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.