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.