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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Summertime

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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Free falling from the sky

Juli 3rd, 2016

All the days of the week I have been thinking of my plans for Sunday: skydiving.

After doing house running the weekend before, I somehow had the desire to do something more thrilling. Therefore I looked up on the internet for possible activities. At the beginning I thought about going for bungee jumping once again but either the locations were too far away or all dates had been booked.

Browsing through several websites I came across tandem parachuting and without thinking about it too much, I signed up for Sunday morning at a small local airport near my parents home.

 

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In search for the kick

Juni 26th, 2016

This week I joined a workshop with colleagues from different countries an continents. The mixture was quite interesting as we had people from Germany, USA, Turkey, Japan, Korea and South Africa.

While having a break between two sessions, I have been talking to one of the colleagues from the U.S. about spare time activities. He told me that he likes pretty much everything which is extreme and gives his body a does of adrenaline.

This reminded me of the idea that I had planned to do house running but somehow never did it.

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It is different

Juni 18th, 2016

On Monday evening I arrived in Germany after a flight of nearly 12 hours at the airport in Munich. After leaving the plane, I had to walk through several corridors to reach the security check for my connecting flight. Moving the feet and legs felt pretty good after sitting for a long time with only a small alley to walk back and forth when going to the toilet.

At the security check I immediately realized that I am no longer in Korea. There was no friendly “Hello” by the staff and the atmosphere was more like being investigated by the police rather than a simple security check.

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Festival time

Juni 11th, 2016

When it comes to music, I am always doing hard to describe my favorite genre. First of all this depends on my mood and activities. There are periods I prefer black music, other times I tend to listen to rock music more often.

At home, I often have some deep house or downtempo music in the background when doing laundry or browsing websites on the internet.

 

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Seoul – Busan – Seoul – Busan – Seoul

Juni 4th, 2016

It is time to travel again. Last Thursday, several colleagues and me had to go on a business trip to Busan for just two days. On Friday evening we were back in Seoul and the weekend could be spent at home.

 

This week, another business trip to Busan was on the agenda. We left on Friday and after our arrival in the South, we had a final wrap up meeting for that day. The next morning we met again to continue with our work.

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It has arrived

Mai 29th, 2016

One and a half weeks ago I placed the order for a kitchen machine on a common online shopping platform in the USA. The same product is also here in Korea but the price is not comparable at all.

Considering of buying the same machine in Germany instead of in Seoul, I would save a lot of money already but getting it from its home turf is even more attractive.

 

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Baking: the next level

Mai 22nd, 2016

Recently I so much enjoy baking that every Monday my colleagues find a box of fresh cookies, a taste or cake or other pastry in the office.

Making these things means lots of joy to me and so I do not mind going to bed late because cookies needed to be finished or frosting applied on a cake.

 

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