Barcelona, day three: parc de la ciutadella and La Barceloneta

Our third day in Barcelona started with Bauernfrühstück. We had some cooked potatoes left and added some eggs, bacon and onions for a delicious meal. After the breakfast we headed for the parc de la ciutadella saw the font de la cascada, an imposant monument with (you would never guess) some cascading wells.

Brunnen
“Gaudi was here”

The park is nice, mostly populated by joggers, school classes and mammoths.
The three buildings which were marked in our map were all unsatisfying. The Castell dels tres dragons (a museum) was closed and had a site fence surrounding the building because of falling debris. Also the hivernacle as well as the umbracle building were closed and a little bit untended.
The university building of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra on the other hand was very nice. I have to admit that I don’t know so many other old university buildings (the campus of my university was build ~ 10 years ago) but the UPF has a nice mix between modern and traditional, old buildings.
Tip (blatantly stolen from our guide): Go into the university main entrance and go into the library. Follow the instructions to the dipòsit de les aigües. It looks really nice.

We had a quiet good (and for Barcelona cheap) meal at the university canteen (noodles with tomato sauce).

After the lunch we went to the beach. Unfortunatly the weather got worse (wind, no sun, wind and around 12° Celsius) and I could not swim in the mediterian sea. I have to catch up on that later. We walked the beach promenade and saw some of the tourist spots (like this copper fish)

A copper fish on top of a building
By Gehry

The rest of our tour we underwent in the district of Barceloneta, where we tried to find stuff mentioned in our guide. But after ~5 hours of walking we were tired and headed home. We then had a real nice Rioja from 2005 with our salad.

Barcelona, day two: Montjuic and El barri gothic

The second day of our holiday started relaxed: We slept till 11 AM and had a long breakfast with cereals and toast. Interestingly enough the milk you can buy here in the supermarket gets sold uncooled. This seemed a littel bit odd to me, because in Germany almost all milk is getting sold cooled. The only milk in Germany you can buy uncooled is UHT-milk. So I assume the milk is kinda prepared as well. Also interesting: We bought everything for German breakfast (bread, butter, cheese and wurst) but the wurst happened to be cooked ham (called “Mini York”). That alone wouldn’t be bad at all but the ham tasted literally like nothing…

Anyway, we started our sunny day IMG_20150317_135609 with a metro ride (9,95€ for 10 rides, very cheap in comparison to Berlin) to the Placa de Espana where we walked our way up to the Museo nacional d’ Art de Catalunya IMG_20150317_155635. We went to see the German pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe IMG_20150317_145650.

We planned to use the cable car to district El Raval, which was marked in our map, but this cable car just didn’t exist. So we took the bus to the station universitat where we strolled through the districts. We saw some nice small alleys (and found some guardian gooses IMG_20150317_183347) and ate some “original” catalan food. I bet they took more money from us than it was worth, but that’s the way of the tourist 🙂

I do know that the images are all messed up. I have to look into that when I’m back

Barcelona, Day one

Today my fiancée and I flew to Barcelona, for our vacation.  It’s a bit early in the year for a hot Spain holiday, but the city is big enough to cover some bad-weather days.

We flew with germanwings from Berlin at 11 AM and had a pleasantly easy flight. My fiancée and I played Ticket to Ride on her iPad (two times, we had a tie). By the way, Ticket to Ride is a nice game you should absolutly try it once (Amazon Affiliate Link)

In Barcelona we took the Aerobus Barcelona to the plaça del catalunya and walked the last part to our AirBnB accommodation. Next to our apartment is a small café, in which we had  café con leché and a bocadillo, while we waited for out host.

The apartment is small but nice. From our balcony we can see the Sagrada Familia

Picture from our balcony, Sagrada Familia in the distance
If you squint the eyes realy hard and lean from the balcony, you can the it
and we have a Mercato on the opposite of the street. After we ran some errands we prepared a nice tortilla with guacamole. Yummy!
Because of the holidays, I gifted my self with a set of different brands of beer:
Image of three cans and a bottel of beer
Four different beers to taste

So far I tested three of them and they were all very nice.

Bonus content: Cakes! IMG_20150316_193800

You Need A Budget – Free students licence

I’m a huge fan of the software You Need A Budget for my budgeting purposes. I was evaluating the software after I realized that my Excel solution is not feasible (read: to complicated).

I installed the 30 days trial version until it expired. After that I uninstalled it and used the Steam demo version. So I had double the evaluation time. And evaluate I did. After that time I was this close to actually purchase YNAB 4 via Steam. But as a student I’m rather short on money. (That’s why I need to budget in the first place…)

But hey, I’ve got more luck than judgement and on the end of march YNAB 4 was released for free for students! Lucky me.

Conditions

  • You have to be a student of a college (in Germany: Fachhochschule ist auch in Ordnung)
  • This is NOT limited to US students
  • The licence is valid for the current year. After that date you have to ask for a new licence, if you are still a student.

If you are a student and struggle with your money (who doesn’t?) I realy recommend you to try YNAB in the trial version. And if you like it, grab YNAB 4 for free.

Disclaimer:

I don’t work for YNAB and I’m not related to the company. My only benefit was the free student version.

 

A new project

Whoohaaa a new project from the university. David and I were assigned to the Computer Museum on the university campus. There we (and six other students) will be responsible to install, customize and deploy a tool called CollectiveAccess (Homepage). CA is a open source tool to register items, tag and mark them and then display them on a front end.

There were two teams of the terms before us, who already made some analysis, set up server and even made some sleek videos of some of the items. We’ll have to analyze which of their data is useful for us and which data can be abandoned.

In this project, we will work closely with the museology team of our university, so it’s a interdisciplinary project. We’ll have to see if we can help them with our skills

New term, new pain

A new term started today and so far nothing interesting happened. System management and analysis would be generally an interesting course, but till now it’s only a recapitulation of known facts, so everyone has the same level of knowledge.

The problem is: There are so many students here which seem to know everything, or at least think that they know everything. (Of course, only David knows everything). It’s interesting when they answer a mere rethorical question wrong and the lecturer tries to avoid to say: “That’s wrong”. Instead he comments the answers with a variety of versions like “Um, yes, in a certain way you could say that” or “Interesting idea, but not exactly what I was looking for”. And I think some of the students think they made an important statement.

But it’s the first day, I probably won’t see most of the other students again until the exam is on due.

Egg cartons. A lot of them (47 to be precisely)

Ever wanted to know how egg cartons would look like, if you stack up enough to contain 352 eggs?

Me neither. Nonetheless, here are the egg cartons we gathered for our band room:

We gathered so many of them to quieten our band room. But now (after we accumulated so many cartons) we canceled the room, because of a raise of the rent.

The Desert Spear – Peter v. Brett

Dang! that was enthralling. I just read Peter V. Brett’s second novel “Desert spear” from the demon cycle. I’m still a little bit agitated. I’ve read the first book a while ago and found it very good. In my opinion the second book is even better than the first one. I couldn’t refrain from reading it for about 7 hours today…

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