Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Foot, two Feet...12 Toes

Did you ever wake up early in the morning and while half asleep you let your gaze wonder around. Once it felts on your feet, you think you noticed six toes on one foot. Suddenly, you feel alerted and in panic mode you start to count the toes on each foot and feel relieved, when you find out noting changed over night. You still have the usual five on each of them. Did that ever happen to you? No! So, it's just me than.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Bright Balloon

I was in Madrid for almost a week. I flew the same day Bayern Munich played against Atlético Madrid. There were some Bayern fans in my flight from Hamburg. Probably, you think now that's weird and I have to agree with you-Bayern Munich fans who live in Hamburg, that is weird.
In Madrid I attended a training for coordinating community building. The details of the training would be beyond the scope of this post. Nevertheless, I want to share one learning. A group of people playing with a bunch of balloons is all you need to explain the world.
The conference was attended by people from different European countries, and therefore, we had translations in all different directions. We didn't always need translation. We studied material, that was available in the different languages and when we read out load, we read in the language we had in front of us. So, one person read in English, the next continued in Spanish and the next in French and so on.
Not everything was good. The food was bad. IT WAS BAD. We had freedom fries everyday. And everyday they were bad. Everyone was wondering how such a simple thing like fries can be done wrong. But the cook always managed to make them soft and tasteless. Tasteless was most of the food we got during the training.
That's it for this trip. Now that the summer is over, I will post more often...I think.

PS: Bayern Munich lost the game against Atlético. Did I have to tell that: No. Did I want to tell it: You bet.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Soroosh Pezeshki and the Order in Marburg

Some years ago, I planned to go to Phoenix to a conference and write a post with the title “Soroosh Pezeshki and the Order in Phoenix” based on the title of one of a Harry Potter books. I went to the conference but, as you know, I never wrote the blog post. Instead, I’m going to use the title for my trip to Marburg. My brother Soheil lives in Marburg. He told me that the main building of the Philipps-Universität Marburg (University of Marburg brought to you by Phillips Electronics) is nicknamed Hogwarts. That’s why, I decided to give this post the title it has. I will also write about the connection of the Harry Potter books and Marburg…Marburg, you know, the city where the Grimm brothers lived and studied.
Soheil was making suggestions what I can write in my blog post. It’s funny, he didn’t use to read my blog. I think he finally turned around and become a blog reader - a Berader. Folks, is it okay if I call you Berader? …No? …I understand you think it’s to close to Justin’s Belieber, and you don’t want to be associate with them…Alright, I will not call you that.
Let’s come back to Harry Potter and Marburg. One of the first things I saw was Marburg’s version of the caretaker Argus Filch calling out a student not to run fast in the hallway or in Marburg’s case, two regulations officers  telling a bicyclist not to ride his bike on the sideway. 

While we were side seeing, we saw an installation  of a red pump. It has to be connected to the prom in the Goblet of Fire. Didn’t Hermione had red pumps. Next we saw also a mirror. That has to be the Mirror of Erised. I don’t know any story from the Grimm brothers with a magical mirror. 
A pomp with some reference to a Harry Potter story
Mirror of Erised

A broom store. I'm sure they have the newest Firebolt

I have seen this...thing from the botanical gardens in a Harry Potter movie 

Captions with magical spells everywhere in the botanical gardens

This slug has been jinxed by one of the Weasley twins