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Wednesday, April 10th, 2002
10:15 am
Thanks to all the people, who have sent me birthday greetings.

This day I spent in the Royal Botanic Garden. I was laying in the grass, enjoyed the sun and the nice view. Its really fantastic there. Youre surrounded by nature, water and silence, but you still can see the high-rise buildings, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge.

From 6p.m. till 2 a.m. I had to work. (The only day in this week.)
In the end of the night AUD 60 were missing. Do you know what the manager said? We have to share the loss. I cannot believe it. Does anyone know, if this is legal?
(This means I was working 2 hours for free. - In return for the treatment I wrote one hour more on my sheet of friday.)
Thursday, April 4th, 2002
2:59 pm
The only possibility seemed to get a JP (justice in pieces).
Whatever that means.
Virginia told me its a verification of your person from another person who knows you. The problem: a JP can olny be a doctor, a pharmacist or another guy in a very good position.

Completly helpless I resorted to my uni. Luckily Jane wrote me a letter, that Im still a student there (thanks a lot) and that I live in a homestay.

So I tried my luck again in the St Georgebank in Randwick.
I gave them everything I had: passport, ID-card, creditcard, letter from the Mountbatten hotel, letter from the UNSW, international studentcard.
Finally my have a student account for free and a card.
Im happy now, but I would have never thought, that it can be such a long process to get it.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002
2:46 pm
Its so annoying. Today I tried to open an account and all I know its not possible, because I only have 80 points.
The first bank told me, that my passport is not enough to get it. I need a letter of my employer.
Well, I went to the next bank (close to the Mountbatten Hotel) with this letter and waited one hour.
In any case you need 100 points to open an account. That`s the regulation of the government and not of the bank.
My passport incl. working holiday visa counts only 100 points during my first six weeks in Australia (good do know, but a little bit to late).
Now, its only 70 points. The letter of the employer 10 points.
20 points insufficient.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002
10:59 pm
The whole day I spend with going to different bars, restaurants or cafes in the Georgestreet (which is very, very long) and asking for a job as waitress or barmate.
In the meantime I already had a one hour trial in the Mountbatten Hotel.
Friday I have to start at 5 p.m. Yippieh!!!

I need a taxation number and an account.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, March 14th, 2002
9:00 am
Today at 3 p.m. I have my first jobinterview. Im simmer with excitement.

Current Mood: nervous
Wednesday, March 13th, 2002
9:17 pm
hope I got the job
Tomorrow I have to call Holger, because of a job opportunity.
Jana met him in the Starbucks Cafe today. He is looking for someone, who wants to work for his company in the Marketing division for a while. Sounds great.
So I keep my fingers crossed for myself and wait.

By the way on Saturday I will go to Perth for a week, afterwards to Adelaide for another week. On Easter Sunday Im back in Sydney. Im so excited. I hope the weather will be better in WA.
I think, the summer is over in Sydney (sniff, sniff). Still warm (about 25 degrees), but no beach weather, because of the clouds.

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 7th, 2002
10:20 pm
the busstrike goes on
Another day off. (What a luck, that we are all excused for this reason.)
Actually Jana and I, we wanted to go to Homebush to the Olympia Park, but the closing time is at 4 p.m. and we arrived the ferry at 3 p.m. So we decided to cross the Harbour Bridge and have a look at Kirribilli and Milsons Point. Not very spetacular, but it was relaxing to sit on the other side and to look at the Opera House.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2002
11:11 pm
Busstrike in Sydney for 48 hours. Now I know, that it takes me exactly 45 min to the innercity (but snugly) and the bus lane was free.
We were rockclimbing in Lindfield. I couldnt try it, because I was wearing a skirt and thongs(it was a spontaneaous activity). For walking its gorgeous as well. Afterwards in Manly for having dinner. What a beautiful day!
Tuesday, March 5th, 2002
6:29 pm
A Beautiful Mind
Im touched. I can strongly recommend this movie. Good work Russell!
Thursday, February 14th, 2002
11:30 pm
Valentines Day
We went to the Open Air Cinema in the Botanical Garden.
"Amelie" in French with English subtitle. I was glad, that Ive already seen it in Germany.
The silver screen came up over the water, but you could still see the lighted Opera House. Quite romantic.
Friday, February 8th, 2002
9:06 pm
Japanese food and karaoke
Last night was so nice. At first we tried all kind of Japanese food (desert: ice cream made of algae or seaweed? and green tea - very tasty) and afterwards we had the possibility to embarrass ourself. However it was no problem with the help of sake and plum wine.
Tonight were going to celebrate the end of the first term in Carlos house. Some of us want to travel and some will stay a little bit longer. 5 weeks went so fast.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2002
10:03 pm
Incubus will coming to Sydney in March. Life can be so beautiful.

Current Mood: jubilant
Thursday, January 31st, 2002
10:25 pm
plan variance
The first item I would like to mention is that yesterday Incubus (one of my favourite bands) was given a concert in Cologne and I was not there. I could really cry, but you can't have one's cake and eat it.
Secondly we'll go by plane on saturday morning and come back on Monday evening for our Melbournetrip. Unbelievable, but that's cheaper than going by train. Of course we wanted to take a sleeper one and not an ordinary economic seat (because it's not really realxing to sit several hours in a seat at night).

Current Mood: energetic
12:50 am
unbelieble, but true
Yesterday we went to to Foxstudios and there was surprisingly Jamiroquai. In front of the Channel (V) Studios he was given a spontaneous free concert with following interview. What a fluke.
Today we're going to book our trip to Melbourne. We'll take the nighttrain on thursday evening and will go back on sunday.
12 hours by train, incredible.
Australia Day was G R E A T !!!

Current Mood: energetic
Friday, January 25th, 2002
12:53 am
trust in luck
Well, I survived tuesday without doing my presentation. I couldn't print my presentation, because the floppy disc didn't work in the uni. So I asked Leora for suspension. Now, I'm going to do it in 1 1/2 week.
Yesterday we were in the Sydney Aquarium. Very impressive to see sharks so close to you. The last huge aquarium was definitively my favourite one. Sharks and other seldom fishes were swimming between reefs and the background music was salving and dreamful. We have been sitting there almost one hour just for enjoying the scenario.
My plan for the next days:
tonight - going to Mid Term Party in Coogee (Shannons last act);
tomorrow - Bea's birthday (today we're going to bake a cake, Yvonni and me); saturday - A U S T R A L I A D A Y spontaneous activities, because there will be a lot of free events
(Actually I wanted to go to the Big Day Out Festival, but it's sold out. The artists are: Prodigy, Faithless, New Order, Silverchair, Garbage, NOFX, System of a Down, etc. In this way I can save my money, exactly AUD 88.)
sunday and monday: probably we will do a trip to the bluemountain (and see what is remained of the bushfires).
Money is a really problem, because you want to see and to do a lot and that's mostly not for free. Hope I'll find a well paid job for the last three months in Sydney.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, January 21st, 2002
11:01 pm
last weekend
Now I will summarize my weekend.
Friday evening Barcardi Latino Festival at Darling Harbour. (fantastic, still very hot under the starry sky of Sydney)
Saturday house warming party in Manly.
Sunday afternoon at Coogee Beach, in the evening Latino Festival again. (still fantastic)
I bought a CD of Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca. Afro cuban music style. Very good.
Now I really have a problem. My presentation. Tomorrow.
At first I thaught I could speak about my backpack, then my notebook. But insufficient information.
At the time I start to collect everything about the Lonely Planet. I can illustrate it with the help of my Australia Lonely Planet. Hope I will got it til tomorrow. Still 10 hours.
O.k. I enjoyed my weekend and now I have to work.

Current Mood: stressed
Thursday, January 17th, 2002
11:38 pm
La Fura dels Baus
Thats the name of the Spanish theatre company who showed their own interpration of Macbeth.
It was a true avalanche of images, violence, displacements, decibel, water and fire.
You had to wear 3D glasses and you was thrown into a whirlpool of sound and spectacle. You became an active participant - pushed and pulled through the auditorium without a moments rest. Sometimes shocking, sometimes violent and sometimes very beautiful imagery.
That was Macbeth.
I can really recommend OBS. It was incredible.
But now I have to sleep. Good night.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2002
3:36 pm
still raining
Freue mich schon auf morgen "Macbeth". Bea, urspruenglich aus Peru, aber seit 15 Jahren in Deutschland sesshaft, wird mich begleiten.
Wollten heute eigentlich schnorcheln gehen. Ist aber im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ins Wasser gefallen.
Habe gestern festgestellt, dass ich viel zu viel Deutsch spreche, denke und schreibe. Erstens, weil in meinem Kurs 4 deutschsprachige sind und zweitens, weil ich staendig e-mails, Livejournaleintraege und SMS in deutsch schreibe. Das muss wirklich aufhoeren. Ich habe das Gefuehl, dass ich vor einer Woche (da hatte der Kurs erst angefangen) besser war als jetzt.
Vielleicht sollte ich meine kuenftigen Eintraege in englisch taetigen. Das bedeutet, wenn ihr Fehler entdecken solltet, seht darueber hinweg. Am besten Du Dennis, keine Kommentare bitte.
12:44 am
It's raining
Wie es aussieht, kann es im Sommer in Sydney auch regnen. Weiss gar nicht, was man bei schlechtem Wetter hier machen kann. Gestern waren wir mit den Argentiniern in den Fox Studios. Dort gibt es stets jede Menge von Veranstaltungen besonders jetzt waehrend der Festival-Saison. Habe gleich fuer Donnerstag abend eine Karte fuer Mac Beth gekauft. Klingt vielleicht eigenartig, soll aber super spannend sein (damit meine ich nicht die Story, die ist ja bekannt). Es wird von spanischen Kuenstlern in sehr moderner Form aufgefuehrt mit speziellen Lichteffekten, etc. Kann ja mehr erzaehlen, wenn ich da war.
Heute fingen die Praesentationen an. Die zwei, die bisher dran waren, haben ihre Produkte sehr gut vorgetragen. Bei Carlos haette man fast meinen koennen, er bekommt Geld fuer seinen Vortrag. Bin ja mal gespannt, ob ich dass auch so fliessend vortragen kann. Und dabei weiss ich noch nicht mal, was ich ueberhaupt praesentieren soll. Jetzt muss ich mir die ganze Woche ueberlegen, was fuer ein Produkt, wie gestalte ich den Aufbau, was sage ich ueberhaupt 20 min lang und welche Hilfsmittel nehme ich dazu. Wenn mir jemand Tipps geben koennte waere ich sehr dankbar (ich meine Produkte, die man gut darstellen kann). Bisher vorgestellt wurden in recht ausfuehrlicher Weise eine Digitalkamera und das Sportstudio vom Randwick Campus.
Sunday, January 13th, 2002
7:55 pm
Heute bin ich mit der Faehre nach Manly rueber gefahren um Yvonni zu besuchen. Manly ist ein ganz reizender Stadtteil von Sydney mit wunderschoenen Straenden, aber leider ziemlich weit weg. In Manly zu wohnen, heisst die letzte Faehre nachts um 12 zu bekommen oder man kommt nicht mehr heim. Natuerlich kann man mit dem Auto fahren, aber auch dass ist alles andere als einfach.
Ist nicht mein erster Trip mit den Sydney-Ferries gewesen. Letzte Woche war ich mit meiner Gastfamilie im Taronga Zoo. Ich muss sagen, die Elefanten koennen eine ganz wunderbare Aussicht auf das Opera House, die Harbour Bridge und den gesamten Hafen geniessen. Was ich aber doch auesserst ungewoehnlich fand, dort gibt es tatsaechlich Kuehe im Zoo. Nun wir haben Kaengeruhs im Zoo und die Aussies Kuehe. Warum nicht.
Desweiteren weiss ich nun, dass 11 der 15 giftigsten Schlangen der Welt in Australien zu finden sind. Aber wie sagt man hier so schoen: "Not all the nasties in Australia will appear on your doorstep at once!"
Muss fuer morgen noch einige Hausaufgaben erledigen. Tja, in Sydney zu wohnen, bedeutet nicht nur den ganzen Tag faul am Strand rumzuliegen.
Ich werde mich langsam wieder auf den Weg nach Kensington machen, denn dort schlafe ich im Moment gerade, da meine Family auf eine dreibeinige Katze und ein Haus aufpassen muessen.
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