What I’ve been doing instead of blogging

So, what is it that I’ve been doing instead of updating this blog? Here’s a brief rundown:

Freelance Writing – There’s a lot of it to be done right now, which is nice, but has left me little time to do much else. And yes, it’s as glamorous and artistic a life as you’ve always imagined. Sometimes I treat myself to a sandwich from the Uni cafeteria with THREE kinds of meat*, bringing it home to eat in front of the blue glow of the computer screen while I craft prose about how to become a fishery management specialist, or multiple choice questions about how to successfully market soft drinks. Take that, Hemingway.

Online courses – I’m trying to keep up with the Intro to Logic and Intro to Computing classes on Coursera.com, a relatively new (and free!) offering. It’s a lot of fun so far, and they have “required” homework to keep you on track. Looking forward to the Natural Language Processing course in the future, among others.

Teaching – Last week we talked about which clothes were popular in different decades. I learned such valuable phrases as “Karottenhosen” (skinny jeans). We also established that yes, light-up sneakers were just as central to Germany as they were to the U.S. in the 90’s. In short, we all bonded.

Planning trips – coming up soon is a trip to The Hague, and then back to the U.S. this summer for a bit.

Duolingo – This just arrived yesterday, but I got an invitation code to try out Duolingo, a community where you learn a language through translation online.  It’s interesting so far, though (as with most structured German-learning solutions), it’s a bit difficult to hone in on my actual skill level in German. For example, I can yell right back at the people at the foreigners’ office until they process my residence permit, though I couldn’t possibly tell you the gender of “residence permit”.

More stories soon, however, including about Museum Night and my dear friends at the foreigners’ office.


*I don’t know what they all are, but let’s just say they are pork.


5 responses to “What I’ve been doing instead of blogging

  1. Exciting you’re going to The Hague! You should definitely visit the Mauritshuis. It’s the Royal Picture Gallery which houses a vast number of famous Dutch paintings, least of all Girl with the Pearl Earring. You should also go to the Peace Palace, the seat of the International Court of Justice. They have regular tours for visitors. Take a stroll down Noordeinde (past the Noordeine Palace, one of three official palaces of the family) into the city centre, where’s there’s lots of shopping and small cafes. Make a stop at the Plein for coffee. Take a look inside the Binnenhof, the Dutch Parliament, and if you have time, hop on a tram to Scheveningen (the beach) – the Peace Palace is on the way there, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

    • Thank you for the tips! I started doing research today about what is where and how much everything costs. Looks like the Maurithuis is closed for renovations, but luckily the Girl with the Pearl Earring is at another local museum for the moment. I’mm excited to check out the local markets, and I guess there is also an Indonesian culture festival going on. We also want to head up to Keukenhof for part of a day while we’re there, so we will be quite busy.

  2. Sounds like fun! 😉
    Coffee soe time soon? I could help you with the gender of “Aufenthaltsgenehmigung” – and some other freaky German words. *grin*

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