Sunday, March 18, 2012

Searching for Blue Tack and finding Pickles

It took me a really long time to find blue tack in this country.  A quick Google search later informed me that blue tack as I knew it in my previous life was like liquid gold over here and that expats over here trade their children for it.
I searched high and low in many shops and embarrassed myself trying to ask for it using my limited German language skills (if you can imagine, translated in English it went something like this):
"Hello, I am looking for "blue tac" ... I don't know the name in German, but it is sticky (at this point I made a sticky gesture, as I have NO idea what 'sticky' is in German) and I use it to put pictures or photographs on the wall in my house. Maybe it's blue or white?" 
I was rewarded with a blank stare and I left the store in a walk of shame.  Many shops later I found it (by myself - no way I was putting myself through that again) and paid a liquid gold price for it. Of course, since then I've come across it several times, and much cheaper.  Of course.

All that to say, that I have moved to Münich, or München in German.  And I have a little apartment with walls that I can now put blue tack on.  I'm getting some opportunities to practice my German, some more successful than trying to ask for blue tack.  Such as ordering a beer. 

Beers. They are big.  Münich's motto is 'München mag Dich' (Münich likes you), but actually I think their secret motto is 'München mag Bier'

I've been quite slack about taking photos since I've been here, but Hannah came to stay for a day and took one of where I live.  On the bottom right hand corner you can see we were pretending to be German and eating sausages and sauerkraut.  They're funny little apartments, Hann said it looked like I lived in Lego Land, and now that's what I think too.  You can paint the front of your apartment if you wish, so if any arty people wish to come and visit and paint, I am waiting.

 I had to brave Ikea upon arrival, as there wasn't a single item to be found in the apartment. Thanks to the ever lovely Delia, I made it out alive.  It was more than a little overwhelming to have to make so many choices about buying "stuff"!  I hate buying "stuff"!
I can't believe she is still smiling after all those decisions!

My favourite feature (NOT!) - a VERY green cupboard!

Downstairs full of Ikea.

Last week on Thursday I got to see two excellent people.  Julia and Ed.  Julia is much better at conversation, but Ed can sing rather well.  Julia came to visit and we went to see Ed Sheeran.  Julia is much friendlier...although I've never talked to Ed.  Ed, if you're reading this, it's time we had a chat.  The double bonus for the night was Passenger being the support act for Mr Sheeran. 
Ahhhh Ed.

I shall try to introduce my camera to the great outside world here in Münich.  I should also talk about going to Uni and a few other adventures being had here.  Can't do it all in one night though, and I leave you with one of my favourite photos from the last couple of weeks.  I have NO idea as to the purpose of these pickles but we came across them in Salzburg last weekend.  

I don't know the names of the pickles, but the humans are cool people I'm studying with this semester...Elsa, Clement, Vincent, Robin, Laura, Rohana.

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