Im Moment hab’ ich richtig viel zu tun. Ganz im Gegensatz zu vor zwei Monaten. Aber jetzt türmt sich die Arbeit in allen bereichen. Mein neuer Job als Physikdozent an der Fachhochschule nimmt jetzt Zeit in Anspruch und auf der Baustelle gibt es jetzt einiges zu tun für mich. Und dann hatte ich noch zusätzlichen Papierkram zu erledigen: Beim Amt wegen der Grundbesitzsteuer, Zeugnis aus Dresden für den neuen Job, Fahrsicherheitstraining wegen zu schnell Fahren, andere Jobbewerbung und Vorstellungsgespräch.
Germany won the World Cup today. Elmar and I watched with friends at Bar 96 on Rainey St. in Austin. We met some nice Germans traveling through, and an Argentina fan bought us all a round of drinks.
Still, it surprisingly felt bittersweet, as it’s the first World Cup I’ve followed while not living in Germany. Continue reading
The last time I was in the US for a soccer World Cup was 2002. I had just graduated from Boston University and was living on Comm Ave. that summer. No one knew why people were driving, honking, and flying the Brazilian flag at 6 am on a Sunday. It turns out Brazil had just won the World Cup against Germany, 2-0, and the time difference to host country, Japan, is 14 hours.
Today, Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. And Americans were watching. I’ve been surprised at the fervor with which people are following games here in Austin. There are viewing parties in bars and offices. People care. In fact, Elmar even cares here more than he ever did in Germany because it’s been a good way to chat with his students and colleagues at ACC and ITT. While I’ve enjoyed watching games in English and Spanish, my heart is with cheering on Germany at “Public Viewings” in Dresden. Continue reading