Not kissing the statue… Standing only in front of it!

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In the background, “the Gänseliesel (English: Goose Girl, Goose Lizzy”, which is according to Wikipedia*, “a fountain which was erected in 1901 in front of the mediaeval town hall of Göttingen, Germany. Although rather small in size, the fountain is the most well-known landmark of the city. Today, it is an essential part of graduation celebrations, for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Göttingen has to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the goose girl.”

Unfortunately, I did not finish a doctorate at the local university to take a photo of me kissing “the Goose girl”. Therefore, photographing myself in front of it!

Photos of graduates kissing the statue: https://www.google.de/search…

*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4nseliesel

Arab Christians in the Time of ISIS

I came today upon the article below. Christians from Arab countries are fleeing and those remaining, are sometimes discriminated against and of course at other times killed. Israel presents itself, among other things, as a country, where all citizens have equal rights.

I hope that others would learn the importance of being open-minded and accepting minorities!!! In a perfect situation, accepting minorities and respecting them is not a favor, gift, or act of kindness of the majority… It is a right of each citizen to be treated equal under the law! Here in Germany for example, I have quickly and easily noticed how the foreigners are vehemently protected by the state. I wish it existed the same thing in a country like Egypt, where Copts, who are not immigrants, cannot easily have the simple right of building churches. Not to speak of churches being burnt or bombed! 

The article: http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/2015/10/christian-trailblazer-israels-first-arab-manager-of-a-govt-hospital/

Ruhrgebiet’s English Book Club (REBoC)

Hello fellow book aficionados!

Welcome to the Ruhrgebiet English Book Club (REBoC), the first Ruhrgebiet-based book club! Lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike are welcome to join us as we will be reading and discussing a large range of books. While it is absolutely not required that English is your first language, be advised that we will be reading only books written in English.

We meet on a monthly basis and we follow the traditional book club format. This means that in each meeting we will decide on what book we want to read and discuss it in the meeting that follows. For this reason, whenever we are finished with one book, each group member is encouraged to recommend a book to the group so that we can explore a variety of literature.

We are based in Bochum but can meet anywhere in the Ruhrgebiet region (Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, Duisburg, and everywhere inbetween), depending on what attending members of any given event want.

We look forward to meeting you all!

URL of the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/de/ruhrgebiet-english-book-club

  • First meetup: “Meet ‘n’ Greet + Decide On Our First Book!”, Saturday 12.12.2015, 16:00, link.

– REBoC-Team
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English Book Club (Dortmund, Bochum and surroundings)

I searched and asked a lot and then much surprised that I had not found an English book club in or around Dortmund. Even in whole North Rhein-Westphalia, I only found one in Düsseldorf! I kept asking people until one told me, “You did not find one! Then establish one!”. So, here I am trying it!

Are there any people interested? We can meet in Dortmund or Bochum? What do you think? Any suggestions?

URL of the group:

– MeetUp: www.meetup.com/de/English-Book-Club-Meetup/

 

26.07.2015

The weekend was very long! In contrary to the saying that good times pass quickly, I achieved a lot in this weekend and it did not pass quickly! The reason is that on Saturday I remaind in my apartment. I did the groceries shopping on Friday afternoon.

What did I do in the weekend? I re-activated Facebook and then looked a little bit in some of the profiles of my friends, then deactivated it again! I read 3-4 papers over evolutionary psychiatry and read many Wikipedia articles related to evolution and philosophy. Moreover I read almost half of the simplified philosophy book “Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar”. It was intereseting, particularly the jokes in it! Philosophy is interesting. Shall I do a master in philosophy? Are there English master programs in philosophy in Germany? I searched quickly for that a few weeks ago and did not find any! In addition, I washed my clothes for 2,5 Euro! Finally, I bought this certain membership to satisfy my curiosity about something. I think it is too expensive but it, for example, encouraged me today to publish a video about talking history in German. I think it would be a famous video! It is one of its kind on YouTube! Aber speaking about my German grammar, it was horrible! I did not hear myself speaking so long before.I think this is because when I talk in every day life, I try to be quick rather than concentrating about what I am saying. I should correct that! This video helped me realise that very clearly.

Prof. Jean Decety visits Jordan. He mentioned that in a comment adressing me on Facebook 🙂 His lecture in Amman influenced me a lot. Will it influence me more?

I looked into the exam of the MRCPsych. It is not hard. But the question is: Should I remain in the psychiatry? Psychotherapy was very difficult for me. Should I now change the deparment and work with addiction patients? I think so. This seems a good option. I can leran more German and it is not “dangerous” and stressful to work in such a department.

What also? Yes, for the next three weeks I would be working alone in my ward. My senior physician is in holiday for three weeks 🙂

When should I take a holiday?

I should register for CME events!

I habe 4 hours of driving lessons next weeks. They costs a total of 140 Euro! Very expensive! I must learn quickly and get the driving license. Without a car is it a hell here!!!

I was about to sleep and then turned on the laptop and wrote the above. I think it is worth it! I should write more! If I still want to stick to my adolescense fantasy of being a famous writer! Easily just write!

25.07.2015

I passed last Monday the theoretical driving license exam.And now I am blogging in English? Why? To reach the largest possible audience? In the last 4-6 weeks I contemplated a lot about improving my German langauge. But this improvement happens very slowly. When I go into bookshops, and they are everywhere here in German, I still could not read and understand what is written in the books. German is very hard! How much more one needs to learn German? Probably a lot! But the problem, when I want to publish a research, or read about any thing then reading in English provides me with a lot more information. Wikipedia articles, for example, the English versions of articles are 3-5 times longer and more detailed than the German versions talking about the same topic.

So, if my aim to acquire information and then to publish it, then why learn a new langauge? English is everywhere now in science and in everyday life!

Therefore, I think that I am now more and more going to use and read only English! Investing time in any other langauge in our current time requires a lot of time and effort… And the information and the ability to communicate is the best in English!

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