Rutabaga Curling

Ithaca is the annual host of the Rutabaga Curling world championship. Of course, nobody knows of this wonderful sport outside the Tompkins area. It is interesting to watch because each rutabaga has its own special shape. So you never know how the root vegetable will move when you throw it.

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The event took place at the farmers’ market. Of course, we couldn’t go there without having the famous breakfast burrito from Solaz.

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Snowstorm!

Who could imagine there could be even more snow? But this one day we had over 10 inches of snow in just a few hours. This is probably more than we have all winter in Germany.

I am still enjoying the cold weather :)

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Famers Market in Fall

The Saturday on Thanksgiving weekend we decided to walk to Farmer’s market again. i had not been there in a while and it is nice to explore the city again now that the seasons have changed it so much.

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It is amazing how places can transform in the Fall. Walking to farmers market in the cold is rough, but the awesome breakfast burrito and the view on a half-frozen Cayuga lake is worth it.

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Thanksgiving (and more snow)

ThanksgivingFriendsgiving was on a lovely and super cold day. When I looked out of the house there was just so much snow. The impressive thing was that it pushed down the branches of all the trees, so our garden looked completely different.

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For lunch we went to Salvation Army to help feed the less fortunate. The absurd thing about the American society is that there are actually people that cannot afford to cook dinner for their family. There is almost no social security. Even worse, most people only volunteer on Thanksgiving. In fact, there were more volunteers than people in need.

In the evening we went to the house of one of our housemate’s friends. The dinner was completely vegetarian and it was the best (and most) I have eaten in a long time.\

Halloween

Every year, my co-op (I will post about what cooperative housing is another time) hosts a Halloween party. It was new experience for me, not only because I have never attended a big American Halloween party in my life, but also because it was amazing to see how the house transferred into a dance floor.

Of course, it left a huge mess in the house. Then again, this was a reason to finally do a proper cleaning of the first floor. I was able to observe that people — even though they were drunk — put there beer cans in the recycle. It seems like alcohol can enforce environmental friendly behavior, but I wasn’t able to collect enough data to confirm this hypothesis.

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Diwali

I attended my first Diwali celebration.  Still not really sure what they are celebrate but spending time with all my friends was wonderful.

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Also, there was a birthday the same day and we were able to surprise her with a self-made cake. We made the cake the day before. It took several hours but the result was worth it. At first it looked like a giant Oreo, but the cream cheese frosting made it just awesome.

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Homecoming

It is one of theses traditions you have never heard of when you come to the states. Basically, Homecoming is an opportunity for alumni to return to their school and celebrate their college days. It is (as many other festivities) also a chance for anybody else to party.

I wasn’t sure if I like it. The fireworks were pretty impressive though. I just wonder how many students could have been funded by the money spent on this.

The Commitment

You often hear about the analogy of marriage and Ph.D. studies. While it is may found funny there is some truth to it. You ask that one person to support and take care of for the next five or six years.

I feel like I have found an awesome adviser. He will probably be one of the most influential people in my life.