Relaxing with a thrill

September 11th, 2016

Time is definitely flying and the first week of my vacation is already over.


Since I am doing very hard to stay away from work and not following up on emails coming in, I found myself several times in front of my laptop answering them, forwarding them to colleagues and have short phone calls to push things forward.

I did not make a schedule for each and decide in a rather spontaneous way what I will do, and so there is the likeliness that I have time to focus on work for one or two hours.


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Ready to go

September 2nd, 2016

It is Friday evening and everything is prepared: both suitcases are packaged, hand luggage as well and in a few hours I will leave to the airport.


Today was a quite intense and very focused day at work. Due to a company almost no one could be found sitting at her or his desk at the office and when it comes to our team I was the only one who did not attend. I had decided to skip this event since I needed to finish some tasks before being out of office for more than two weeks. Moreover, I had a meeting with a supplier and a telephone conference with colleagues in Germany on my agenda.

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Buying gifts for the ones at home

August 28th, 2016

Finally my plans for the upcoming vacation have been settled and I somehow feel relieved that I made a decision about what to do.

Against all ideas and thoughts I had before, I planned a flight back home and will stay with my family for a little bite more than two weeks. I agree, this is will not bring me many new experiences like new places or discovering a totally unknown place.


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Connection to home

August 20th, 2016

It is five and a half years now that I am living abroad and visit my home country only when going on a business trip or being on vacation.

Before my first assignment to Beijing, the company sent every employee on a group workshop for intercultural training. One part of the training was a report from someone who had been an expat for several years and shared his – in our case it was a man – insights into daily life, challenges, experiences, happy and sad moments.


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Buying gifts

August 14th, 2016

The second half of this year has started more than a month ago and in my case this means that several birthdays and anniversaries need to be taken care of. For instance, in October there are three birthdays plus one anniversary, followed by another one in November.

With Christmas in the month afterwards it means that this period of the year is also the more expensive one.


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Still no idea what to do

August 6th, 2016

Planning this year’s vacation is still a topic. Though thinking about it almost every day, there has been no progress at all.

I have been browsing additional websites checking multiple offers but no booking has been made.


It is not the question of ideas because I have multiple things that I would like to do: a trip to the north of the Korean peninsulas sounds interesting, but getting there as well as the trip itself will be a little bit complicated. Entering the country is only possible from a few cities in Russia or China. This means that I need to travel to one of these places first, before I can start the journey to the actual destination. Finding appropriate flights was complicated and most of the time it would require staying an additional night in one of these cities adding costs on top.


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Midnight walk

Juli 31st, 2016

Recently, I find myself going out for a walk late at night. Sometimes I am out for half an hour, other times up to an hour walking through my neighborhood and the area around.


There are two reasons I am doing this: first, I caught a cold and can not go to the gym for working out at the moment. With hot and sticky air outside and dry, cool and air-conditioned climate inside buildings, you can easily get a runny nose and a cough.Outside you fell warm and start sweating, then you go inside and feel cool because of a slightly wet shirt and the fan from the air-condition.

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Vacation planning

Juli 24th, 2016

This week the company asked the employees to hand in each one’s planning for her or his annual leave for 2016. Up to now, I had not made up my mind what to do or where to go and so I also had no schedule when to take a few days off.


Surely, I did have days off already in 2016 but either it has been annual leave brought forward from last year or a single day of overtime compensation here and there. Since Christmas I had not been on holiday for a longer period spending my time doing whatever I want.


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Juli 17th, 2016

Summer has arrived in Seoul and this means many days of rain. The first part this season is also known as the rainy season and therefore you better take an umbrella with you when leaving your home.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the rain will not stop for several days. It its more like this: some days it is raining from morning until the evening, other days just for a few hours. With the temperatures being rather high, the air is filled with humidity and quite sticky.


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Returning home

Juli 9th, 2016

My business trip to Germany had come to an end and it was time to pack my bags. Thinking about all the days I had spent there this time I have to conclude that the journey was quite successful: the two workshops I attended were quite successful. Many things could be clarified, questions answered, decisions made and next steps defined.

Besides I had the chance to see my family twice on the weekends and do some nice activities such as house running and skydiving.


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