The one about sport

…or architecture. Our Energy Savings in Buildings course had a field trip to the World Games Stadium in Kahsiung today. The architect, Toyo Ito, is from Japan and integrated the design of the building and the surrounding nature. Did he succeed? Take a look and decide for yourself. 

In the upcoming week there will be a soccer tournament here. That’s why we weren’t allowed to step on the turf with shoes. Anyone following the European Championship? I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks, so far the games haven’t been very exciting. 

Taiwanese artists added sculptures to the surroundings of the stadium

Beautiful field…apparently the closest to international standard you can get within Taiwan.

Say hello to the Energy Savings in Buildings class of 2016.

In the shadow the temperatures were bearable. At least it didn’t rain!


The one where it rains every day

Oh my…, I shouldn’t have said anything! Just a few days ago I mentioned that this year we didn’t have a rainy season yet. Last year my friends from Germany visited me in May and it had been raining every day. 

Now we’re mid-June and the seasons catch up. Since exactly one week it’s been raining, at night and most of the time during the day. At night the wind is so strong and rattles on our windows only to be followed by a crescendo of rain drops pounding. 

So how do you spend your time now, when, as soon as you go out, your clothes are soaked? First of all: stop complaining. The temperatures dropped as well so it’s actually bearable to sleep without AC and being wet from the rain is still better than being sweaty by the slightest movement. I went out with Peggy to a Japanese restaurant. The food, the different beers and ciders were good but it took forever. We waited almost 90 minutes for our snacks to arrive, but because of the rain there was no other reason place that we could’ve walked to. We stayed and talked about movies, about the lack of good cinematography in recent works or the lack of a good plot to go with it (The Revenant). 

Outside decoration of the Japanese restaurant

Won the world beer award…can’t taste anything special

Empty bottles as decoration…or you could just recycle them.

The next day I spent mostly inside, but not watching Netflix or working projects this time. Instead we had a photo shoot in the studio. That was simply amazing and I learned a lot! The lighting was a bit tricky. The week before we had ambient light but the rain clouds let only little sunshine pass through. Sometimes we used flashes to fight the darkness, other times we embraced it and worked it into the pictures. I’ll post more of the results as soon as I finish editing. For now I published only two pictures. The rest will follow in a few days, once I had the time to process them. So be patient and check back soon to see more. 

The one with the dragon

Right now the annualy dragon boat festival (端午節) is taking place in Taiwan. Some teams of the NCKU are also participating. Sadly I couldn’t join because of my busy schedule during the semester which left no time slot for the demanding training. My dear friend Kristina joined but after a tough race the didn’t proceed to the next round. 

Here are some impressions of the festival in Tainan, which is held in AnPing. 

I took a bunch of pictures with my new camera-case attached to my phone. Thanks to Peggy for this awesome birthday gift! 

加油!They’re almost at the finish line!

No, we didnt sacrifice anything to the river gods.

Most of the streetfood was kinda fatty…

Some stores offered small merchandise, almost always unrelated to both boats, and dragons.