Life in Deutschland - a briefer

It's been some time since I wrote anything. There are many pending posts in my drafts directory apart from quite a lotta stories that I had started typing in India but never had the chance to complete. Anyhoo, after coming to Germany, time has never been enough in office, although I am spending only about 8.5 hours in the office, and outside the office, I just don't have the access. The previous posts about the laptop should be more than enough to convince anyone that I am in dire need to do some serious writing once in a while. So, finally I have decided that gaming can wait, owning an awesome laptop can wait. Right now I need a sturdy, smart laptop, which may not be "The greatest and the best", but it has enough power in it to keep me connected and typing and writing. Also help me manage my photos.

I came across a very interesting resource on the web - Notebooks Billiger, roughly translated to Notebooks Discounts. It's a portal for notebooks and related accessories from where you have a really wide variety of choices. I am even going to forego my demand for an international QWERTY keyboard, as most of the laptops here follow the German/Austrian standard of the QWERTZ keyboard layout. A pain, especially for the people who look and type. As I don't do that, I am figuring that I wouldn't have too much of a problem with the same.

Anyhoo, that got me interested in the various keyboard layouts present out there and here's a decent comparison of all - thanks to our one n only Wikipedia of course Keyboard Layout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia!

I have found an apartment at a place called Heavy Weapon Strasse in Erlangen, Germany. Free Image Hosting at

That's the map directions, however, what's now barren land is NOT barren anymore. There are quite a few row houses there. Will bring in the detailed snaps asap.

The apartment is a one room apartment with all the facilities including a telephone and a 2MBPS DSL connection with unlimited bandwidth and I am PAYING for it. So, that would explain why I would want the laptop asap as well. The apartment is costing me about 600Euros, a bit steep for a one bedroom apartment, but it's fully furnished and I can just move in and start living. It also helps that it has a separate kitchen and a separate washroom. I have to post the snaps of that as well. Anyhoo, I will be moving in on the 1st of August, 2006, from the service apartment [I call it The Oven] that I am in rite now. It's also only HALF as expensive as the current one.

I am missing people definitely, but I am slowly getting adjusted to this place. It's indeed an awesome experience as far as work, and managing my own life goes :-D!! But, at the cost of missing out some important moments of life with my family, my special someone and friends. I wonder if it's really worth all that effort.

Anyhoo, will update more asap! Signing off for now.

Note to self: Write about -> Getting lost in Germany -> The public transportation system -> Erlangen -> Forccheim -> Anna Fest and the Bier Garten [Hoffmans Kellar] -> Media Markt experience