Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

HM Kino

Tonight I was asked by a good friend to shoot some pictures for the students movie theater at my university in Munich. Gladly I took on the dark challenge and quit my study day to join the crowd of students who poured in to watch “Wall Street 2”. Already knowing the film I could relax and take on my photography. Quite challenged by the lighting and paying attention not to annoy the spectators I was quite amazed by the shot I am showing in the post. I am quite sure that Christopher has seen me and in that way it is really not a natural set up. Even though I really fell in love with the grain and mood the picture inhibits.

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March 30, 2011

Rain falling

Rain falling in Munich – but at least it is not snowing like in Finland. And if you make pictures in the rain your fingers don’t freeze of after just five minutes. I have to admit that i miss Finland but in these moments i kind of like to take photos in Munich again ..

PIcture Taken on Sunday at Munich “Pinakothek der Moderne” – One of my favorite art museums in Munich.

March 28, 2011

My life in Finland – An Erasmus Report

One week after coming home to germany the boring stuff wants to be done. The compulsory Erasmus report is cheerfully beating up my precious time. My university in Munich and the european Erasmus program seem to be all to eager to know what really happened to me in Finland (can’t they just read my blog?!).

I am not very talented at writing those things and thus it took some to write the paper (How do you fit Finland in 3 Pages// Can an Erasmus life and an academic career mix at all?// What did I do their anyway? ..). Finally finished I do not want it to be useless in some office spaces in Brussels. Thinking farther their might even be some useful information for future students in their. Not sure if it helps anybody but please feel free to use it as information, advertisement, or whatever your heart feels when you hear the five letters: SUOMI

Click here to retrieve my study report

Sorry, but this one is german only – anybody wants to translate, feel free to send me an english copy.

March 27, 2011

Elections in Germany

Today we have some pretty big elections in germany. I can not vote (Only people in Baden-Württemberg are called up for elections) but the outcome of today will have some major implications for the national parties as well. One big question is to be answered: Will the small liberal party make it into the parliament. If so, not much is gonna change in the admnistration. If you have seen this video you might find yourself in doubt if they can really make it 🙂 Happy Election day everybody. Go out and vote!

March 26, 2011

Munich Lightpainting

I am back in Munich and have been busy with studying/ organising and meeting so many old friends. Apparently it was about time to catch up with the last eight months. After so much reasonable and streamlined studying I needed some relaxing photo time today at night. Together with Bene (who weirdly enough dropped his club plans for this shooting) we went out to play in the munich olympic park. Bene has finally gotten a proper camera. The following slideshow is made up of pictures that bene (file name sony dsc) and me (file name munich lightpainting) made together. Equipped with dozens of flashlights we went to a playful lighpainting session – nothing special – just fun.

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Oh by the way: Studying was maybe not totally streamlined – watch my reunion with bavaria on benes blog ..

March 21, 2011

Shear Test

My first day in Munich is over but actually I have not really finished of with finland yet. Not only my memories are still swirling back to the people that I have left, but also my work. Next to organizing all kinds of stuff today at the university here in munich I also finished of the report of the shear test that I created last week in finland. As always the paper work was much more dull than the exercise, but what can you do – it’ll be like that at work as well.

What did I actually do? In order to save Arcada some money we decided to build a shear test for composite materials ourselve. I did not have a clue what this could look like and neither had my teachers. Moving on with educated guesses I went from the different stages of brainstorming to construction and from their to the workshop were I have manufactured my ideas.

So far I have always done the mentioned phases only seperately. I have never had the chance to do it all in a joined effort. Quite exciting to see something develop by your own hands from the first idea to the final testing. After my work was finished on friday at 4pm (I did not have much spare time in case of failures for this project ..) I was keen on playing a little around. I have to say that I would like to optimize it. Anyway I am happy to know the competent people who will be able to play around with it much longer and careful. Special thanks to Erland for all the great advices throughout my work on that project.

Closing words: An intense project which I still don’t know how i finished it in time. Let this be a good bye gift to Arcada from a very satisfied exchange student!

March 20, 2011

Hello again..

some things will never change: munich still has no phone coverage in the underground, you do not get wireless internet anywhere, and .. friends stay the same. Thanks so much for the warm welcome to Bene, Mo and Youssef. Let this be a great semester!

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March 20, 2011

Good Bye

No word to express my emptiness – I have lost too many friends today, at least it feels exactly like that – i hope that some kind of meaning will come back soon. It is nice to feel appreciated but to realize what one leaves behind is just pain.

Leaving my room today i found a lot of old memories, that have reminded me of the last 8 months – What they have been for me and what was important. A lot of you have dropped by and shared our joined memories. Even though it has not been a produtive packing it was a proper way to review these last ten month. If you did not have enough of these anecdotes I invite you to click my category cloud on the left. Choosing words like Finnland, Erasmus Helsinki, Helsinki, Hyvää Suomi and Teaching should give you a small insight into my diverse life in the northern hemisphere

Thank you for a wonderful playground and exceptional playmates! Be proud of your country and the treasures it holds. I am gonna have to say it one last time: Hyvää Suomi!

March 18, 2011

What am I good at?

Don’t worry – i have not fallen into a self destructive and questioning time of life. Much rather i want to share a story about me and my children. This wednesday i had to say good bye to my children of my fifth class. I have taught them german for almost half a year now. I know from parents, students and teachers that my classes were a big difference to what they usually do. They did not want me to leave but i promised them one last game as a treat.

The task was really easy: What am i studying? The kids had about twenty minutes to guess my real study subject. Remember – they only knew me as the weird german who can’t speak finish and refuses to speak english.

So the guesses came in: Photographer, Musician, Actor, Videomaker, Teacher, … somewhere in the end a girl in the last row guessed the right answer. I am studying to be a mechanical engineer. The first things they assumed were all things related to class activities that i have done with them. None of them thought about my real proffesion. It was a great exercise for their vocabulary. The students and me had a great time laughing out loud. Saying good bye is easier when you are in a good mood.

A couple of days later that small episode got me thinking. Is it bad that they did not guess my true study passion? Am i studying the wrong thing? Should i be a Photographer, Musician, Actor, Videomaker, even a teacher?

No!

I think that i am good at what i do and do it with a passion. I explore life! Half a year of Finland has taught me to seek my manyfold dreams. I am good at going into every aspect of life. Maybe not as deep as others, but i truly believe in finding out as many things and experience the most i can get. I am a passionate engineer whose view is broad enough to connect his skill with everyday life?

I can live this eventful and multicolored life because i have parents that never questioned my desire to do things out of the ordinary and encourage me to take detours in my paths. I want to thank them for their ongoing mental and financial support! I could not have taught children, go to Finland or travel half the world without a strong circle of people who really do care for me! Thank you so much! Before i get to sentimental – lets close it for today and meet with all of my finish friends one last time.

March 15, 2011

What, when, where, ..

Just finished planing my last week and wanted to give you a quick inside when to see me where for the last time.

And once more in a structured way (for all my engineering friends :-9):

Friday (18.03.2011)

  • 8pm Change of Plans! Pre Party is not at my place but at the party boat bar in the hakaniemi harbor – after all exclusivity is guaranteed and we should have a great joint party with the girls and guys from the mediateknik department – we will be their starting 8pm in the boat – here is the address:
    Ravintolalaiva Wäiskin keskikerros
    Hakaniemenranta 11
    if you do not know how to get their we will start walking from majstranden at 7:30pm.
  • Some time later we’ll go to the Club Werket Party for “St. Patricks Day”.

Saturday (19.03.2011)

  • All afternoon Come over to grab a Coffe, one of my homemade cakes, some of the stuff that I have to give away, or just come to say good Bye.
  • Some time in the evening We’ll go to a Restaurant, please tell me in advance if you want to come, I’ll have to reserve you a seat.
  • Later We’ll grab a good bye drink in Kallio

Sunday (20.03.2011)

  • 8am I will be in midair to Munich shed tears looking backwards and look forward to a great reunion, a fantastic semester and a great bavarian summer!