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OK, so, for a completely separate RP than my last few posts (still set in an AU of the "Ender's Game" universe, but still), the characters are going to be going to UN Headquarters in New York. Basic theme is that because they're superintelligent and multilingual, they're being loaned by the International Fleet for a bit as (to quote a previous post in this DWRP PSL) "...a translator, protocol monkey, interpreter, and escort to VIPs at the UN" - basically, since they're both on Earth for reasons, and they both live in or near NYC, this is how they earn additional funtime on Earth until everybody decides it's time to send them to their next stop, ICly.

Questions I have re UN Headquarters:

1. What exactly is security like? I've never been to the UN IRL, so I don't even know the basics like "Do they make you have special badges" or "Are the security people armed usually". Not looking for deep details, just what someone working there wou

2. When heads of state (like POTUS for example) come to visit the UN, do they bring their own translators/interpreters, or does the UN provide em?

3. New York gets *cold* in the winter (I know, I live in New Jersey), and the UN campus being right along the East River...Yeah I prefer not to think about what the wind does. Does the UN campus have underground tunnels for movement of people on those stupid cold (or, in the summer, stupid hot) days, or is movement between buildings all via the outdoors?

4. Bonus question, maybe someone here's worked at the UN: How good, or bad, are the staff cafeterias at the UN, and how expensive are they (compared to eating out in NYC usually...)?

Sources tried: Google ("UN Headquarters" and following links from there), UN.org, Wikipedia on UN Headquarters.

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Jun. 16th, 2017 07:41 am
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So, about where I've been. . .

I've been volunteering on a state primary election campaign for the last five months -- to the point that it's been sort of my vocation and my fandom at the same time. The election happened Tuesday, and it didn't go our way. I cried A LOT (cried an embarrassing amount in public, though it was among friends); this whole experience is one of the hardest things I've ever done but so worth it that I didn't even realize how hard it was until it was over, if that makes sense? I'm proud of how hard everyone worked, I'm proud we did things the right way until the end, and I'm proud of the voices that got heard because of our campaign.

Good news is that we're going to have a strong general election candidate, and today I bounced back enough to go to a meeting for a reproductive rights advocacy group that is going to be running volunteers and canvasses for the 'good guys' in the general election and offered my services as an experienced canvasser (I can do that now because of the last 5 months!) It's been quite a run and I'm going to miss my scrappy little insurgent campaign something fierce, but (to spout a cliche) the friends I made on the way are AMAZING and we're gonna figure out awesome things to do next.
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Hamburg, week 1

Jun. 12th, 2017 09:03 pm
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The weather is, as expected, alternately pleasant and raining. Yesterday it was even warm enough for me to wear shorts and a t-shirt and sunny enough to *get sunburned.* Today it was 65 and cloudy with occasional sprinkles.

I've seen a lot of things in Hamburg already. There are still museums I'd like to get to before I go. Several things I'm able to cross off my list because of the Goethe Institute's culture program (or will be later). On Saturday I took a day trip to Lübeck with 4 people from my class, which was really nice. We saw most of the Altstadt and got some cool pictures. A+ would go back again.

Hamburg is ok. It doesn't have the pull that Berlin does, but I feel like it's a place I could be for a little while (ie if I decide to 1) work on a PhD 1a) in Germany 2) in Hamburg). The feeling is different than Berlin, likely because it's a port city. (The largest port in Germany, even.) Lübeck, despite being small, all of 225k residents, felt nice, though. It was super adorable in the Altstadt. It also seems fairly cheap to rent there. (Though at the rate it seems to be growing, from the quick google I did to get the population, that might not last long.)

My class is going ok. The group is weird; 5 of them are returning from previous months and already know each other, and the other 6 of us are all newcomers. It's awkward and cliquish. But it's ok; several others among the newcomers are nice, and we (as I mentioned) traveled together. I'm preparing for the C1 Exam at the end of the month; it's going to be a little tough. There are a lot of things on the exam that I already know I'm shit at (ie the things I missed on the placement test, which are a) verb collocations, b) prefixed verbs (wirken/auswirken, forschen/erforschen), and c) formal/business letter (email) writing. Considering that I'm shit at business writing in English and I've never learned it in German...), and I asked the teacher if we can practice them more. I *think* I'll pass, but I want to get as high a score as possible.

I'm working on scheduling a meeting with a professor at Uni Hamburg to talk about his research and maybe mine, see if he seems like a person I could work with for a few years and if he's even willing to consider me as a student. (There are other professors at other unis whose work I find interesting, based on their CVs & bios on the website. I'm just here at the moment.)

Anyway, it's time for me to write in my fancy paper journal. I should probably also finish my homework. (I just have to make some notes about whether I agree with a dude about some stuff and learn some vocabulary. I finished the rest.)

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