„We have nice flying weather today but there will be some showers in Edinburgh.“ Over one month ago I was sitting on an aeroplane heading for Scotland. I was excited but worried at the same time because I could only guess what would be expecting me. It turned out that there was no need to worry – I fell in love with Edinburgh after just a few weeks. If you are planning to come to Edinburgh, take a look at the following seven points that will definitely help you to settle in quickly.
Let’s be honest: I have not been to a lonely island. It was the Isle of Arran, quite a popular place at the west coast of Scotland. Yet, I got lost, at least for a few days, in stunning, deserted landscapes. And, even more important: I became a witness of the very rare appearance of the Big Grey Man. But let me start at the very beginning…
Why are British students so impolite and just shout answers? That was one of the questions that engaged me during my first weeks in Edinburgh. The initial uncertainty and confusion have vanished. Now, I shall highlight the 10 main differences in the teaching style at the University of Edinburgh compared to my home institution in Freiburg, Germany.
Übers Wochenende war ich in den Schweizer Alpen unterwegs. Dabei hab‘ ich germerkt: Die Schweizer haben Humor! Den ausführlichen Bericht gibt es bald, vorher ein paar Fotos.
Berlin, 11.30 p.m. I am standing in a long queue with a friend, waiting to buy food – very special food, obviously. 40 meters and 100 heads ahead, we can identify a food stall with a big sign saying “Mustafas Gemüsekebap”. “It usually takes up to two hours, but it’s worth it” my friend says, smiling. I’m looking at him, doubtfully – my stomach is already growling.
Der Brexit hat auch Auswirkungen auf die Mobilität zwischen europäischen Universitäten. Auch wenn die Folgen für Austauschprogramme wie Erasmus aktuell nicht absehbar sind, lässt sich sagen: Besser wird’s nicht.
Wir leben in unruhigen Zeiten – das lässt sich nicht von der Hand weisen. Aber wie unruhig sind unsere Zeiten? Was bedeutet überhaupt unruhig? Und außerdem: Gab es auch mal ruhige Zeiten? Ein Essay.