I Have Internet!


I have my longest absence yet to explain to you, with egg on my face.

I was in the States, where internet access got patchier and patchier. I decided I would finish my updates when I got back to Germany. When I got back in September, I discovered that my landlady had cancelled my internet access given the fact that I had to move out in a few weeks. Oh well, I decided, I can’t really concentrate on researching ideas for posts while I’m trying to find the time to pack my life and move around my 12-hour work days, I’ll post in my new place.

Yeah, turns out that getting connected to the internet in Germany isn’t as easy as I had expected.

I don’t think you really want to hear the gorey details of it. Suffice it to say that, after months of waiting, a change of provider and a convoluted contract battle with Telekom that has not officially been resolved yet, two weeks ago I finally got connected to the internet!

After my victory dance, I spent these past two weeks collecting my notes on various blogposts that I wanted to write, jotting things down and formulating my plans for this blog. If the FtB crew will still have me, that is.

In brief, what have I been up to?

I moved to a new apartment in a different township, which turns out to be ridiculously complicated, and am thankful every day for living with a man that can do things like build kitchens and fix electrical wiring.

I got into a minor scooter accident, but managed to avoid a night in the emergency room.

I turned 30, and even managed to wrangle a 2-day visit to Amsterdam.

I co-authored 2 papers and am feeling a little better for it, given my own experiements leading me in frustrating circles.

I took on two University students, and finally found a balance in instructing them and keeping my own lab work under control.

But most importantly I learned that, whatever you do, if you ever find youself living in Germany, NEVER SIGN A CONTRACT WITH TELEKOM.

Regular posting starts again tomorrow. I’ve missed you all, but it does feel good to be back.

Comments

  1. secondtofirstworld says

    Wonderful post, and a timely reminder on how Deutsche Telekom is Europe’s Verizon and Time Warner Cable combined (still, T-Mobile soars everywhere in places Verizon sucks).

    Avoiding them? I’ve not been to Germany in a few years but last I remember they have a nigh monopoly on things, especially in smaller areas.

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      Unfortunately that is true. They still have a monopoly on all the phone lines, so no matter who you go with, it is still a Telekom person that needs to come to your house and activate the phone line, so the wait time for internet averages 6 weeks.

      Still, as a matter of both principle and a will to maintain my sanity, I would avoid them to the ends of the earth, even if it means going with sub par coverage.

  2. Rob Grigjanis says

    Condolences on Italy not qualifying for the WC. It will be duller without them. They really should have beaten Sweden in both playoff matches.

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      First time in 60 years…. It’s our own fault. We got complacent, took qualifying for granted, let corruption and favors choose the coach… and this is the result.

  3. springa73 says

    Heh – I know someone who used to work for Deutsche Telekom when he lived in Germany. Apparently his experience as an employee was not a very good one – that company sounds like it’s good at generating bad experiences!

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