Doener Kebap, Gummies, Mensa Cafe

This morning we made a quick stop at the Wattenmeer Museum to collect steal amass gather some maps of the Wilhelmshaven area for Lisa’s project. And also because they are just great maps. While there, we met this wolf, bear, hyena or prehistoric dog.

zachary risking his life while we collected maps
zachary risking his life while we collected maps

Like any college student, much of our day revolves around the gathering and eating of food. We are not ashamed of this. Breakfast is usually bread (toast this week!) with butter—because butter in Europe—maybe some fruit and a lot of coffee. For lunch the Mensa Cafe on the Jade campus is unusually cheap, less than 3euros for a huge tray of food, and it’s very good. There are snacks for our work table—gummies, chocolate and animal cookies.

animal crackers. because grad students can be toddlers too.
animal crackers. because grad students can be toddlers too

Probably the clear winner in the favorite food category on the Germany trip overall are the döner kebaps. There’s no way to accurately describe this mess of deliciousness (at least for those meat-eaters in the group). I think we will all agree that this is Hector’s favorite.

döner kebab. it's what's for dinner.
döner kebap. it’s what’s for dinner.

Today we made great individual progress on our projects for The Value of Design. There will be exciting things to share with you on Friday! Great thinking, conversation and maybe even some thesis development occurred. We talked about Nike, Starbucks, tacos, semiotics, online voting and maps. This is a great group, and we are so lucky to have Claudia guiding us into deeper thinking and better design, and always putting us on the right bus.

zachary & claudia, serious discussion
zachary & claudia serious discussion
jordan, deep thoughts
jordan, deep thoughts
lisa mapping the process
lisa mapping the process

Speaking of our bus rides, there could not be a more interesting social experiment than public transportation in Wilhelmshaven. This morning we met the most wonderful, engaging woman from Spain who has lived in this little town for 50 years. We felt as if we knew her as a friend in a mere 15 minutes. And on our return trip at the end of the day, a boy of only 10 years old engaged us in three languages: English (“Are y’all from England?), Polish and German. Okaaaay.

bus ride with the locals
bus ride with the wonderful locals

Also we met Claudia’s momma tonite! Well, at least on Skype.

claudia and her cute little momma
claudia and her cute little momma

A little reminder of the quaintness that we experience each day in our little slice of heaven:

watching the bridge swing open
watching the bridge swing open

And one last visual for day—one of the blackface typefaces that we see each day!

just a common typeface here in germany :)
just a common typeface here in germany :)

 

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