La Bicicleta

by Carlos Vives & Shakira. If I think of summer 2016, I will have this song playing in the background 🙂 As a beginner cyclist–my first biking trip was four years ago, only one year after I learned how to ride a bike–, I’m quite satisfied with the biking trips I did this summer: Bolzano-Terlan-Bolzano (30 km), Bolzano-Salorno (34 km) and SaarbrĂĽcken-Sarreguemines (20 km). Through these trips I learned that my current limit is 30 km, and READ MORE

Not So Wise No More

Picture was taken from here I woke up sometime last week with a sore throat, I thought “Uh oh, flu is coming…” However, the pain then moves also to my ear, and my head… but only on the left side. That’s when I knew that my upper-left wisdom tooth was causing trouble, again. Last year, when I was home in Indonesia, I went to a dentist hoping that he would take this troubled tooth out, because READ MORE

Canyoning in Passeiertal

Picture was taken from here This was the most recent adventure I did :). The activity was organized by the Sports Club University Bolzano, but non-members or even non-students were also allowed to take part. With 30€ fee, transportation, barbecue and equipment are all included, which is quite a great deal. Furthermore, the activity was guided by professionals from Acquaterra, so it’s completely safe even for a beginner. To give you an idea of what READ MORE

My First Via Ferrata – Masarè

left picture is taken from here So… do I look like them already? :p Since last year I’ve been wanting to try via ferrata, but the idea was always dismissed by the bear (a.k.a our via ferrata expert here :p) by reason of my lack of stamina. Via ferrata, the Italian words for ‘iron road’, is a protected climbing route usually found in the Alps. It is called the iron road because there is (almost) always a READ MORE

Playing with duoLingo

Da die Katze viel freie Zeit hat, lernt sie Deutsch, so dass sie mit der Familie des Bären sprechen kann. Sie lernt mit einem Spiel, welches duoLingo heiĂźt. Es ist interessant! Die Katze lernt so schnell. I knew of duoLingo for the first time on one of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) seminars, as one of prominent online courses for language. At that time I was thinking, “Hmmm… interesting”, but that’s all, I didn’t even bother to try READ MORE

Cat Scratch Pad: Whiteboard Wall Sticker

The idea comes from the bear actually. He’s been wanting to have a whiteboard, but unfortunately, the dorm where he stays is not so flexible about things one can put on the wall. I like the idea, I mean… sometimes we need to write or sketch things down out of our mind, and using a whiteboard will save some papers. Save papers, save trees. Besides, in my new flat I have empty spaces on the READ MORE

Benvenuti a casa mia!

After a series of living in dorms: a mini apartment in Nancy, a single room with shared bathroom and mini kitchen in Bolzano and a single room with private bathroom in Trento, I finally move to… my own flat! It’s called monolocale in Italian which basically means studio: the bedroom-living room-kitchen all in one space, and only the bathroom that is in a separate room. I moved out from the comfortable Studentato San Bartolameo because READ MORE

Say Cheese! (Part 2)

Long long time ago… when I was still in France, I decided to start this cheesevestigation. But somehow it stopped abruptly. Perhaps after I courageously tried this cheese with blue mold, and that experience left me traumatized.. for a while :p. Now that I’m in Italy, which also offers me a great variety of cheese, I will continue my investigation ^^. Here it goes… Mozzarella I’m sure this cheese is already well-known around the world. READ MORE

My Big Fridge

So, as I mentioned before here, I have my own balcony in my room. Well, actually shared with the neighbor next to my room, separated by a partition, but still big enough. The most convenience advantage of having this, during the winter, is that I have my personal fridge… a very big one! :)) I don’t have to worry if I don’t have enough space in the shared fridge at the common kitchen. Yes, it READ MORE

2012-10-12: Defense Day

October 12, 2012. It’s been more than 3 weeks, but every minute of that day is still fresh in my memory. A very memorable day indeed 🙂 The day started very early, since they scheduled my defense to be at 9 AM. It’s pretty good actually, less time to feel anxious, and I was released from the pressure since early in the morning. I was the second person to go, after my friend, my LCT READ MORE