Oktoberfest

 

When I skype with my mum she always says: ”Your life is one big party.” I don’t know how she came up with that idea… Studying might be tough here as well and altogether with my other activities, it is sometimes really  time demanding here. Especially, last week was pretty busy:

 

First, our Chinese teacher offered us one to one Chinese classes which would be led by his students who study to become real Chinese teachers in the future. I think that is an interesting opportunity to get to know the crazy language so I signed in and since last week I have had three additional Chinese classes and I will be having them every week. Beginnings are tough but it brings first fruit. I am already able to order a beer in a pub.

 

Second, I was asked to make a presentation about my country for Chinese students. I tried to take this challenge responsibly because I like my country  and I spent a lot of time on preparation. I realized again how much I miss Czech stuff here, especially food and beer. Anyway, I hope the Chinese audience enjoyed my speech and pictures and they will decide to visit our country.

 

Third, I focused on thesis which I will be writing next semester. In Sweden, you have to write the thesis in pairs. I got in touch with my friend Alex and we will write the thesis together. We spent a lot of time by discussing a topic and looking for some scholarships.

 

Fourth, I spend 18 hours in lecture halls every week because the lectures are compulsory. There are also mid-term exams so I had to prepare for them too.

 

Fifth, the half-marathon is approaching so I try to go running every day. I also have two football trainings a week. 

To sum it up, it was a pretty long week and I needed to cheer up. Fortunately, we had our Oktoberfest tickets for Sunday evening so mum, look again. Here is the party: 

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The event was happening as all others in one of the local casinos. On Sunday evening, we headed to MGM casino. I guess Germans miss their tradition after it finishes in Munich so they pack their tents and travel around the world to show their awesome tradition. I regard Oktoberfest as a MUST-experience in my life. To be honest, I didn’t feel like visiting it in Macau. I rather wanted to wait for the real one in Munich but all other international friends decided to go there so I followed. It showed up to be a great decision. There was a typical German group with a crazy singer drinking a Mass (1 litre of beer) after every 5 songs. 

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There was tasty German food without rice and primarily another beer than Tsing Tao.Image

I didn’t want to drink a lot because I was supposed to wake up at 7 the following day and write an exam. “Unfortunately”, friends got an idea to say to the singers that I have a birthday. Suddenly, they called me to the stage and I had to ex a beer with them. Then I got another one and a cake as well. 

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It is not bad celebrating fake birthdays… but waking up the following morning was not fun! Anyway, thanks for a great evening!

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About jarinek

I am a graduate Master student in Business development and internationalisation at Umea University, Sweden. In the fall 2013 I went for an exchange programme to Macau, University of Science and Technology. My blog approaches my experience there in China. View all posts by jarinek

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