Last weekend I went to Berlin.. because getting out of Golm is what you do if you live in Golm. This is Berlin, not Golm. It’s really quite pretty! I actually ended up being bitterly dissapointed. I went on Saturday- to generally check out the main part of town and mosey around-which was pretty nice. But then I went back in on Sunday with the express purpose of visting a couple of fleamarkets… because.. in a strangely Perth manner.. nothing is open here on Sundays. Actually I’m going to go so far as to say that on Sundays, Germany is more Perth than Perth [an explanation that any Perthite should understand], because at least we have IGAs everywhere these days, but even all the the food stores seem to be completely closed over here. Lucky for me, this was the one specific day of the year that the two Flohmarkts that I went to check out were having a day off. So I meandered a bit more: This tree is pretty much my hero right …
Check this! We may get snow this week: Ok, actually it feels too warm and rainy at the moment for snow to happen.. The alternative is sleet.. which sounds horrible.. so fingers crossed for light fluffy flakes descending gracefully yet playfully.. undoubtedly accompanied by some Tchaikovsky, a la’ Fantasia! More frost piccies from last week as an aperitif:
In dedication to Andy: Even though it doesn’t look quite like ‘real’ bacon- I fried some up in a pan last night and it tastes pretty darn good! Rejoice!
… and ended up buying many tasty things. Near my guesthouse there are the two smallish supermarkets (super-ish markets?), Netto and Edeke. Today I went to the big Kaufland near the centre of town, which is the big Mama Shelob of stores.
I’ll start with one of the fog, being generally awesome:
It has been 6 days since I have seen the sun.
We (heheheh.. assimilation ftw) have journal club here every week. It seems like a good system because the lab-bosses (the big guys and the medium guys) don’t attend, only the students and post-docs… so everyone’s seems less worried about asking stupid questions.
So the institute I’m PhD-ing at (and also where I’m currently staying), is the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology (Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie). It’s nestled in amongst two other Max Planck institutes (‘gravitational physics’ and ‘colloids and interfaces’) and a couple of Fraunhofer institutes (applied/industry linked places) at Wissenschaftspark (science park), Golm.
So on the first day I went to the supermarket, and gorged myself on the deliciousness contained within… or something :). And I know there’s more exciting ways to start a blog than this.. but my shopping list went something like this: