In fact it’s actually a sad fact to some extend, but anyways.
It’s been a while since I’ve been looking for apartments and I though Copenhagen was the extreme case I’d never have to face again. So much for what I was thinking … back in reality I found myself looking for apartments in Munich. While the apartment we have in Copenhagen (as nice as it is) already put quite some weight on my wallet, the ones available (not necessary to us particularly, but general spoken) in Munich can yet trump the current situation.
Besides the whole pricing issue, there is a fun(ny) difference in style of apartments between Copenhagen and Munich. While it was not too easy to find an apartment in Copenhagen that had a bathroom that could fit two people at the same time or where you could take a shower that does not cover the whole room in water, this seems extremely easy in Munich. on the contrary I am slowly getting annoyed by the fact that seemingly all the apartment (even small ones) in Munich have in fact a second bathroom, some of the even two bath tubs. I appreciate the luxury, but do not exactly see the need why a three-room apartment for a couple or small family should waste spend precious and expensive square meters on a second shower/toilet.
Other countries, other customs. I guess …
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After spending yet another great time in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, the time has come to say good bye. There have been a few ideas, even fewer possibilities and finally only one decision. And … tada, the next step in my/our life will be the capital of Bavaria, Munich.
The LMU Munich has kindly offered me a position as a lecturer (Akademischer Rat) working on the ATLAS Experiment for the next three years (with the option of six years in total), which I just accepted.
So if all the bureaucracy doesn’t kill me/us on the way and we manage to find a place to stay in time, we’ll be in town by the 1st of April 2014.
When I am done rearranging my web site, the Copenhagen Guest Couch will (hopefully) be transformed into a Munich Guest Couch, of course.
Quite an interesting week(end) that just ended. Besides the follow-up work for the CERN Open Days (deciding in winners, cleaning up, preparing shipments, etc.), I was preparing the Kulturnatten (open days) event of the particle physics group at the Niels Bohr Institute. Unfortunately the central organisation did not spend as much time thinking about the event as we did. Anyways, I think we made the best out of it and it actually went quite well. We had one auditorium with usual stuff like posters, videos and the LEGO models, plus our new self-made cloud chamber, which worked like charm for several hours. I spent almost four hours straight giving talks about ATLAS and more. A fact my voice seems to thank me for now :(
That done, and after only three and a half hours of sleep, we had the 2013 Fotohalbmarathon coming up on Saturday. This year we ended up with in total twelve teams taking part in the end. Some entered late, some had to cancel on short notice. But it’s a nice number, and people seemed to have enjoyed it.
After that, I started preparing my trip to Manchester, which I am going to start in only a few hours. Once more, I had to disassemble and pack the original Copenhagen LEGO model and I will take it on the plane in a bit.
Together with some people from Manchester, I will rebuild it tomorrow and on Wednesday non other than Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs is going to sign it :)
I am admittedly quite excited :)