Belfast here!

Hi everybody,

the end of my second day in Belfast is not far off. Two interesting days. On monday we arrived at Dublin airport and went to Belfast by bus. There we met our project manager Kevin Shine (very nice guy by the way) and he showed us the appartments. My mate David and myself living together with 3 spanish guys. The first room we saw was the living – room full of balloons.  I think this could be very funny with these guys ^^

The appartment

Today David and I discovered the city and found some nice places and pubs 😉 My job interview for translink is on friday, so we have enough time to settle in. Tomorrow I will visit some football grounds in Belfast and will present it to you by showing some pictures.

Thats all so far …!

First sign of live

Hi everybody,

Finally we got our Internet connection so we can actually start writing articles in this blog.

Yesterday, we arrived at Belfast at about 17 o’clock after taking the bus at 14 o’clock in Dublin. The appartement I’m living in is great. I’m sharing it with my collegue Mr. Boese and some spanish guys. The room is small but I feel comfortable with it. Getting access to the internet was quite easy 😉 . We got an UMTS stick from O² after discovering the city in ridiculous 5 hours ^^. Here are some Pictures of the house in Delhi Street, Belfast:

Tomorrow there will be my job interview for Nitec which is the company I’m going to start working next monday. Kevin Shine, who’s responsible for the organisation of all participating students (yes here I’m traded like a stundent and OSZIMT is called a „College“) is going to pick me up and drive me to this interview. I hope that the guys from Nitec are satisfied with my appearance.

I think thats all I can report until now.

My first day at the Africa Centre…

Good Morning to everyone,

this will be my first day to work at the Africa Centre. I have to take the LUAS from Fatima to Abbey Street where the Africa Centre is, so I am a lucky guy, because it is only something around ten minutes drive.

So, I am back from work. Of coure, what else, I reached the Africa Centre at 9:30, 10:00 was arranged, whereby the person who I should ask for was not there, so the coordinator of the Africa Centre, called Eric, welcomed me and introduced me what the Africa Centre is doing and what I am going to do there during my internchip for eight weeks.

The office is very very small but there are looking forward to expand their organisation with new rooms to have more space to work and a place for young people, not only africans, to be together. Unfortunately, the owner of the building is not in Dublin up to and including August.

I think it is enough for today, so see you soon, bye bye 🙂

My first days in Dublin

Hi, folks!

Yesterday we arrived at Dublin-Airport, shortly after a haulage firm drove us to our
apartments, called „Herberton Apartments“.
The apartments look nice at large and have everything we need  to live here for 2 months.
We have 2 bedrooms for 4 people, 2 bathrooms, a balcony and 1 livingroom with a kitchen.
The weather keeps up and the irish folks give a pleasant impression.
In the evening we set up our rooms an made the first „bulk purchases“.

Today Leo and I had a holiday, because our internship starts on wednesday.
So we used this day to scout Dublin and our environs.
We went by tram in the city and made the second „bulk purchases“.
In addition I bought a square trousers for my first business day.
Now I have written enough for today and will get hungry.

See you soon!

Greetz, Chriz

ps: every time I will load up a new pic…

City of Dublin

Exciting first day in Dublin

Hello everyone,

I guess you have read totally boring and annoying blogs already. I hope my blog will be even worse. 😉 For everyone who wants to know what a blog is, it is a contraction of the term ‚web log.‘ click this link for further (totally unuseful) information 😉

So why am I writing a blog? You got to know that I am an apprentice at the Charité Hospital in Berlin. I am trained for being an IT specalist for application development. I started my training last year in october and will hopefully finish it in the middle of next year. For more information about the Charité and the other accompanying firms that educate me and my other apprentices click here

This year my colleagues and I are fortunate enough to be able to complete a two month internship in irish companies. I hope to learn alot about the irish way of working, thinking and living and hope to improve my english skills alot as well. This weekend we had a preparatory course which was good. I liked what we learned and the location as well but the timing and planning of the course were a bit off. But nevertheless it was quite useful. I learned alot about manoeuvring through difficult situations, e.g. how to politely ask for names again.

Today was the day of our arrival in Ireland. We started at 11:30am from Schönefeld Airport in Berlin and landed in Dublin at about 12:50pm on Dublin Airport. The first thing we noticed was that our clocks gained. So rather than watching out for some pretty girls, my first action in Ireland was to adjust my watch. Then almost half of our group of trainees left Dublin and headed to Belfast by bus, whereas forteen of us stayed here and were picked up at the airport by a driver send from the Swan Training Institute. He drove half of us to the Ladlane Apartements and the other half, including myself to the Herberton Appartements.

Our apartement is really nice, we have two bedrooms with two beds each, two bathrooms, a smaller and a bigger one, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a washing machine and a living room with a tv. Ah… and we have a balcony, a fitness center across the street, including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a soccerfield nearbye. Did I mention my evil and mean side yet? HAR HAR

My Group and I decided to walk to the Swan Training Institute for our first appointment there. We wanted to walk so we could see something of Dublin, but the area we had to pass through wasn’t the finest. Finally we arrived there safely (thank god) 😉 and got our instructions from our advisor. Afterwards we went to one of the next of the perceived one quadrillion o2 shops in Dublin right across the street and bought prepaid cards and topped them up with 20€ so that we can sms and telephone among us for free.

After we did that, we went to a shopping hall the clerk at o2s recommended to us and that way we got our first daily routine handled too. Thereby we lost one of our roommates but we were lucky to find him safe and sound at our apartement. On our way back we experienced something very interesting… but see for yourself.

That was it for today, hopefully tommorows text will be (a lot ) shorter… or longer… just to torture you… 😉

Leave comments please!


Fortunately our flight to Dublin was not cancelled and we reached the city and the apartments easily. After our meeting with the organizers from the Swan Company we found our floor flooded with water, hopefully the carpet is going to by dry in a few days thanks to a dehydrator standing in our floor since two hours.

Updates about the Work, Dublin and its nightlife will come soon.

Greeting back to Berlin, Belfast and the rest of the world,


By the Way: First! 😉

First day in Dublin…


this is Marco Hübner. I am doing an internchip in Dublin/Ireland for 8 weeks and therefor I am going to write my impressions @ this blog.

Our aircraft took off Berlin Schönefeld at 11:30 and we arrived at the Dublin Airport at 12:50, but it was a 2h 20mins flight due to the time difference in Dublin and Berlin. In Dublin it is one hour earlier than in comparison with Berlin.

A bus driver of the SWAN Institute took us to our appartments. 5 are living at the Herberton Student Residence and the other 9 at the Lad Lanes appartments. 4 of us have one appartment and I have to share mine with 3 irish students. I only got to know 2 of them, Brian and Simon. There are very friendly and I am hoping this situation will improve my english as well as this internchip in general.

The appartment is fine.  There is a big living room with a nice kitchen. Each room with two beds has its own bathroom with a shower.
At 16:00 we were invited to the SWAN Institute where we get some money to buy a week ticket for the LUAS and they told us how we can get to our workplaces and to which pub we should go. *haha*

So that was my first day, nothing special, only missing my girlfriend.

Das Auslandspraktikum

Mit der Entsendung von Fachinformatik-Azubis in ein Auslandspraktikum setzt der afib (Ausbildungsverbund Fachinformatik Berlin) im Raum Berlin/Brandenburg nun im zweiten Jahr einen weiteren Meilenstein zur Steigerung der Qualität in der IT-Ausbildung. Die afib-Azubis des Lehrjahres 2009 sind Teil einer Gruppe von ca. 30 Auszubildenden, die ab Mai 2010 einen achtwöchigen Auslandsaufenthalt in Irland verbringen.


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