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Oct 29, 2009 - England, everyday life, Fun    No Comments

Why Am I So Busy???

So, as the old readers probably noticed I am not posting as much as I used too! That has one simple reason: I am really busy right now. Am I really? I tried to put down some reasons and make a conclusion:

1. School

I have about 35 hours of school each week. That doesn’t sound like a lot. But I also have 11 classes. Sometimes, or better always, that results in a lot of homework, studying and other things that you have to do in your free time. The bad thing about school is that you can’t just come home and relax. No, you come home and study and do your homework. Or better you should be doing that… But I don’t need to tell anybody how stressful school is right?

2. Teachers

My teachers really like us. The want that we really learn something in their subject. So, each teacher makes his/her subject the most important one. But when you have 11 subjects that means you have to work in each class like it is your most important one. Does that even work? In my opinion not! My teachers also think pop test really encourage students to keep up with their material. For me this is just a bad sign that the teacher doesn’t know how to motivate his students right. Also they have the ability to let us write tests all at the same time! So one week I have about 8 test but then the other none. I think that could be worked out better.

3. Lack of motivation

It seems to be a down turn at the moment. After a great year like the one I just had, it is really hard to be back in the “real” world. To be back at your home court where many things have changed while you were gone. Also I see many thing in a different way and often not in a better way. I see how they could be improved, but I can’t help to do so. All those reason led to bad mood and that also creates stress because you can’t see through the huge pile of work you have to do.

4. Lack of doing what I should be doing!

I think this goes with point 3. Usually I am just not doing what I should be doing. When I should start studying for a test I go play the drums, When you should be doing my homework I go on my laptop and watch NBA-TV and when I should be reading a book a call a friend to escape from my duties. But this is not only with school things, also with other things I have to do… Then in the last moment I finally do what I should be doing. I guess this forth point should be called procrastination!

5. other activities

Besides school I am going to church, I play the drums and basketball, I create websites to earn some money, I have to clean the bathroom each week (I know, isn’t that horrible? :D ), I have a lot of other ideas for projects, I have this blog, and also I have to sleep! After coming home at 5 o’clock it can be really stressful going to practice come home really exhausted at 9.30 PM and still have to study and do some other stuff everybody has to do. But again this could all be worked out with a better planning and really doing what I should do.

6. Being really lazy!

I just have to admit, I sometimes am really lazy! Especially if I am not motivated,  I am REALLY lazy!

Conclusion:

I am just a poor kid who doesn’t have any bigger issues in his life then complaining about how busy he is. My stress basically results of procrastination (and teachers)! I am still in school, my adults wish they still would have school. When I think what other issues are going on on this planet, how people die because the have not enough food, people have to leave their homes because of war. I am just fastidious! Or my life is just too good and I really don’t have other worries. Please laugh at me! Because I am laughing at myself! :D
Oct 11, 2009 - England, everyday life, Trips    4 Comments

Fall Break (and so on)

Here my school break scheduleAt the moment I am enjoying three weeks of fall break. Two weeks are already over but in those two weeks I spent my days in south Switzerland at our apartment in the mountains. We had a great and really relaxing time up there. At the end of this post I have some pictures with impressions for you guys.

But today I actually want to write about how this all works with school breaks in Switzerland. Well, as most of you probably already know the breaks are much more spread out over the whole year rather than having a huge summer break and a week of spring break. In Switzerland school starts usually at the beginning of august. Then we have seven weeks of school till we get our next break. The fall break, which is three weeks long, is usually around end of september. My birthday (9.25) is usually in the last week of school, which is really uncool because the last week of school is always filled with plenty of test and quizzes. Not a fun time! For some reason every teacher thinks we have to earn every vacation we get.
After those three week of time without school we have school till Christmas. It is always a very long time and at the end I am always feeling that I am done with school for the rest of my life. But after ten days that we get of during new years and Christmas time we already have school again. But the Winter break already comes after six more weeks. It is “only” two weeks long. But it is long enough the go snowboarding in the mountains!
After getting sun burned in the mountains we have the shortest time of school. We only have to work through four weeks of school till we get the next break. It is called spring break. After those two weeks of spring break there is no more mercy and we have school till the beginning of JULY! And if you think that isn’t to bad because of the many holidays, you are wrong. We have around 3 holidays in the entire year!
When we finally reached july we get five weeks summer break. You see, I have a really tough time here in Switzerland since last year I almost had three month of summer break! Just another reason why I love the United States. But I have to say, besides the short summer break, I like the spread out system better. In five weeks free time I usually forget most of what I have learnt in the past school year. So if I would have three month, I think I would be lost and we would need two month of repetition of the last year. And also I think having shorter breaks but more during the year helps to boost your school performance. You can always “recharge” after while.
Which system do you think is better? One huge break in the middle of the year or small breaks spread out during the whole year? Let me know!

Daniel, my Dad, and Jerry getting started for a bike tour.My Dad painting balcony rail (I helped him xD )Don't think this is a typical Swiss roadA valleyBeautiful flower, don't ask how it is called...Hiking signMy mum doesn't like this hatMoonrise view from our apartmentThat's how I usually woke upPlaying billiard (I won all three games and I did not cheat!)Rainbow (again view from our apartment)Another Swiss roadThis is a hotel =DJust a nice pathCarlina acaulisAnother nice view

Sep 29, 2009 - England, everyday life    6 Comments

My B-Day!

Brithday cakeSome of you knew last friday was my birthday! Many of you are probably wondering how does a birthday in Switzerland look like? Some may think it is all about getting chocolate and cheese, but since I don’t really like either of both it looked different for me.

In my family it is a tradition that the one who has his birthday gets woken up by a sweet choir that sings in a really nice tune happy birthday. Usually at about 6.30 am which is really early especially for me since I am not really a morning person. Afterwards there is a nice breakfast prepared with delicious croissants which helps my morning mood a lot. With a full stomach I am going to school where many friends already wait to congratulate. It is not as crazy like in the United States where people usually decorate your locker and stuff, but friends hug and wish you the best for the next living year. Gladly nobody in my class reminded a teacher to sing happy birthday, otherwise that is usually the case and then the whole class sings happy birthday for the birthday-kids embarrassment.

After school I go home where two big steaks already wait for me. My dad cooked them with some spaetzle (some sort of pasta), vegetables and salad. The birthday meal is ready and I am ready to eat all of it! Delicious!

In the late afternoon I finally get to unwrap all those presents which were laid out on the table. I get some sweet T-Shirts (I think my T-shirts collection is up to a 40 by now), books, dvds, a whole puncher, one tire, a calender, sport bag and much more! Isn’t it nice to have birthday it is always worth it.

conveyor bandFor dinner we are going to a special Asian place in Germany. First in this restaurant they serve “all you can eat” what I don’t need to explain to US Americans and second they actually don’t serve it. The food comes on a “conveyor band” and you can pick and take what you want. It is also really practical because if you don’t like something you just put it back on the band and nobody sees that I haven’t finished. (Of course you should not do that!) The day finally goes by and how could I ever better finish a day than with a full stomach? That was great birthday once more.

But the birthday celebrations aren’t over yet. Family and friends come over on sunday and the party and especially the eating goes on! I get some more present and as a return I show them some picture of the United States. We eat, talk, laugh and eat more till late night. And then my big birthday weekend with a lot of celebrations is over!
Thanks to all messages on facebook, calls, e-cards, e-mails, letters, text messages, presents and hugs I received for my birthday!

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