In June I attended the Taylor Swift concert on one of the evenings after the competition, and after hearing so much about how bad TSwift’s live singing is, I’d harbored low expectations. The concert turned out really good though. Singing, stage presence, everything was great. My seat was good too — first row behind the extended stage. During several songs when she came up to the middle stage I could really see up close. I was rather disappointed that she didn’t play my favorite song (Enchanted) but at least she played Sparks Fly and State of Grace. I think I took this photo during Long Live.
Soon (one day) after came XLAB. Gottingen is a really small university town, and its city center consisted of only several streets. We stayed in Hotel Beckmann in Nikolausberg, a family-owned B&B-type thing. The Sun set at close to 11pm, making the days seem endless. This gave us some time to look around Gottingen and its outskirts, despite the course being from 9–4 to 5pm daily. The exchange trip people had a lot more time though, some of them went to Berlin / Krakow / even further maybe.
The city square and GanselieselThe University “jail” wall covered in students’ graffiti Wheat fields en route to PlesseburgBunch of horses in somebody’s backyardView from PlesseburgHot chocolate at the castle restaurantSalmon skewers tangled up with risotto and vegetables at Bullerjahn (allegedly the best restaurant in town). Honestly though, I’d rather have eaten more of the 1 Euro-bratwurst. Majestic conifers at Stadtfriedhof, resting place of 8 Nobel laureates. I wasn’t expecting much from the graveyard, and was initially rather incredulous about this visit (I was thinking along the lines of the Choa Chu Kang cemeteries, which goes to show how close-minded I can be sometimes). The place was really beautiful and haunting. It felt very surreal.Lake, still at StadtfriedhofSome lake beside which we had an alfresco dinnerThe XLAB building. We knew most of the theoretical coursework already, but the practicals we did were stuff that would never get approved here in SG and it was a pretty cool experience.