Monday 21/11/2016: Today, the second Adidas interview took place. This time it lasted only about half an hour and it went right. I guess even better than the one previous week. Well, probably I am used to it now… If I get the internship, it would start in February. They told me they would coordinate with the other department and decide until the end of the week. So I have to wait again…
Thursday 24/11/2016: The last three days, I finished some work which I have to submit until Christmas. So far, it was a rather ordinary week. I went to several badminton sessions and just enjoyed time in Chester.
In the afternoon, I received an email from adidas with an acceptance for one of the internships I applied for. Finally, my stubbornness pays off although reaching this point wasn’t a story of success. I failed not only once – sometimes even miserably… However, if everything proceeds normally I’ll be back in Germany from February on – or to be more precisely: Herzogenaurach.
Friday 25/11/2016: Through this acceptance a large amount of uncertainties I already brooded about a certain time dissolved. So far, neither my landlord nor the University of Chester nor the University of Bayreuth nor myself knew for how long I could stay in Chester. I didn’t want to commit myself to a fixed date as long as I didn’t know what would happen in 2017. So, I always tried to keep all alternatives possible.
But now, the date of my return is determined and I can finally begin to organise the time after Chester.
Irrespective of that, I planned to visit Katja again. I was looking forward to a great weekend with a visit at „Bristol Aquarium“ and lots of tasty meals 🙂 I hired a car again and started the journey at 6pm. A Finnish girl accompanied me and it was quite fun!
Saturday 26/11/2016: On Saturday morning, we prepared Pancakes again (third week in a row 😀 ) and went to the ‚Bristol Aquarium‘ afterwards. I really enjoyed the trip. We had much fun and ended up with a georgeous Burger at ‚Three Brothers Burgers‘.
Sunday 27/11/2016: Today, Katjas hostess provided an incredibly delicious Sunday roast for her women society 😀 There were about 10 ladies in their mature years and the two of us. Fortunately, Jill prepared far too much. That means, I could fill my plate three times 😀
Before, a Ralph, a teacher in Katja’s school, invited us to a mess of his church. It’s called Vineyard church and is apparently a Christian branch. It was really weird and absolutely different to a Catholic mess. It took place in an assembly hall of a school and Ralph played the guitar and made some music with his band. I was overdressed although I even wear my dirty Ultra Boosts… Ralph wear shorts and children ran around with jerseys of their favourite football players. Beverages, fruits and doughnuts were provided and during the mess people drank their cup of tea or coffee or walked to the buffet and refilled it. The worship itself seems very esoteric and spiritual. People prayed in small groups while laying their hands on each other.
To be honest, at least at the beginning I didn’t feel comfortable. It was very interesting but for me it wouldn’t be the right way to believe.
I guess, I should better inform myself about the religious system in Britain. So far, I don’t understand it. It seems, that there are many different branches of Christianity. Far more than in Germany, where the the variety is quite limited. Probably, the Vineyard church is only a small and quite weird part of the spectrum but I have the impression that this unorthodox way of Christianity could be a reason why many young British people are more interested in religion than young people in Germany.
In the evening, we went to Watershed and watched an amazing film about the king of Botswana, his relationship to a white British woman and the difficulties they were faced during the Apartheid. The film is called ‚A United Kingdom‘ and very interesting!