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20 September 2007


...und sprachlos

Momentan ist es hier auf dem Weblog etwas still. Nach diesem hier und natürlich dem (Referenz), fehlen mir momentan die Worte. Das Thema der Wahlen scheint eingehend diskutiert worden zu sein, mehr als Verbitterung und Wut darüber, wieviel die Menschen in 2 Wochen vergessen können, kann ich auch nicht ausdrücken.

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26 September 2007

Τέσσερα (4)... Tag One

Tagged for the very fist time (lalala)

Looks like this whole 'tagging and meme" thing finally got me too. Not to fond of it myself, but since it was Bollybutton who tagged me I'll try to comply - also because I could write a bit more here.

Four jobs I've had in my life

A lot to choose from :-)

Four movies I can watch over and over

Four TV shows I love to watch

I don't have a TV any more. But here are some shows I had liked to watch.

Four places I have been on vacation

Four of my favorite dishes

Four websites I visit daily

Four places I would rather be

I like it where I am now, so let's take these a bit hypothetical:

Four bloggers I am tagging

Terrible idea to put such burden on them...

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01 October 2007



Douglas Adams is reported to have given this nice quote:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
...and no, I'm not under a deadline myself. But observing the girlfriend on hers, I can't fail to notice some things. I think they teach you something about time and the significance of the moment. When one is so close to the iron gate of the deadline, one wishes to be able to bring back those days when giving a bit of slack for a few hours was just fine. What could be done in those few hours now!

I'd like to add that I'm in no way passing a judgment, except maybe on myself: I'm a lot into delaying stuff till it's almost too late. I have the notion that I've improved my manners in this matter, but currently there is no way to prove that :-).

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06 October 2007

Εκλογές, ...ψήφησα!

Και το πανό λέει;
Πανό στην Στουρνάρι

Το πανό αυτό διακοσμεί την είσοδος στην Στουρνάρι, τον δρόμο της Αθήνας όπου μαζεύονται τα μαγαζιά που πουλάνε υπολογιστές (και τυχαίνει να είναι στα Εξάρχεια). Το πανό δεν λέει "Καλός ήλθατε στο δρόμο μας", ούτε λέει "Σάββατο Δωρεάν Κουλουράκια"... μιλάει για τις εκλογές που είχαμε στην Ελλάδα. Εν το μεταξύ, εγώ ψήφησα προχτές. Τρόμαξα και τον scud όταν του το είπα, αλλά ούτε άργησα ούτε κάνω λάθος, στην Ελβετία οι εκλογές θα είναι σε δυο εβδομάδες (21-10-2007).

Το σύστημα είναι αρκετά διαφορετικό από το Ελληνικό, θα έπρεπε να γράψω ποστ για αυτό το θέμα (χωρίς να είναι του στυλ "σε μας στην XXX όλα είναι καλύτερα/διαφορετικά/YYY"), αλλά βαριέμαι να γράψω τόσο πολύ τώρα. Αρκεί να πω ότι ψήφισα ταχυδρομικά και δεν πρόκειται να μου δώσει φτηνό/δωρεάν αεροπορικό εισιτήριο κανείς. Δεν γουστάρω και πολύ να ψηφίζω τους φάτσες ούτε στην Ελβετία, αλλά πρέπει να αντισταθούμε σε κάτι αντιδημοκρατικούς (δλδ. ακροδεξιούς) τύπους. Στην βουλή υπάρχουν ένα σορό κόμματα, μικρά και μεγάλα, σε όλα τα "χρώματα", μέχρι και δυο κομουνιστές είχαμε στις προηγούμενες εκλογές. Μπας και κάνει διαφορά η ψήφος μου.

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09 October 2007

Some Days Start Strange

Just some things

Woke up at some early time before dawn and distinctly heard rain come down. I thought: "Wonderful, finally there's some rain!" and slept again. When I got up the sky was clear blue, with only a hint of small white clouds, no rain and no wet streets. Did I dream?

Went to work and on the part of my way to work where I pass through a very low traffic street, there was this lady with a big, expensive Mercedes who tried to take a turn on a corner. Now, our streets aren't very wide, and they are filled up to the brim with parked cars, but that particular corner wasn't even so tight. She asked me if I could have a look so she wouldn't scratch on one of the cars parked in the corner. I waved her through and wondered how she manages to keep that expensive toy car in one piece on other occasions.

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12 October 2007

Θέατρο; R.I.P.

Ο βυσσινόκηπος στο θέατρο Άσκηση

Χτες πήγαμε στο θέατρο Άσκηση να δούμε τον "βυσσινόκηπο" του Τσέχοφ. Χάλια. Να ξεράσεις. Στα πρώτα λεπτά ήτανε πολύ ενοχλητικό, μια τύπισσα στην σκηνή έκανε πολύ φασαρία, και περίμενα να τελειώσει η φασαρία για να δούμε το έργο. Χαχα. Η φασαρία συνέχισε, αυτό ήταν το έργω, φασαρία. Δεν έχουμε τι να πούμε, ας φωνάζουμε. Που και που φαινότανε λίγο από την ιστορία, μάλλον τα ξέχασαν να τα βγάλουν αυτά τα κομμάτια. Φύγαμε στο διάλειμμα, κάτι που μάλλον δεν το έχω ξανακάνει σε κανένα θέατρο. Μάλιστα περίμενα τόση ώρα να γίνει διάλειμμα, για να μπορούμε να φύγουμε.

Νομίζω ότι αυτό είναι το τελευταίο θέατρο που θα βλέπω για κάποιο καιρό. Όπως το βλέπω, το θέατρο σαν μορφή τέχνης έχει τελειώσει. Οι σκηνοθέτες και ηθοποιοί δεν έχουν τίποτα πια να πούνε. Να σου πούνε μια ιστορία δεν τους φτάνει πια, θέλουν να το κάνουν τσίρκο. Άλλοι βγαίνουν στην σκηνή γυμνοί, τούτοι φωνάζουν σινέχια. Α ναι, στο διάλειμμα πρόσφεραν και βότκα, μπίρες, και πίτσα. Εμείς φύγαμε, τα παιδιά που καθότανε δίπλα μας, ακολούθησαν το παράδειγμα. Πάει το θέατρο, ψόφησε.

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Must be four months now

It started to rain on our way back from the center of Athens this evening. Wonderful! Drops falling on my skin, I smiled and spread my arms out. I think I have had four months without rain now. It rained in other parts of Greece, it rained even in Athens, but it didn't rain wherever I was. While we were in the bus it started to really pour down. No good weather for riding a bike, streets turn into soapy bowling alleys. But it sure is nice to sit at home now, enjoying the splish, splash of the rain outside. I'll be ready for more sun soon.

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20 October 2007


I never promised you a rose balcony...

Obwohl so langsam der Winter da ist mit Regen und kühlem Wetter, haben die Rosen auf unserem Balkon nochmal beschlossen zu blühen. Die Pflanzen hatten uns die Vormieter überlassen, unbekannterweise. Ich versteh ja nicht wirklich was von Pflanzen, aber mit einigermassen regelmässig giessen hat sich das Grünzeug ganz brauchbar erholt.

Heute morgen hätte ich mir das Giessen auch sparen können, nachmittags hats dann so richtig geschüttet und die Töpfe haben trotz Balkon genug Regenwasser abbekommen.

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23 October 2007

Channels of Communication

57 Channels and Nothing On

When I come in to work in the morning I "wake up" my workstation [1], and then I start up communications channels. There is a telephone on my desk, but through the computer, there is much more communication these days. Let's see what I do to communicate:

So, there are about 10 different channels through which more or less personal messages can reach me (not counting the phone). Even if I don't count multiple accounts (mail, irc channels) I end up with 7 channels of stuff reaching me. And there I was, thinking of the telephone as an annoyance.

[1]As they say: Buses stop at a bus station, trains stop at a train station, work stops at a workstation.

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28 October 2007

This Week in Pictures

...more or less this week
Winter time, getting dark earlier

Here are a couple of pictures I've taken more or less in the last week or so.

No particular reason, no particular topic... ranging from the change of time, the sea, storage, to demonstrations with bicycles.

Bicycle demonstration on Vas. Sofias Avenue / Syntagma

Saturday last week we happened onto this bicycle demonstration. Cyclists were demonstrating for bicycle lanes, the right to take the bicycle into the Metro in off-traffic times, and generally a different way life in the city. More info (in Greek): Don't be fooled, this is just a very small part of the demonstration, there was a loooong line of more and more bicycles before and after.

Looking at the sea

Even though today wasn't so sunny, it was still warm enough for a stroll at the seaside. I wasn't the only one to enjoy that, others wanted to look at the sea too.

Storage space above bathroom

Like most apartments in Greece, ours has a storage space above the bathroom. This is ideal to store away some bulky or rarely needed items.

Winter time, getting dark earlier

Even without the switch to winter time it was getting dark ever earlier. Now that we've switched (yupp, this Sunday) I'll come out of the office and it will be almost dark. And a few weeks later I'll get off work right into the night. I'm a summer person.

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04 November 2007

Ah, c'est jolie!

Babylon in grün!

Die letzten Tage gings bei mir zuhause multi-kulti zu. Meine Mitbewohnerin hat Besuch aus Frankreich. So finde ich wiedermal raus, wie wenig oder wie viel Französisch ich noch versteh - und vor allem spreche. Am Anfang hatte ich doch tatsächlich noch leichte Hemmungen zu radebrechen, sonst gar nicht mein Stil. Dann kam am Donnerstag der Panos vorbei, der selber grad Französisch lernt, der hat die Gelegenheit genutzt: Lieber drauflosreden und was lernen als dumm rumschweigen! Hab ich mich doch gleich angeschlossen.

Bei mir ist das Problem eher, dass ich einige Wörter konstant mit dem Griechischen vermixe. Ging mir schon länger so, vor Jahren hatten mich mal französische Touristen in Kalamaki nach dem Weg gefragt, da hatte ich dann den sprachlichen Mixer auf Hochtouren laufen. Das hat sich heutzutage etwas gebessert, wie ich jetzt feststelle. Liegt vielleicht daran, dass sich wenigstens mein Griechisch etwas gefestigt hat. Wenn die Mädels untereinander so richtig losquatschen ist es allerdings schnell vorbei mit dem Verstehen. Aber schön anhören tut sich's wenigstens :-)

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14 November 2007



Es hat gestern abend geregnet, es hat heute morgen geregnet. Ich bin warm angezogen und hab heut morgen einen Schirm mitgenommen. Manche Leute haben seltsame Vorstellungen, wie man sich bei Regen anzieht. So komm ich beim Büro aus der Unterführung und sehe da einen Typen stehen, mit einem neuen Handy in der Hand.

Er trägt eine warme Jacke, Schal, eine dunkelgraue, recht warm aussehende Hose... und blaue Flip-Flops. Ja genau, die offenen Plastik-Sandalen, die mit einem Band zwischen grossem Zeh und den anderen Zehen am Fuss halten. Was soll man da sagen?

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29 November 2007

Χριστουγεννιάτικο Bazaar Ζωόφιλων

Καλό πράμα να έχουν αφίσα

Σήμερα το πρωί από το λεωφορείο είδα μια αφίσα για το επόμενο παζάρι του Σωματείο Ζωόφιλων στο Πάρκο Ελευθερίας: Σάββατο / Κυριακή 1.+2. Δεκεμβρίου. Είχα πάει εκεί πριν μερικά χρόνια, βρήκα κάποιο βιβλίο. Να δούμε αν θα βρω χρόνο το σ/κ.


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04 December 2007

Autumn Leaves

Not so common here
Autumn trees with yellow leaves in Athens center

Trees can be very different in Greece compared to northern Europe. While up there Autumn is the season when the leaves are turning yellow and red, and Winter is when trees and fields are barren, here it's more green in Winter, and dry and yellow in Summer. There are some small exceptions in Athens, where trees have leaves that turn yellow. They do so a bit late too. It's already early December, but these trees looked nice in this morning's sun.

Most of the time I don't think it's any good to compare countries. They do this one way here and another way there, so what? You got used to one thing and they don't have it here? I prefer to adapt. There are times when it gets confusing, because some habits were rooted deeply in you when you grew up. For me those are the moments when I step back and try to just observe the difference, not judge it.

When it really gets confusing it might help to have a place to retreat to, a good home where you are allowed to have things your way, even if that's a bit different from local habits. In the end, I take what I like from the local habits. I'm here because I like it, so it's easy to take a lot.

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08 December 2007

Rain Outside a 2CV

Two cylinders put-puting down memory lane

It's raining outside. I really enjoy this "sitting inside with the rain out of the window" thing. As a child I didn't have that, back then rain (or in general bad weather) was more of the "cant' go outside, so have to be bored" thing, even though I was a bookworm anyway. At some point that turned. Well, tonight when I ventured outside to get some food, I saw a nice red 2CV with white wings.

That sight reminded me of the feeling of running through the rain to my own 2CV, then fumbling with the door lock, jumping inside (seats and the whole car's suspension heaving), slamming the door behind me. And then sitting there for a second before starting the car, enjoying the moment of "being in the dry" and hearing the raindrops on the roof, transitioning myself from hectic necessity to get out of the rain to a mood more fitting for careful driving. Last step: Trying to get the heating emit anything resembling enough heat to fight the fogging of the windows (yeah I know, I wrote "trying" for a reason).

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13 December 2007

Meteor Shower... or Clouds?

Where are our sunshine days now that we need them?

It's cold, rainy, and uncomfortable, but that's not the reason I'm complaining about the weather. The reason is that now we would need one of those famous 300 days of clear sky we have every year in Greece, not the cloud cover we have now. We'd need a clear sky to see the Geminid Meteor Shower flashing up to 100 "shooting stars" per hour over the night sky (ok, not all of them really visible). There wouldn't be much to see in Athens itself (too much city lights), but it would be a chance to drive out of the city for a night excursion. But as I said, not likely with this weather.

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