I had a lot of fun in Germany, and I think this is my last post specifically regarding the trip to Germany. So have the last two pittures on the house.

A flying bull in Dortmund with a peculiar shield blocking it's eyesight. Don't stand in front of it.

A flying rhino in Dortmund with a peculiar shield blocking it's eyesight. Don't stand in front of it.

Ok, so it snowed the entire time. But, maybe, just maybe, you can make out the small, red remote-controlled car in the makeshift road track.

Ok, so it snowed the entire time. But maybe, just maybe, you can make out the small, red remote-controlled car in the makeshift speedway. The yellow one overheated ... I swear it.

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So it would seem, Dortmund is quite the busy place on Saturday. That’s the day of the market.

Flowers-dortmund

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Welcome to ISAS

main ISAS

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Ok, so I forgot my camera, so I’ll be brief (taste of pictures to come?). A nice group of Ph.D students here (2 American’s, 1 from Hongkong … all got their Master’s from schools in England) walked me around town and showed me what’s up. It’s a little town with a large market on … ok I forgot when, but I’ll figure it out. Oh ya, we went to a mexican food restaurant (I don’t know why) but it was really good. A lot better than in Charlottesville.

Things to know when traveling through Germany: 1) Beer is delicious; 2) Public Transportation strikes happen, but they’re nice enough to tell you ahead of time; 3) food is amazing; 4) not everyone speaks English; 5) everything closes at 8pm every night despite the fact that the law was changed recently; 6) everything is closed on Sunday.

Also, an interesting guy walking through town with a bike and 1 flat tire told me “das Polizie … no gute.” I have no idea why.

Ok going to sports bar now … later

Ok so there’s not a whole lot going on in this wide spread town of 500,000 on a Tuesday …. but who say’s you can’t just wander around and hope to see something right? Well here’s what I found within 10 minutes of the Institute:

Tree - Mercedes

Yep, there are tree’s in case you were wondering. In fact, this is in a huge beatiful-ish looking courtyard in between two separate stadiums whose purpose is completely unknown. This courtyard was destroyed by the winter, so if I come back, I’m seek this one out to get a better look. I do, however, love how the darkness magnifies my shaky-hand-syndrome to the point of making this tree look pasted onto the picture. One of the stadiums is the next picture:

U - Stadium

EDITED: I’m a moron and thought this was a stadium, it’s actually a large facility for the subway … doh!
So that’s all I got so far. I would have gotten to downtown, but it started to snow.

ISAS - Backside

The Institute for Analytical Science (ISAS) in Dortmund is a government and state funded institute where scientists come to do research in hopes of acquiring a Ph.D —> without course work (seriously it’s true). This is ISAS Dortmund’s back side, so to speak.

ISAS Guest House

The cozy cottage that 5 international scientists (4 Ph.D students and 1 Undergraduate) supposedly live. I haven’t seen or heard any of them. This view is of the backside where you get the loveliest view of the house and a nice look into my window. Actually, my window is the completely closed one.