Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My first Phillies Game

Ok, when you live for a while in America, there are certain things you should experience. One of them is visiting a Baseball game. On the 28 September, i went with a few interns to one of last games before the play offs of the Phillies, the Baseball team of Philadelphia. The whole game is more like a big social event where you can go together with your family or friends. On Monday they have this special that you get one hot dog for one $1 and during the game the mascot drives onto the field with a kind of golf cart and fires wrapped hot dogs with a huge cannon into the audience, this is so funny to look at.

I was lucky to sit next to Albi, one of the Siemens interns who patiently explained me all the details of the game. This was definitely not the last time that I went to a Phillies game, I love the atmosphere there!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly...aka Haunted Prison

Halloween comes closer which means that it is time to get scared...At this time of the year, they have a special attraction at the Old Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly. You can walk through the prison even during night times. Everything is decorated and arranged very scary and it really looks like haunted. There also lurk actors with really professional make up and in freaky costumes in the dark corner to dread you.

First, I was not sure whether I should go at all because as many of you know, I am easy to scare. So I thought I might be not a good idea...But on the other side I like the thrill that comes with the whole action. Finally I ended up there with Dominik.....and of course I was screaming and jumping and freaking out the whole hour we walked through. I think I was the perfect victim and they probably saw the fear in my eyes:-) I came out with a sore throat and sweeting from the excitement but it was fun though!

For those who are around here and who are interested, here is the webpage:

Monday, September 21, 2009

At home...

A few words about my home: I LOVE IT! Our house lies in the middle of green, you almost could think we are in the forrest. It is a huge house with 2 levels. My landlords live in the first level and live with my 2 roomies in the upper level. Julien is French and Lalo is Mexican. We have a great time here, I think I was really lucky to have them as housemates. More or less every night we hang around in the kitchen for a while and talk and have fun. In two weeks, another Siemens intern will move in and he will get my old room. Because since the middle of September I moved from my old room into the big master bedroom which has an bathroom ensuite, so I have my own bathroom and don't need to share it with the two boys anymore:-))) Since that time I also changed my car from a Hyundai Accent into a Nissan versa. My Hyundai before was a new car with only 2000 miles but it didn't even have a remote key. That was the main reason why I changed it. Most of the interns get rental cars without a remote key, so now I am one of lucky ones...That was a happy day!!

You can get a very good impression about my house, when you watch my images on my digital photoalbum:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Farewell again - Let it glow!

This weekend came up the last of the big farewell parties as the bif wave of leavers and arrivers is now over. Sadly enough, Rebecca, Corinna, Linda, Karoline, Albi and Faye organized our big get-together at the intern party house in the Wilson Avenue. Their theme was 'Let it glow!' So they exchanged all the bulbs in the lounge by black light bulbs. All we needed to do as the guests was to wear a white shirt. Once we arrived at the party, we found neon markers in all colors to paint our shirts with them and also some glowing accesoires to complete the outfit. As you can imagine, throughout the night, the shirts got more and more painted...It was a really cool party and funny enough, no flag or farewell slides were exchanged because they all left like 2 weeks later. See how it looked like:

For more pictures, check: http://gerryg.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Wii Sessions

I never thought this would happen to me...but I got obsessed...It all started on a quiet, lazy sunday afternoon in the beginning of September.... We went to the appartement of our trainee Bene who owns a huge flat screen and a Wii. At this day, it was the first time that I tried to play Mario Kart on the Wii. Even though I could not catch up with the guys' score, I had unbelievable fun and was laughing my head off. Guess what: That day we spent the whole evening there and played 8 hours Wii, before we left at 2 am in the morning. It was hilarious!!! Since then, we played a few times and it is just great! 2 weeks ago I had my best day at Mario Kart: I scored in the 3rd place in the most difficult level!!!Wuhu!!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Dolphin watching - Cape May

Time to watch dolphins!! Off we went to Cape May in New Jersey. The plan was to spend a day at the beach and enter the boat at 6pm. A few brave interns went earlier but as the weather wasn't inviting at all, our car left around midday and stayed only 2 hours at the beach. Then it was time to leave and jump on the boat.

I have to say after I did so well on the whale watching tour in Boston without getting seasick, I felt quite confident to manage this challenge again. It was very chilly on the boat and the sea was quite rough but at least no one got seasick at all.

No clue, if we could blame it on the weather but we weren't that lucky with the dolphins at all. Well, we saw a few, sticking their heads out of their water but they were not very active that day. Annegret, one of our interns was very lucky a few weeks ago, she had the chance to see them jumping out of the water and was able to take tremendous pictures as you can see here:

For more pictures, check: http://gerryg.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php

Saturday, September 05, 2009


The weekend after the Stars & Stripes Party was dedicated to day trips. The main reason for that was the Labour day, a bank holiday on September 7, so we had loooong weekend! Great! With a group of 11 people we started with a few delays bc of a party night before but finally hit the ground in Philly. Our starting point was the Museum of Art but many people might recognize it better when I tell you that it shown in a sequence in one of the Rocky movies. So, it was an absolutely 'have-to-have' picture with the Rocky statue:

Then, we entered the stairs, correct THE STAIRS from the Rocky movie and one of the interns took a video while we were all running up the stairs. It might not look exactly that sporty but at least we had fun.

The whole day we explored the city by walking around but didn't enter any of the overcrowded tourist attractions. This is something you can do in winter time, when it becomes less touristy. Our day ended with a great BBQ at Artur's house, one of the interns who lives in Manayunk, just 7 miles from Philly.All in all, it was a great day full of new impressions and I had the chance to get to know some of the new interns better who arrived just a few days ago.

For more pictures, check: http://gerryg.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php