Week 15: 08/01/2017 – 15/01/2017

Sunday 08/01/2017: Today, I returned to Chester after a long journey with lots of different vehicles. Starting at 8 o’clock in the morning from the station in Wangen, I finally arrived in Chester at 9pm. At the airport in Manchester, I met Émeline. She arrived only half an hour later and was waiting for the coach to Chester, as well.
During several waiting periods, I tried to brainstorm some ideas for the last essay. This time the topic is Pierre Bourdieu…

Wednesday 10/01/2017: Unfortunately, I couldn’t play badminton this week. Pierre Bourdieu and primarily an infected wound on my foot stopped me. After getting worse continously, I went to the pharmacy on Wednesday and bought lots of disinfection stuff. From that point on, it got better.

Friday 12/01/2017: Actually, I love quite everything about Chester. The city is beautiful. The people, I’ve met are great and even the university is a nice place to spend time. I’d definitely like to come back in the future. But there is also another side of the coin: If you are not interested in sociology, the programme I’m doing is a torture.
Well, I’m absolutely not interested in sociology and so I’m really struggling with it. This essay with 3000 words about Pierre Bourdieu was the hardest thing I ever had to do in university… Initially, the submission date was thursday, 1pm. On wednesday, Daniel fortunately agreed on an extension until monday. On Friday, I finally finished it. I’m sure, it’s the worst thing I’ve ever written but at least it’s done…
After I’ll have corrected it on Sunday, I will submit it. After that, I can enjoy the last two weeks in Chester.

Furthermore, Tatjana arrived this week in Chester. She is another student from Bayreuth and will spend the next 5 months in Chester. She is doing the same programme and so, I already met her on Thursday in order to answer her questions. After the lecture on Friday, Sam, Ally, Harry and I went for a game of pool to the SU. Tatjana accompanied us. In this way, she got to know them better.

Saturday 14/01/2017: Leigh Bronze! The second badminton tournament took place in Leigh. I’ve only entered for singles which has been set very early. Ed gave me another lift and we agreed to meet at 7:45am at university. In contrast to German stereotypes, I’ve overslept massively… Although I’ve set the alarm to 7 o’clock, I obviously didn’t set the correct day. Funnily enough, mom called me by mistake. I think, she pushed the wrong button in WhatsApp and started a call instead of sending me a message. In this way, I woke up at 7:41… just in time to grab my bag and run to the meeting point.
The tournament itself didn’t really satisfy me. Thanks to Pierre and the still infected wound on my foot, I couldn’t play badminton the whole week. Although both of my opponents were beatable, I lost the first match and came only second. This meant, I were eliminated already before the knockouts…
To make matters worse, my injury got worse, again… Probably, it wasn’t the best idea to attend but I wanted to meet Georgina, Joe and Ed and so I decided to play 🙁 Irrespective of my physical problems, it was fun!

Sunday 15/01/2017: Today, I tried to recover. Finally, I managed it to watch the stream of ARD and ZDF in Great Britain. Because of problems regarding rights of licence, it’s hardly possible to watch German TV in foreign countries. Especially sports events such as biathlon, German football and the current running handball world championship aren’t available. Now – two weeks before the departure – I finally found a solution…

Besides, Katja corrected my essay. Afterwards, I finally submitted it.
I would like to close that chapter with the following quotation of Ken Roberts, another popular sociologist…

Confirmed again: French (people) and I aren’t a well-matched couple. So once and for all: I’m done with French (guys) now.

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