Taipei Travels Part 2: Locals, Views, and Food Craze

On my previous blog post you could read about my difficult arrival in Taipei.

On the second post you will finally see the first impressions I got from Taipei which were pretty awesome and fun.

First, a small introduction. As you might know, Taipei is the capitol city of Taiwan, a small island south from China. Hundreds of years ago, citizens from Fujian Province in China settled to this small island. They just hopped on a boat and sailed off. In the last decades, Taiwan was also influenced by the Japanese occupation that happened when Japan tried to take over China and Taiwan, so you will meet many Japanese locals and tourists, and the language is spoken by quite a lot of people as well.
Nowadays, Taiwan is famous for its laid-back lifestyle, its fast trains, and milk-tea culture.

So here are in 7 steps of how to discover Taipei on your first day:

1. Play with squirrels: 

My hostel was very close to the National Taiwan Museum, and it had a huge park I had to pass to go to the metro station. When I passed that park on my first day on the search to the metro station, I came across a man who was feeding the pigeons. As I followed him and his animals I also met some squirrels who were fearlessly approaching me. When I was trying to stroke them, they would quickly run away though. I took some snaps of them. I might upload those short video snippets here as well.

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2. Use the metro:  

Taiwan is famous for its trains and its flexible metro, so you have to use it as often as you can. Plus, it is super cheap, one ride is less than 1€, a dream for a european budget traveller.

3 Visit a cute cafe: 

Coffee Culture is a big thing in Taipei. It is actually known as THE coffee city of Asia, and with so many choices, I had to visit one. Mine was the Rilakkuma Cafe I saw on the internet, and I knew I had to find this place, or I’d kill myself. Anyway, it was really hard finding this. I was walking around for a VERY long time, so guys, if you wanna find a specific cafe or location, make sure you have the right directions or a local sim card with mobile data on it. I didn’t have either, so I was trying to connect to some random wifi on the go and it was a huge pain the ass.

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But I eventually found it, after what seemed like hours of searching and wandering around the place. It is in some hidden side street with a lot more cafes and little restaurants. I entered, was seated and fell in love with the menu. I decided to take a chocolate cupcake and a coffee latte. Both of them tasted amazing and looked very cute *o*

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What I ordered
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What I could have ordered
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The toilet mirror

For all of you who don’t know what Rilakkuma is, it is a japanese cartoon character, similar to Hello Kitty, actually it is from the same brand and designer if I am not mistaken. But it is not a cat, though. It is a brown bear and it is so much cuter than Hello Kitty. Kuma means bear in Japanese, and Rilak means, very easy, relax. So it is a lazy, relaxing bear :’D

4. See the changing of the guards: 

I decided to go to the Dr. Sun-Yatsen Memorial Hall for this which also had a small park inside. I think the Chiang Kai Shek Mausoleum also has a changing of the guards, if I am not mistaking.

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Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of the guard changing, but I saw how the old guards walked away and the new ones took over their places. It was really impressive and calming to observe their mechanical movements.

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5. Meet the locals:

While I was walking around the grounds of the memorial hall, I saw a lot of groups exercising, dancing, and doing taiqi. It was quite interesting because none of them cared that I was watching and filming them. They just continued doing whatever it was.

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Something very funny happened then. I was filming 2 men doing taiqi and there were also 2 women waiting for their exercise. While I was taking pictures, one of the women approached me and started chatting with me. She wanted to know where I came from and when I said Germany, she was thrilled to hear it. She wanted to exchange Line contacts so that I could meet her daughter. We then talked and talked and she offered to invite me for a coffee after her taiqi lesson.

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So after her and her sister’s taiqi lesson was over, we went to a coffee shop, together with the taiqi teacher and some tea, coffee and cake. It was a lot of fun talking to these people, and they also recommended me many things. The sisters also invited me for dinner the next day which was such a nice gesture.

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The best croissants of my life! No exaggerations

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The most beautiful cake

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6. Go up Taipei 101 in the evening:

This sight was on the top of my Taipei To-Do List, so I had to do this on the first day. It was a bit hard to get up all the escalators in the mall up to the top. I don’t know if there was an elevator or not, but I just saw the escalator and used it.

At the ticket counter, I purchased my ticket and had to wait in line for the elevator to go up to the observatory platform. The elevator was pretty fast. My ears popped, but the ceiling was amazing! It was getting lit up and changing colours. So that was pretty impressive.

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When I arrived at the top, finally, I had a view over Taipei at night, or should I say in the dark, because it wasn’t really night, but evening. Anyway, the view was pretty nice. Not as overwhelming as the one in Shanghai, though, but still awesome, and worth taking pictures of. Convince yourselves:

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The view looks super blurry because the windows were a bit dirty from the rain that was going on the whole day :/

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The view from the park downstairs from Taipei 101

7. Go to one of the Night Markets:

I saw some videos and pictures of the night markets of Taipei and of course I had to go to one. I wanted to go to the Shilin market because I heard that they have lots of amazing sweets and desserts.

At first, I was busy with buying lots of merchandise stuff like pokemon plushies, Disney stuff, and studio ghibli socks :D When I finally realized how hungry I was, I ventured out to look for some food. The place was packed though. I could barely move around, and eating and walking is something I am really bad at, so I’d prefer standing in a corner to eat.

I ate Hong Kong Waffles, Sweet Potato balls with peanut powder, roulade filled with spring onions (there were way too many spring onions inside, it burned my mouth), some kind of vegetable pastry cake, some berry juice, and as dessert, I had matcha crepe with ice-cream on top, and it was AMAZING!

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Roulade with spring onions on the grill
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The vegetable pastry cake. I also got to choose some toppings
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There was a temple as well
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And the glorious matcha crepe with an Oreo and ice cream on top <3

 

The Shilin Night Market was also the last stop on my first day in Taipei. I had too much food and spent quite a lot of money on merchandise stuff, although I could have spent more as well :D I had to be careful with my luggage though.

Anway, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Taipei and if there is anything you loved that I didn’t mention.

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30-Days-Challenge: Baking and a hurting Finger

Day 15 – Muffins, Mousse au Chocolat:

Tuesday was finally my first real day with activity at home. A few friends of mine planned a baking day for Tuesday, and I agreed of course. I have to disappoint you that I didn’t take enough photos, but I hope you will still enjoy my post.

At first, I wanted to go to the doctor’s because my right middle finger hurt after I returned from Augsburg, and while I was in Frankfurt it had swollen a little bit. I decided to go to the doctor right away on Tuesday. I went as early as possible, because I didn’t have an appointment and had to expect a long waiting time. Despite, the baking began at noon. At 9 am I went out of the house and expected to be at the doctor at about 9.30 am. As I thought I had arrived at the doctor, I noticed that it wasn’t there where it used to be. I thought I maybe forgot where exactly the location was, because I was still a child when I was there the last time. But I walked through the streets behind and next to it and couldn’t find the doctor anywhere. I also asked a woman, but she also didn’t know. Then I tried the navigation, but I walked to the wrong direction and the street where the doctor was seemed so far away. Then I called my mum and asked her to describe the way to me. But the way she described it was exactly the place where I thought it would be. After walking around the streets and searching for someone, anyone to ask the way, I saw an old lady and almost ran to her. She told me that it moved to another place. She described it to me and I thanked her before setting out.

Arriving at the doctor, there was a problem with my insurance card. She couldn’t see the data on the screen and asked me a few things to register it. The day was really not starting off positively that day, and I hoped that it would get better when we were baking. After about 5 minutes, I could finally enter the waiting room. It was full. There were no free seats left so I waited in fron of the room. But not even after 2 minutes someone was called in and I sat down. I took out my e-reader and began reading “The Hunger Games”. As I was reading, the room was getting emptier. It was about 10.30 am when I entered the waiting room. In total, I have waited about 1/1/2 hours until I was called in. I read a lot, almost finished to be honest :’D Why is it that I always have to wait so long somewhere and almost finish a book meanwhile? Just like a few weeks ago at the hairdresser when I had to wait about 1/1/2 hours.

I was relieved to be finally done in a few minutes. In the doctor’s office I explained what was hurting, and he tested some moves with my finger and asked if that hurt. Most of the moves didn’t and he said that it wasn’t anything bad. If I don’t play Volleyball or anything like that it should heal in two weeks he said.

I was relieved that it wasn’t anything serious and went to my friend at once. The rain started to dribble a little bit, but it didn’t bother me anymore after what I had to endure during working for talk2move. I didn’t get wet after all and arrived after about 10 minutes at my friend’s house. They were just having brunch, so I joined them. Eating and talking, we didn’t notice how fast time has passed. Soon, we began baking the chocolate muffins. Unfortunately, a lot of things went wrong here as well. The coffee machine started to blot out water. My friend had problems to find tools and ingredients in the kitchen because her mother has put everything somewhere else she complained. But finally we managed the cookies and only had to put them in the oven. While it was baking, we sat and talked a bit more. Suddenly, we heard a strange scent and my friend went to the oven to look and moaned: The baking dish for the muffins was not suited for heat. It has melted into the oven. My friend put out the muffins at once and put them on an iron sheet. Now they were safe, but we were a bit aggravating because of the melted baking dish. Our displeasure was swept away immediately after the muffins were finished and we could eat them.

Now it was time for Mousse au Chocolat. I have to admit that I had never eaten Mousse au Chocolat. I always though that it was some kind of pudding – since I don’t like puddings – but I was wrong: It is one of the tastiest things to eat *o* And it was so easy to prepare. Heating a little amount of milk (I have to ask my friend about the right amount). Meanwhile whipping the white of the egg into a soft cloudy bulk, and rasping one chocolate coating. When the milk is already boiling a little bit, take it off the oven and mix the rasped chocoaltes into it and whip it until both is mixed together, then add the egg yolk and continue whipping until the mixture as a creamy-like consistence. Now, it is finished, and the only thing to do is to fill the chocolate cream into little cups, cover it with wrapping film or aluminium foil and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile, we played a video game called “Eternal Sonata”. An RPG from Japan, with cute characters doing magic and fighting against ugly rats and bad final villains. Finally, one hour passed and we pause the play and went to the fridge. I slowly opened the film and put my spoon into the smooth consistence, and immediately led the spoon back in my mouth again, filled with brown, fluffy cream. I felt the bulk in my mouth and it was so tasty, creamy, fluffy, and yummy! *o* I love Mousse au Chocolate! And it isn’t like Pudding at all! Pudding is rude, splashing all over your mouth! But Mousse au Chocolate is coddling your senses of taste, slowly dribbling down on your tonge and then your cheeks, until it floats down your throat. I didn’t want the cup to end.

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I was already so full from the muffins and the brunch before that, so I had to stop after finishing my cup. But I plan to do it again, then more pictures might follow :)

After the mousse au chocolat we went to my other friend to continue playing the game, because we could play upstairs in the attic. There, it was so big and comfortable. We played for an hour or so, until my friend’s father called us to dinner. He had made Risotto with mushrooms. To be honest, I don’t like mushrooms, but I wouldn’t let that bring me from eating a dish cooked by my friend’s father. He is an awesome cook!!! I had already eaten spaghetti at their house, and it was so tasty. Just like eating out at an Italian restaurant, even better, because it was homemade. I love Italian food, and my friend loves Turkish food. I think we should swap places for a week or so :D

After dinner we went upstairs again and ate danish cornflake-cookies. They were light and tasted good.

Playing a game for hours turned out to not be the perfect long-time-activity for me. I like video games, but I get bored after playing it for a few hours. At about 10 or 11 pm I went home. The other two continued playing until midnight I think. My friend also lent me some books her bother had bought, and her mother wanted us to lend some of the books. I don’t know why, but I was happy about some more books waiting on my shelf to be read.

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I don’t think that I have to say more about this book :)
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A guidebook about how to obtain calamity, clearity and inner strength through the power of thought.
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A non-fictional book about the force of our mind. It says: “Don’t think about a blue elephant”
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An amazing book that I saw a few weeks or years ago, and wanted to read it badly! Now I finally have the opportunity and time to do so :)

My book haul is getting bigger and higher by now, and I really have to do something against it. I just have to little time in this life :/

And with that, I wish you a good night/happy day!

Working in Augsburg: Wednesday, 11.09.2013, Day 3 – Everything hurts

We woke up early again. Still exhausted from the day before, we went to the kitchen to have breakfast. Kim has already put buns into the oven. We ate them, too, and soon we noticed that we had to go shopping because we had almost no bread anymore. That day, Ben was waiting outside the house with his suitcase. He returned home again. It wasn’t like he has imagined or maybe he had a bad time. He had zero on his first day, although he couldn’t be considered a newbie at talk2move. But it just didn’t fit with Malteser I guess.

That day, we had the same formation like the day before. But we went to another place this time. Like I have found out later while talking to the people, the place we were standing that day was a connection between Augsburg city and the City Galerie we have been the day before. It was a cute little square place in the midst of beautiful flower trees. It looked very beautiful. On the left side there was a cute little river flowing, and if you wanted to cross to the street you had to pass a tiny little bridge. On the right side of our booth, there were cute little shops and houses. I didn’t have so much time to shoot some photos, but I could take one.

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The water from the cute little fountain was drinking water. But we always had a few bottles at the booth to drink from. I liked this place, although there were not so many people walking by. Sometimes, nothing was happening at all, then all the people came at once. Later we decided that two people should go flying, and two people should stay there. At first, Patrizia went with Manu for 1-2h. In the meantime I could talk and convince a young woman to become a member. She was on the way with her boyfriend and told me that she was socially caring for organisations in the past, and wanted to do it again. She was really nice, and I hope that it wasn’t for kidding us or so. A lot of people give false data or pretend to have forgotten their data. I hope that the most I have promoted are serious about it.

After that, I went flying with Patrizia, too. We walked up to the city, and I already felt my legs hurt like hell. Especially my ankles were pounding from pain. I couldn’t walk so fast anymore. In the city, I was overwhelmed, because it was so full and the buildings were big, and there were a lot of trams and busses on the streets. It reminded me of Tübingen (although it doesn’t have trams), but it was also an ancient city like that.

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This was a big building you saw right at once when you came up to the city from the ‘bottom’ :’D Down there, it was nice, too, with all the restaurants and little shops.

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This was a little florist shop at the bottom before walking up to the city. I liked it because in the inside, it looked like the plants were growing exuberantly all over the place :’D

While in the city, Patrizia and I went different ways. I talked to several people, and noticed that it was easier on the street to talk about Malteser with them at once because you had no booth to lead them to at first. And Michael also told me that it was more casual on the street because we could begin with small talk and then talk concisely about the Maltesers. While on the street I noticed that I became picky with the people, because I had a great choice now that many of them were walking around. Most of the time, I didn’t talk to older people, but to younger ones. I walked around and around and talked to nice people most of the time. They were also listening to me and were interested. Sometimes, I also had people who were distractedly looking away but they still listened. We were in a street and I was talking to a girl, when Patrizia came and interrupted me to take me away from that street because there was a man from the regulatory agency. We had to be careful she said, because they could give a fine to talk2move for letting their workers promote on the street without any sign or permission for that. I was a bit scared, but a few minutes later Michael talked to me and I asked him about the regulatory agency, and he ensured me to be relaxed. They got fines from them all the time he said, but they didn’t care. So I was calmed down a bit and continued to promote. After a while I talked to a turkish girl who was very interested and wanted to be a part right at once. I wrote down her name and everything, but then she noticed that she didn’t have her bank card with her. At first I was disappointed, but I gave her my phone number and told her to call me so that I could write down her data. I also gave her the last page of the form. We even hugged before we said goodbye to each other :D This was really heartwarming somehow.

After flying about 1-2 hours at the shopping street, I met Patrizia again, and we went further up, where the old church and the square was. Arriving there, I thought that Augsburg was a really beautiful city. Small and old, but really cute!

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On that place I tried to talk to a few people sitting on benches, but they didn’t want to be disturbed most of the time. So I continued to walk and met a group of people, who also had folders in their hands. I noticed their passes around their necks and saw that they were from World Vision. One of the girls talked to me at once. She was a bit crazy. I told her about my sister, who was promoted in Stuttgart a few weeks ago by a young, blond guy from World Vision. We talked a bit, then another girl came. She was small and had big, round blue eyes. She was shaking from cold and holding a cup of tea. She said that a passer-by had given it to her as a gift. The girl told me that she saw another girl from Malteser yesterday. I told her that we were at the City Galerie yesterday, and then I remembered that Patrizia went flying. After talking to them for a while, I went back and Patrizia called me. She asked where I was and I told her that I was on the place. She was at the toilett and asked me to return because Michael has called for us. We went back. I soon had my break and went to Burger King. I ate fast. After that, I was at the place of our booth again. We were three people there now. Patrizia was flying on her own now. Toward the evening time, I was sent to fly again. I had also waited for the call from the girl all the time. Her name was Tansu I think.

While it was getting darker outside, more and more people were disappearing from the streets. There still were a lot of people though, but now, most of them had no time. I desperately tried to promote some more. I had only one, and I found out about the others, that they also didn’t have much. Patrizia for example only had 2. Manu and Kim had a bit more. 3 and Kim had 5. Michael was a bit frustrated, because it seemed that the other two girls, Alisa and Vera, were also not so good that day. He told us, that one of the coaches would come to us tonight, because we were so bad. We didn’t know what to expect. Some of the girls knew him, but me and Manu didn’t know him at all. Later in the evening, at about 9 pm we packed and were on our way home. I was disappointed, because I only had 1. The girl didn’t call, so it didn’t count. It really was a change to the first day when I had 3 people. And the next day only 1.

After arriving at home, we waited for the coach. After a few minutes he arrived and I was surprised because he didn’t look so mean. Although he eradiated some severeness, he seemed to be a nice guy. He also had dreadlocks, but his were brown and longer than Michael’s. He also had a beautiful face I have to admit. While he was there, we had our group feedback. Michael always asks how the day was. I said that I expected more from the day, because I had 3 the day before, and now only 1. I was getting worse than getting better.

After the group feedback Michael wanted the others to train the arguments with us. Kim and Vera told us the arguments again and we had to take notes. In the meantime, Jenia cooked rice for us. We ate and after that, Manu and I went to our room and practiced a little bit. Patrizia also helped us. In the meantime, Michael was upstairs and working. He told us to call him if we thought that we were ready. Then Kim and Vera came into the room again, and they practiced the statements with the appropriate arguments with us. They noticed, that we had still problems. Manu was always using taboo words like “money”, “data”, “donating”, and so on. And in my arguments, there was no logic. That’s why Vera dictated the arguments to us, word by word. Then we had to learn them by hear and repeat them until we were able to say them. I somehow felt so stupid. It was so unconvincing to learn arguments by heart and blabber it to the passers-bys. I felt like I was acting. Because I said things that I didn’t do myself. But I pulled myself together and learned those damn arguments. After half an hour or so, I don’t know exactly, because we were all so tired till death, Michael came inside and listened how far we were. Then he told us to learn two statements more. After that, Manu and I were in the kitchen and waited for Michael. Manu began, and while she was in the kitchen, I waited outside and read through the arguments again. The rest was already asleep. I only saw Kim entering the bath. Manu was finished, and I went inside. I wasn’t nervous at all. Michael seemed to be severe at the beginning, but when it depended on being good or bad, he ensured us to be relaxed. I did a good job I think. He didn’t say anything negative, mabe because he looked so tired. The only thing he said was to stay natural, then everything would go well.

When I finished, I was relieved. No more learning arguments anymore. Now I had to prove my abilities the next day.

 

Working in Augsburg: Tuesday, 10.09.2013, Day 2 – Beginner’s luck

The next morning began very relaxed. Manu and I were the first ones in the kitchen, so we prepared breakfast. I ate two slices of bread I think. There were also buns to bake in the oven, but we thought to eat them on another day. Slowly, everyone trotted inside and was having breakfast. At 8 am we walked outside the house, loaden with folders, rain coats (yes, the weather was rainy!!) and other stuff. We should test the pavillon if it was still intact. At the same time we learned how to build it up. It was a bit complicated and hard work. But I thought that it should not be that difficult later on.

After everything was settled, everyone got into one of the two cars and we drove altogether to the Malteser office of Augsburg. There, we should get information about Malteser. The drive was also quite long, just like driving anywhere else from that little farm valley. At the Malteser office, we had to wait outside first for 5 minutes or so while Michael was talking with the man inside. Then we were left inside a room with a lot to eat and coffee. I also drank a glass of water because I was so full. The man told us about the newest projects and achievements of Malteser, in Germany as well as international. We also got a few flyers and magazines to look through. And the president of Malteser also came in to say hello. All in all it was very interesting and after about 1 hour or so we left with a lot of packs of bandages, biros, flyers, balloons, and sweets. Of course they were not for us, but only served for courtship purposes. Then we continued to drive to our place where we should be promoting. Ah yes, I have to mention that Michael alwas listens very loudly to music in the car. If metal, electronic or reggae, it didn’t matter, as long as it wasn’t “bought” music, and loud enough to wake everyone up :D Although it was a bit too early in the morning to be listening to very loud music, I liked it.

We always had two teams who were standing at two different booths. I was together with Manu, Kim and a girl named Patrizia, a tiny cute girl with red hair and a shy voice. I liked her, she helped me a lot that day and also the other days. Sometimes, I also pitied her and asked myself if she was content with doing this job. I was also in a room with her (and also with Alisa and Manu, which I was very happy about). The other room was habited by Kim, Vera and Ben. For the groups, they were almost like the formation of the rooms, except that Alisa and Kim had swapped groups :D

So, out booth should be on a big square in front of a mall called “City Galerie”.

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On that place here as you can see we had our booth. It was a bit further in the back, next to the bike stands, so it was quite close to the entrance of the Galerie.

Actually, a very advantageous place, because a lot of people were walking by to go to City Galerie. But there were a few disadvantages that day:

1. It was raining, so the people didn’t stop long for a conversation.

2. The people were only outside to go the City Galerie, or the cinema right next to it.

So, it really was hard to bring a person to come under the pavillon and listen to you, or even become a member. At first, I tended to speak only to older people, but then I noticed that it was no good. They were already donating a lot of money to Malteser or other organizations, or were not interested at all. Then I changed to younger people. It was quite hard, and for the few 3-4 hours I didn’t get anyone. Michael also helped me a few times with some people. He really was very good at it. He made it very easily, just like a chat with friends or sisters or something like that. Soon, I was getting wetter and wetter because of the rain. The rain coat was really no good, and was only worn because it was red and Malteser was written in front of it. At about noon time I urgently had to go to the toilet. I went inside the Galerie as fast as I could and had to find out that the toilets were with money. 50 ct for one use. Of course I had left my money at the booth, so I had to walk back and look for some 50 fucking cent. Of course, I only had paper money, so I asked Michael if he could lend me some. I went back inside again, and was overwhelmed for the second time by the shops and restaurants. There was a sushi restaurant off the moving floor, and they had an all you can eat until 4 pm for 9€. I almost died for it, but I had to concentrate on working and couldn’t waste any thought or money for the sushi. When I was back, I continued talking to people in the middle of the pouring rain. I had really strange people talking shit. Like one older man telling about his experience in Africa and how he was not able to walk on the streets without a gun to protect himself from gangsters and criminals. I can imagine that he killed a few of them. He continued talking and telling, and I vainly tried to get rid of him somehow. He blathered to me for minutes and minutes. Finally, I said bye, and he went. Then, at 3 pm or so I talked to a young guy who came to the pavillon with me and listened to me. As I showed him the membership paper and told him that it would be great if he could take part in it, he agreed without further asking or thinking about it. I was happy about it and wrote down his data. The thing I liked best about this courting was the final part in which you ask the man or woman about his or her favorite animal. Because on the back of the last paper, which the person is supposed to take with him, we draw a nice little picture for him to remember his good deed :) I loved that. And I was happy that I had one person now. Even if it is only sure after 2-3 weeks in which the future members are getting a phone call and being asked if they agree with the righness of their data and if they still are in.

After that guy, I continued to talk to people, more motivated now despite of the wet chill outside. Meanwhile, Manu was having a break and went inside the City Galerie. While she was inside, Kim and I were the only ones, because Michael has injured his leg somehow and was at the doctor’s and Patrizia was “flying”. I didn’t know what that meant, but Kim explained it, that she has gone to the inner city with a folder and was speaking to people on the streets withoug having to lead them to a booth. Only on the streets as they were passing by the shops. I was bearing up in that cold waiting till Manu was back from break because I was next after her. But after 30 minutes she still haven’t come (since break is only 30 minutes, although I thought it was a full hour). After I think 45 minutes she arrived with 4 cups of mcdonald’s coffee which she wasn’t allowed to drink openly at the stand. She had to put them on the ground or under the both table so that the people walking by wouldn’t see it. Kim was really pissed off that she was so late. She was pissed off very often as I noticed the following days. However, now it was my turn for break. After those 30 minutes, it was Kim’s turn. I went straight to Nordsee to eat a fish in a bread. After engulfing that, I looked for something hot to drink and went inside Tchibo to buy a cup of hot chocolate. I had to hurry up, because I only had 30 minutes. But fortunately, there were no cues in both shops, as it was the case with Manu. The hot chocolate came with cream as topping and chocolate sprinkles above it. It looked like the best, most beautiful and tasty hot chocolate I have ever tasted <3 Tchibo is really outstanding. Better than Starbucks in my opinion when it comes to the taste and quality countered to price.

The 30 minutes went by too fast and I had to go outside to the cold again. But I continued courting and promoting. A lot of jerks I met. One guy was sitting on a bench with two girls. At first, he wanted to talk about god with me. I told him that I am not a believer, whereupon he asked me to tell something about the Malteser. As I finished, he asked a few questions and the girls laughed stupidly. One of the girls said she didn’t have money. Then I came with arguments of dying children, which can be rescued with a few Euro per month. And then the guy said something disgusting: “If the children in other countries would not suffer and starve, we couldn’t afford to live so well like this.” I was shocked! Disgusted! Afraid! Sad! And just said “Bye” and left. After that I was angry with that guy, and the other stupid people around the world who had the same opinion as this guy. And I could only imagine how many people there must be who think exactly like him. After a while, I saw the two girls again, and they said sorry for their friend. They said he would often say things like that without thinking about it. And they also talked to him afterwards and told him that he was wrong with his statement. Of couse I can’t be sure if he has changed his “opinion” (I don’t dare to call a thought like that an opinion), but I sadly don’t believe it.

But soon, I found two young guys, about 20 years old. They were on search for a job but were interesting in the Maltesers. So I took them to the pavillon and talked about Malteser. They were interested, and they were in at once, without any persuasion. The one filled out the paper at once, without thinking about it. While I was writing for him, the other guy asked about the bank data. He didn’t want to write it down. I tried to tell him that everything was safe, since Malteser is a famous organisation that could not do anything nasty with its clients. He still didn’t want to give anything. Patrizia also came and helped me while I was filling out the norm of the other guy. I was finished and was at the part with the drawing. After the other found out about the picture, he asked if he also got a picture. I said yes, but only if he filled out his form including his bank data. At once, he filled them out. I can’t quite remember what I drew for whom, but i can remember drawing a dog, a little african child, a squirrel, an elephant, a lion. It really was fun, although I only had a few seconds or minutes for the drawing, and I had to do it with a biro and not a pencil. But I enjoyed that part the most :) I hope the people will think about the Maltesers, their good deed and about me :)

So, I had three people now. I was content now, and motivated to do more. I talked with a lot of people, also many young people who were still under 18 (who are not allowed to become a member, but always are the most interested ones). I spoke to a middle-aged man, a migrant, that told me that he would really really want to support us, but he had a lot of problems himself, and not enough money. He was just having a divorce and had to pay a lot for the court and things. He said that everything was harder now, also with his job, because he was a migrant. I was so sad to hear that and had to hold back my tears. I also told him that Malteser does a lot for Migrants in Germany, so that he could get help from them maybe.

It is really sad. The people who are interested, and would really really want to donate some money and become a member are always the ones who don’t have money themselves, whereas the rich ones are not interested most of the time. That fact really kept me busy with thinking about that contradiction and about the behaviour of people. That those in need are ready to donate, because they can comprehend the suffrage of other people since they have suffered in a way or another themselves. Whereas the rich ones don’t know what it means and don’t want to bother themselves with that any longer.

The clock was slowly turning 6, then 7 and then 8. It was getting darker and darker. Soon, Michael called Patrizia, and told her to dismont the pavillon. I helped her while Manu and Kim were still talking to people. After a few minutes, we were finished with the pavillon and now, Kim and Manu also dismantled the tables with the things inside them. We were finished and waited for Michael. For short, Manu and I also tried how to fly right there in front of the City Galerie. It wasn’t that difficult, actually, but I only had time for one woman because Michael arrived soon. I also called my dad and told him about the day. Back at home we had group feedback from him. For me and Manu, it was better than expected. Because normally, newbies are expected to do zero, but we had 3 and 2 (Manu’s score). He was content with us, but he told us to learn the arguments. We had to be able to argument later. That evening/night, we were supposed to have a argumentation practice with Vera, Kim and the others. Ben was not participating because he was leaving the other day. We didn’t know why, but we knew that he only had 0, and that despite of his experience at WWF last year. We learned the arguments, and then Michael asked us about them in a round. We were not so good, but he let us sleep for the day because we were all so good and gave our best. The next day, he would ask us again, so that we should learn our arguments properly.

I noticed, that it was getting harder now. Sleep was secondary now. But I was just hoping not to get sick.