Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ONCE UPON A VIDEO!

some of you may already know that we had a task-force project in summer in order to bring AIESEC into media. we started with this blog and then I had this idea to make a video regarding the future election in Germnay. this video promotes a message from non German AIESECers -who at the moment are doing their internship here in Hamburg- to Germans in order to give them enough reason to go out and vote, although AIESEC is not a political organizaion(totally non-profit) and it is all about having an impact on the society specially the youth!

actually the idea of taping such a video just came to my mind in the middle of one our task force meetings. it wasn't easy to gather people and also provide them with a flexible schedule, going to university (AIESEC office) directly after work for several days; inspite of all these, after seeing the result and how people support it, now I say it was definitely worth it.

video

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

From Matt's life - last 6 months in the random notes in no particular order

Matthew, intern from Texas, U.S., spent in Hamburg 6 months. He is one of these people that you do not need to ask for help - always proactive and supportive. With his 'trockener Humor', Matt is a person building good social relationships with everybody. He knows how to enjoy the moment. But check yourself - here are some 'random notes in no particular order' with 'other great memories' from his time spent during AIESEC internship and very useful advices how to survive in Hamburg...

Random notes in no particular order:

-Sunday tradition of Limon (best döner in Hamburg) followed by 70 cent Ice cream (Käse-Sahne being the best flavor, of course)
>in fact, I'll never forget the Hamburg habit (at least with AIESECers) of eating ice cream any time, anywhere, in any weather (thanks to Vicki)

-A German's ability to open a beer with any other object. I'm already famous in Boston for my ability to open a beer bottle with another bottle. I still don't understand why German's never adopted twist-off caps, except that they like to show off.

-Hofbräuhaus Hamburg- as close as one can get to Oktoberfest without actually being there.

-German chocolate- enough said.

-Watching the sun rise while eating a cold fish sandwich at the Fischmarkt (*only tasty after a night on the Reeperbahn …)

-BBQing in the parks when the weather was nice. I know Hamburg's weather is notoriously bad, but we had plenty of opportunities to BBQ.

-Always being assigned "grill master" by default because I'm from Texas. Ok, I am one, but I don't always like to be responsible for the grill.

-Cooking chili for everyone. In fact, all the trainees cooking their national cuisine for everyone else was a really cool experience. The cheese balls and chocolaty stuff from Brazil were especially good (sorry I don't remember the Brazilian names)


Reeperbahn

-Trying again and again to explain to people (Ginette!) that I don’t dance, no matter how drunk you get me, how much you try to dance with me, how many times you push me on the dance floor, etc. If you want a guy with dance moves, talk to Felix. He has no problem breaking it down on the dance floor.

-Waiting FOREVER (ok, 20 minutes max) for the S-bahn/U-bahn at the end of the night.


Other great memories:

-Muenster Reception Weekend- great town, good people, good fun (aside from the traumatizing spaghetti experience).

-Hamburg Reception Weekend- great sharing the wonderful city of Hamburg with others

-Copenhagen- SO COLD, but seeing the tiny beauty fish made it all worthwhile.

-Day-trip to Lubeck with the trainee family. Good weather, nice town, good beach (for Germany).

The bab.la kicker addiction- admit it, you all have a problem.

Advice:

-Go chill at the Alster!
-Make use of the Hamburg Stadtrad. Great way to travel around and see the city.
-ALWAYS carry an umbrella (no matter how clear and sunny it is).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1st September 1939-2009

04.45, September, 1st 1939, Nazi Germans invade Poland, beginning the World War II. Polish children do not go to schools. It was 70 years ago when lasting more then 5 years nightmare has started. Nightmare for all the nations.

04.45, September, 1st 2009, I am sleeping safely in my bed in Hamburg. My name is Natalia, 21, and I am Polish. The anniversary of the war helps me to realise how world has changed during these past years. I am in Germany, enjoying every single day of my AIESEC internship. Together with my Russian friend, we teach each other our native languages. Would I be able to do the same things 70 years ago?

Together with other people living here, we want to break the stereotypes. We do not prejudice. What is significant to me, is the fact, that we do not assess people based on their nationality but personality. In human we find at first other person, not the country they come from. Because of that I might tell that we, as new generation, are able to create better history.
NB