28 April, 2009


The following is a skype conversation with my colleague Sabastian which was preceeded by a discussion about what the word Kugelschreiber is in English.

Sebastian Walker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3_B%C3%ADr%C3%B3

Sebastian Walker: :)

Jaime: 'ballpoint pen' in English :)

Jaime: thanks

Jaime: Biro must be what the french call it.

Sebastian Walker: ne ne biro is english

Jaime: the guys name is french

Jaime: maybe the british call it a biro

Jaime: but no american will ever know what you are talking about

Jaime: unless you skype them a wikipedia page

Sebastian Walker: but in the uk, australia an new zealand you can use it

Jaime: 'It took him 1 year to build the pen. Ballpoint pens are still widely referred to as a biro[5] in many English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.'

Jaime: ha

Jaime: this is true

Jaime: Sebastian, today you have taught me some international English

Jaime: thank you

Sebastian Walker: yipieah , teached you english, so if you have any further question... :)

Jaime: I'll let you know

06 April, 2009

Forget Spring

I sat outside for two hours Sunday, after posting my "Spring is on the way" pictures. We had about a day of Spring, and suddenly now its Summer.

Small Shloss on the top of the hill.

An apple Orchard. Can't wait to see it in bloom.

There's that horse cart again...
I've seen it at least 5 times this weekend.

Do you see the light and dark contrast on my face?
That's what what they call "Sonnen" here.

Yup! That's a Zepplin. They were invented by the lake. You can go on tours here!!!

Tourists! (Its like taking a picture of yourself in the mirror)

I couldn't believe it, they were playing Ultimate.

Mini-Minature Golf

Claudia and Alex

Claudia and Me

We were warming up for Paris.

A Swan


05 April, 2009


...and my Dad.

Ultimate Frisbee

Walking is great and all, but I need an excuse to run.

04 April, 2009

Centrally located with a charming view.

WARNING - This is not the Paris Blog-WARNING

Sorry but I am soo overwhelmed by my Paris photos and stories, its going to take a bit to pull it all together. The following Blog is one I started before I left. A quick tour of the apartment I am living in for the year.

Living Room

View from Living Room to Entry And Kitchen

Entry/ Drying Rack Area

Back of the front door... Who knows? Apparently boys used to live here.


My Room

Comfy futon in the living room PERFECT for Guests.

Not so roomy Bathroom. Does have hot water!

Signs of Spring in Uberlingen

The signs of spring in Uberlingen are a lot like those in Portland. The Crocus flowers have been teasing us for weeks.

Yet there are a few spring changes that are new this year.

I didn't expect to see a truck driving palm trees through town.

We've been having our coffee outside these days...

At work and on the weekends

The view out of our office window is perking up a bit with flowers

But we are also keeping the shades down to cut down on the glare from the morning sun

In addition to coffee breaks, now wine and beer "breaks" are by the lake as well.

Sail boats are starting to dot the lake.

Each Saturday there are more carts and stands at the farmers market.

My morning routine now includes remembering where my keys and sunglasses are instead of trying to keep track of my keys, gloves, hat, scarf, and chap stick.

My American colleague, Laura, remembered hers on this sunny walk. We go for walks all the time here, as do the locals.

Every house and garden is perking up just a bit with more color than the week before.

There is also the occasional scent of nearby farms. (I find myself thinking fondly of Arlie road and Tillamook.)

Easter decorations are scattered across yards on the verge of leafing out.

The lake is suddenly much more attractive. It's finally warm enough to venture to the water's edge without an extremely chilling wind.

I realized the other day that I hadn't actually touched the water yet. I think it’s just a bit warmer than the Pacific, but only just a bit.

Caravaning is a popular past time here. And with the long Easter holiday coming up, they were out in full force.

I get the feeling that living in Uberlingen in the summer will be completely different from my quiet winter experience.

Already the tourist crowds are picking up, and this weekend, a carriage "Kulture" tour was working its way through Uberlingen at least twice a day. This is the view from my apartment window.

There have been more cyclists wearing helmets too, I am assuming these are tourists. Before, people riding to work wore their work clothes and didn't bother with helmets much. Those wearing helmets were also decked out in fancy professional bike gear. Now there is a whole new bike crowd, casually dressed, moving slowly in groups of two or more and all wearing helmets. Many accessorize with fanny packs as well. (This may have been what tipped me off.)

The local businesses are sprucing everything up. Here some boat signs are getting a fresh coat of paint.

Next weekend I will be in Paris. I can hardly believe it. I promise I will take lots of pictures and post an extensive blog describing my adventures, but only on the condition that I get a few personal e-mails in return. I know there are a whole slew of you who are keeping tabs on my "adventures" but I haven't heard about any of yours for months. Sarah, I want wedding updates! Liesl, I want baby updates! Jen, I need some gossip! And family, well, know that I miss you all and that I will be thinking of you while I am at Easter Mass in the Notre Dame Cathedral, not to rub it in or anything. Hee!

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