just spent the money on travelling, and also food and drink in Mcdonalds to use their free internet. I suspect that the internet provider at Alex’s place has gone bankrupt. It has not been working for more than a week.

Packing and moving again

I have to pack again, moving back to UK. The contract for the house in Ghent ended today, and the keys were returned to the landlord yesterday. I am not sure how many usable things and edible food I have binned into the garbage bags. There are always things to waste when moving around. It will also be stupid to send back the items by parcel when I could get them cheaper in UK and there are some items that I am sure that the second hand shop would not want. I wonder how many people move house each day and how much waste is contributed. I was one of them.

380 euro for 12 days in Germany

How did we spend approximately 380euro each for the 12 days trip in Germany? So sorry, no souvenirs for family and friends, the trip was intended to be a super budget trip. There was no time to shop anyway.

We spent the first few nights at Mannheim where Alex S’ home is.


a photo with his dad, super nice friendly man…

We slept in the tent for some nights at the campsite.


dark night when they were putting up the tent.
i was busy taking photos of the darkness

There was a night I slept in this…. (in my dream)



I guess they are owned by the campsite management, and have to pay extra for it. So, we still had to put up our own tent. The place was rather empty at the night we arrived, only another tent beside us.

But, there was a bunch of kids “invading” our territory early in the next morning. We were preparing to leave anyway.

There were also cold nights.

And we survived on bread for almost each meals….

Even for the lunch – I was packing the sandwich rolls.

There was also “luxurious” night. This small house belongs to a friend of Alex S’ family. We bought a small plant which costs 4euro as a gift. So, we paid 1.30euro each for a comfortable night stay in Blackforest.
we had spaghetti for our dinner – luxury of the luxuries

Also few nights at few friends’ place.

The friend of Alex S survives only on 300euro for a month. The living cost in the East Germany is lower compared to the West.

Creeeeeppyyyy…………

And we traveled by car. It helped to save a lot on the train tickets. But we shared to pay for the petrol.

Bye Erasmus

10-days festival has ended yesterday. It was not only the last day of the festival but farewell for the Erasmus students. Most of them have gone back home today. We partied for the last time yesterday’s night. Everyone enjoyed the party but with sadness hidden deep inside the heart. There might be few of them that I might not see again. It ended with hugs, kisses and goodbye with best wishes, and tears too…….

A bit of everything – Germany

The 12 days trip in Germany has definitely broadened my horizon.

We had a glance at the city with bold high-rise buildings, Frankfurt. We went not so deep into the forest, thru the curvy roads, up and down the hills that gave me car sickness to explore the beautiful nature in the Southwest of Germany. We visited a friend who is staying in Leipzig, famous as a place where Johann Sebastian Bach, the famous composer stayed for 28 years. We have been to Dessau where the Bauhaus art school is located, played important role on modern architecture and art style. Besides the modern style, we also witnessed the historical buildings, impressive castles, churches and cathedrals, and few museums. We stepped into a city which was separated by a wall and resulted different urban development and culture, the capital of Germany, Berlin.


Commerzbank Tower, located in the centre of Frankfurt,
designed by Fosters


Outstanding architecture in Dresden – Deconstruction style
Coop Hilmmelb(l)au’s UFA

Bauhaus in Dessau

It is a country which has not only one but few major cities; each with unique characters. We have been to the West and the East of Germany, had more understanding about the history – from the division to the reunification, the rise and fall of the famous Berlin Wall. Germany was one of the influential powers during the war, has had a great impact on Continental history.



Contemplating in the nature in Blackforest


Crystal clear blue green landscape


Old town in Germany – Heidelberg


Impressive cathedral interior

The statue of Johann Sebastian Bach, the world famous composer

Germany is definitely a place to experience almost everything, from the classical to the modern, with its rich history and culture. It is also the world’s biggest car producer, the birthplace of the famous Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and BMW. Some cities in Germany were not with either classical or medieval style buildings but glass and steel building blocks; many old structures were destroyed during the war. It is the industrial powerhouse. And what more, Hansel and Gretel, the fairy tale is originated there.

The Mercedes



Bavarian Beer



The three of us – Alex S . Suangyee . Alex T

There was too much to see in Berlin. It could not be fitted in this ‘A bit of Everything’ post. We only had 2 nights

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Mobile blogging

How is it to blog with the mobile? I am now typing this post with alex’s n95 since he is using my laptop now. Surfing internet thru the mobile is fun but I definitely still prefer my laptop more. Apparently I didn’t know that we can use free internet thru mobile wherever there is wifi connection. The only trouble is I need to clear the privacy data memory if I am opening websites that need slightly more bandwidth download.

I don’t see that the internet connection at the place I’m staying now will be back in these few days. Just because there is a music festival in the city, that doesn’t mean that the people don’t need to use internet. It was my personal assumption anyway.

Ooo.. I cannot justify the paragraph with mobile blogging.

Internetless

The internet connection at the place where I am staying now is not working. No more blog reading, no more random web sites clicking, no more online chatting, no more facebooking and full concentration on review assignments.

I supposed that students who are on Erasmus exchange program would have lesser workload, but it seemed like I had to work on both universities’ projects. When I was still in Glasgow, the international students there seemed pretty chilling with parties every week. Perhaps, it was quite chilling for me in the first few months when I have just arrived Ghent. No running away from works and I just have to do them eventually.

There were approximately 5800 photos taken during the Germany trip. There will be lots of time spending on sorting the photos again.

La Roche without en-Ardenne

There was a day that we wanted to go to La Roche-en-Ardenne, but ended up at La Roche. They were different places.


There were no museums, no castles, no churches and no town centre with row of shops; perhaps further away that we didn’t reach by foot.

We were there early in the morning and explored the rural area that is surrounded by nature, houses along the empty streets with only few old people walking around and saw BIG FAT CHICKENS.

People in smaller town are normally friendlier. The lady saw us standing beside the fence and spoke to us in French. We couldn’t understand and thought that she was trying to chase us away. But she opened the gate, let us in to take photos. The chickens weighed approximately 10kg each.

Then we walked around and interacted with the nature… We spent few hours there.

Back

Mercedes museum

After days of surviving on bread, travelling motorways by and exploring cities by foot, we have finally arrived back in Ghent. During the trip, we stayed at some friends’ place, slept in the tent at the camp site and also youth hostel which we considered as the luxurious for the final two nights in

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Sadly, there are some technical problems with the internet connection and I have to use the internet in McDonalds.

Most of my classmates are back again for the 10-days festival, and I am looking forward to seeing them later…