About Andrew

Andrew is from from the Philippines and currently studying PhD at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Read Andrew's blog for a first hand account of a foreign student coming to terms with a new language and a new culture. And follow Andrew as he progresses through his academic career and reports on topics as diverse as flea markets and hiking. www.freetaste.wordpress.com

Sailing through history at the Hamburg Maritime Museum

Hamburg, while technically a port city, is about 100 kilometers from the open sea. The river Elbe is its vital connection to the North Sea, a main thoroughfare for ships for trade and leisure. Hamburg brands itself as das Tor zur Welt (“the gate to the world”), a reminder of its heydays as a major [...]

By |February 2nd, 2011|General, Hamburg|2 Comments

Studying in Hamburg

Excerpted from a speech YG blogger Andrew gave at an official reception for international students in Hamburg this January. You can read it in full on Andrew's blog Freetaste. I am a student from another country, the Philippines to be more precise, and now living in Hamburg.  And like some of you, I [...]

By |January 26th, 2011|General, University and Education|1 Comment

Moving to Hamburg with a bag and a backpack

I arrived yesterday and checked in a 0.5 star hotel, the nearest and cheapest one that I can afford near the train station. As they say, you get what you pay for. I didn’t expect five-star hotel accommodation. To begin with, I heard sirens when I made my reservation via phone. I did [...]

By |September 16th, 2009|General|3 Comments

Rediscovering Berlin

I am now writing my thesis, and what better way to proceed than taking a break in between? It was a coincidence that we traveled from the capital of then West Germany (Bonn) to Berlin which is now the capital of unified Germany. My first time in Berlin last March was marked by [...]

By |August 5th, 2009|General|1 Comment

Berlin there, done that

A tug of shame bugs me in conversations concerning Berlin. Who wouldn’t be embarrassed if you had been in Germany for almost two years but had never set foot in the capital. But now, this is true no more. Thanks to my friends Omar and Billy who sought my generous umzug service. After ten of [...]

By |March 26th, 2009|General|6 Comments