The end-of-term workload has begun to pile up quickly. While I’ve been managing to chip slowly away at my three final papers, a game theory exam is still looming on the horizon. To top it off, I’ve got a German C-1 level proficiency exam next week, which will determine if I have the language skills to directly enroll in a master’s program here in Berlin. I’m familiar with the stress from the winter semester, but it’s nevertheless going to be a long couple of weeks before everything is officially over. Luckily however, the World Cup (German: Weltmeisterschaft, or simply WM) is in full swing and helps to take my mind off of all the work. It’s become all the more exciting now that Deutschland has moved on to the final round of the tournament after this week’s remarkable 7:1 victory over Brazil.
This is a preview of One Year in Germany: WM Fever.
My parents came to visit me last week and even though they only stayed for a few days, I know we all had a nice time together in Berlin. The day they arrived just happened to coincide with my final exam for the BCGS 6-week German course, so it definitely proved to be a tiring afternoon.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: A Visit From the Eltern.
Patrick’s Berlin rugby team. Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo
Last Monday I gave my first oral presentation (Referat) here at the Freie Universität. Although I only spoke in front of my small German class, I nevertheless found the exercise useful. After all, in about one week the real classes begin, and I’ll have to prepare such presentations regularly. I can only hope that my German ability will up to par by then. Up until now I’ve had both good and bad days with the language. Just when I think I’ve carried out a near flawless conversation at the dinner table I find myself stammering incoherently in front of a street vendor while trying to order a bratwurst.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Stress Relief and Rugby in Berlin.
It’s hard to believe that the World Cup is already over. And with Germany coming out on top, what a lot of fun it has been. We’ve had thirteen bloggers covering the ups and downs of the event since the beginning, and we wanted to take a moment to thank all of them for writing and all of you for reading and commenting.
We ended up with a total of 60 World Cup posts (which you can still find here if you just want to keep reliving the event) with Joshua Burns as our blogging superstar with over 18 percent of the posts. Here here. Thank you so much guys!
Well what a finale that was! It was a thoroughly exciting final game between Argentina and Germany, with either side looking like they could take the trophy home at any minute. I also found this final game was much better and more exciting than the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is something I was worried about. Fortunately however, both teams attacked aggressively and there were lots of great plays on both sides.
Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (photo: Ian Schneider)
This is a preview of World Cup Blog: End Of World Cup 2014 And Filling The Void Left Behind.
Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. No matter how brilliant, it’s already old news and there isn’t much one can say that hasn’t already been said in the media and social networks. But more than winning the World Cup, Germany has accomplished a much more difficult task while making it look like easy game: they have conquered Brazilian hearts (and that was way before the heartbreaking 7X1).
Ever since their arrival in Salvador (the capital of the Brazilian state, Bahia) the German squad spread niceness and charisma wherever they went. Neuer and Schweinsteiger wore the uniform and sang the hymn of the local team Bahia and put smiles on the faces of local citizens (even the ones that don’t cheer for Bahia). Podolski and, the usual nice guy, Schweinsteiger, also wore the uniform of the most popular team in Brazil, Flamengo (from Rio de Janeiro). Many German players posted messages in Portuguese to the locals in an attempt to socialize with them (and also in person on beaches and streets of Brazil).
This is a preview of World Cup Blog: Road to Glory.
At the moment Brazil lost Neymar, the supporters started to say that everything was lost, how could we plan to get in the final without our best player. Thiago Silva would also miss the game.
Despite the young age Neymar already hold on his shoulders a huge weight full of 200 millions of hope in this World Cup. It’s true, there are another players to share the pressure. But after what happened yesterday maybe the team, and mainly their confidence has depended too much on him.
The road to the World Cup 2018, Illustration by Jessica Barra
This is a preview of World Cup Blog: The Sad Ending to Brazil’s World Cup Dreams.