Now, however, my job duties only involve research. No more classes to take. Sure, there are colloquia here every now and then, but since I do not teach a class, nor am I taking a class, then I have more time in my hands. Hence, I am implementing a divide between my weekdays and my weekends. My weekdays are for work. But my weekends are mine. Unless there is a looming deadine, for example an abstract submission deadline, then I won’t work during the weekends. I think that’s a sane thing to do.
So what have I been doing during the weekends? Well, I am slowly discovering this new city of mine. And fortunately, I have a few partners-in-crime. Quite a few people from the past have been showing up in Berlin, so I have experienced quite a few blasts from the past lately. Funny, but I’ve only been here for two weeks but I already played tour guide to a few people. I am also slowly discovering the reality that Mitte doesn’t have any good restaurants, and if one wants a good place to eat, then one has to venture out into Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg.
I’ve also gotten a few invitations to some people’s homes. I decided to contact the Alumni Association of my undergraduate university here in Germany, and somehow, apparently, there are quite a few people who are here in the city. I suppose that’s one thing one can do when one arrives at a city knowing nobody.
Oh, of course I bring my camera. So the other day, I decided to visit the palace that is right in my neighborhood. It was only a couple of metro stops away, so when I got hungry during lunchtime, I just went back home and ate, and then went back to the palace to continue the tour! Pictures will definitely follow, don’t worry.
So yes, I think I am liking this weekday-weekend divide. Hopefully I won’t have reason to regress to my graduate school habits. But we’ll see about that.