Archiv für den Monat: September 2009

3rd day in Manila

was the first day we really got around the city a lil
bit. Here some impressions:

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2nd day in Manila

Our second day here in Manila is slowly passing by.  Today we got to know Sheena from the Office for International Programs, though we visited Loyola Heights Campus for the first time. She was so kind to help us finding an apartment near campus. We already visited two apartments – one was really nice. But we are going to see some houses tomorrow in which other International students live, which sounds very interesting.

Today our first ride by a tricycle, which is a regular means of public transport, was a lot of fun.
Everything’s so different here. The streets are really dirty compared to Germany and there are lots of cables are running over ones head along the streets. There is a lot of American food here, especially fastfood restaurants, but also a lot of street vendors selling exotic food.
But in the end WE are the real exotics here. Everybody is looking at us, some are asking where we are from and what we are doing here – always very friendly. Since now I did not see any European except the three of us.

And – finally – no worries about us here in Manila. Actually we are not affected by the flood. The only thing is that there are donation boxes for the victims. But we did not see a flooded area or something. We are really fine here.

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Dubai 355

After a stay in Dubai we arrived in Manila

After having a sleepless night, finally we arrived in Manila yesterday. I am sure you heard of the flood that caused a havoc in Manila. But thank God Quezon City, where we live, is not that much affected. Our first flight was cancelled and we thought of maybe breaking up our trip to Manila at all. Now we are glad we didn’t.
It is still a little rainy here, but a very nice temperature of 27°C. Tomorrow we are going to visit the Office for International Programs at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and hopefully we will start to look for an apartment where we gonna live the next six month.

We had some fun days in Dubai before and got a lot to see. We made a city tour the one day and went by wonderful watertaxis, you can see below. Dubai has wonderful beaches and there are so many skyscrapers and huge malls to see. One day we made a desert tour by a jeep, that was really fun. But surprisingly it was not as hot as we thought a desert must be ^^
It was absolutely noticeable that we were in an muslim country. It felt like we were the only women on the streets, in addition the were very less Europeans – a very special experience!

Because of so much organisational stuff we had to do that day we did not get to see a lot of Manila – but we have another six month ;)

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