I arrived in Deutschland last Saturday, the 17th. I hung out in Hannover a little before taking an afternoon train down to Stuttgart, to visit this very excellent fellow:
|in the Schlossgarten Biergarten|
me: Was? (What? This is a relatively impolite way of asking someone what they just said. I was too surprised to remember how to be polite.)Turns out he was a German who studied Chinese in college and then moved to Beijing to work, where he has been for about 5 years now. We proceeded to have a conversation for the remainder of the train ride in Chinese and German. I was embarrassed because his Chinese was much better than mine, but it stands to reason. I thought that was pretty cool.
guy: Ist hier frei? (Is this place free?)
me: Ja, das ist frei. (Yes. [pause]) War das chinesisch? (Was that Chinese?)
guy: 当然了。 你是中国人，看得出来。 (Of course. You're Chinese; one can see it).
In Stuttgart I stayed with Juan, and in addition to just catching up on life we went around to some touristy places, including a history museum, an art museum, and some lovely gardens with a lovely castle. I really enjoyed the visit. I also got to see my friend Yin, who is working for Bosch in Stuttgart on a MISTI internship. One night we went to a schnitzel place on Yin's recommendation - she said the schnitzel was as big as her face, and she wasn't kidding:
|we split a schnitzel dish.|
|I learned my camera can do B&W.|
On Sunday, Meera, Luke (who is also on our exchange), and I went out to Bremen for the day. Bremen's main claim to fame is a Grimm brothers' fairy tale called "The Town Musicians of Bremen". It's a pretty cute story and the town has tons of little knick-knacks related to it for purchase. It was a really fun day trip. I don't have any pictures, though, because my camera is too far away to reach. >.>
|the Bremen Stadtmusikanten (Bremen Town Musicians)|
Now I'm in Braunschweig (Brunswick), where four other students and I are doing an exchange with the Technical University of Braunschweig. Yesterday we were in lab making modifications to a small RC airplane and today we ran some flight tests. I did not dare pilot for the tests but afterwards I messed around piloting first-person view (FPV) using these pretty cool goggles which have a video link to a camera on the plane. It's pretty fun. =)
|FPV flying w/ the Fat Shark (brand of the goggles)|