woke up, went biking. and after being angrily honked at and then coming very very close to being hit twice i made a nice loop and enjoyed not having anything else to do. my legs were a bit tired from being frozen yesterday, but after a while they felt a little better. hopefully next weekend i will be racing so this week i am going to take it pretty easy. do some quickness things. but other than biking today nothing happened. to cold to just go sit outside...and everything is closed so no point in going downtown. next thing on the scheduel is to decide what to have for dinner. then who knows! no class tomorrow so i dont have to worry about going to bed early. haha. life is hard...
30 April, 2006
29 April, 2006
ever since i bought that sunscreen it has not been sunny. i think maybe i should sell it. today not only was it rainy but quite cold. never more than 10.
this morning i started my bike early cause it was dry at the time. then about an hour in the roads got wet. i dont really remember much rain, but it got really wet. and really cold. so after 2 more hours of freezing i got back and slowly warmed up. that took me nearly 2 hours to do...
went and got some vegtables at the store and had green beans and spaghetti for dinner. quite good. then played some chess and more i am thinking about bed.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 10:31 PM
28 April, 2006
for those who like to read early i figured id get the news out. first and i guess could be considered most important is dad is coming in may.
anyone remember that calander i was talking about the other day, how it had all the races in the area. well apparently i did not read it very well cause this morning i got bored and really studied it. i discovered, to my surprise and delight, that there are a couple of races within 100km in the next few weeks. the first ones i found were not accessable with a train, and i cant find contact info on them. then i found a race in Singen (35 km) away on monday. and being that i have no class monday this is good. i emailed the organizer to see if it was too late, have not heard back yet. i kept reading. next weekend there is one in Geislingen (70 km). then the next weekend Konstanz and i could just keep going...wahooo! i went and talked to the shop guy to see if he knew if i could race he said Geislingen for sure and probably Konstanz too. (i did not have the info about monday yet).
I got back to my room emailed the bike clubs and then a few minutes later i got an email from the club in Konstanz which i have been trying to find since my arrival. it was just a little bit about the club and who the guy was and all. i emailed back a few questions then got another email that basically said (translated) "i am very glad you are interested in the club. You can register for a racing liscense at this certain shop. I dont know who is riding today because the weather is so bad. We race in baden-wurt. and Rhein-land. area and we have a van to transport. the first people to register for the race get a place in the van, but many drive themselves. transportation to the races is no problem. on 03.05 we are having a team presentation, i suggest you come to it and we can talk."
racing this weekend is not going to happen. you have to have a license to race and you cant buy just a day one like at home. in fact you cant even buy one, you have to register through a team kinda thing. i went to do that today, but the guy i need to talk to was not in his shop (not a bike shop like i had been looking for, but a stamp shop). so i will be talking to him as soon as possible.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 1:59 PM
27 April, 2006
no lies that is what i did last night. i baked Amerikaners (americans in english). However, as you probablly suspected i did not bake actual people. Amerikaners are a pastry they have over here that is quite good. it gets its name from the frosting, which is supposed to be half white, half black. kinda funny. but i enjoy them quite a bit and since theyare never cheaper than .80€ i decided to make my own. and lucky for me they are pretty dang easy to make. just butter, flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder. unfourtunatley i did not mix the batter quite well enough at the start so the first batch was a bit flat, but i realized what happened and the second few turned out quite well. they are supposed to be round, but mine kinda grew into each other in the oven. oops! ill figure out how to get them right next time. and the frosting i used, powdered sugar water and lemon. was a bit strong on the lemon. also easily fixable. over all they are pretty good.
one of the better looking ones. i ate the others last night.
this morning i got to sleep in a bit. till 8 30. got up ate an amerikaner and went to grammer class. we just did a bit of review, but i needed it! luckily after i figured out what we were doing it was easy.
at the end of class i found out that next monday is a national holidy. which meansss?? no class! so my three day weekend is now four. i think ive figured out why german education is free (or costs very little). and that is because they are never in class!
i was then going to go to another class, but i did not write down the room number. so ill go next week. but i dont really need to cause ive got my 4 classes.
after than i went for an easy 90 min bike. found two delightful 4 km hills not to far away that i will most likely being spending some time on.
after the bike i called Die Bahn (the train) service to find out where my missing Bahncard is. and found out they had a bad address. so now ill get that finally (hopefully). anddd thats my day.
its the weekend!
Posted by Jake Boyce at 4:20 PM
26 April, 2006
this morning i got the pleasure of having "choco rice pearls" for breakfast, and they are amazing. for being a knock of cocoa crispies i think that they might actually be better. wahoo.
then it was of to a german class for speaking work. i think it will be a pretty good class. sounds like most of the focus will be on vocab. next i waited in the room for my "witch hunting in middle europe" to start, but i guess that happens next week.
next came biking, went to that steep hill again. then back a new way. always fun to explore.
when i got back i got ready to go to the first day of my mountain bike class. i was really excited for it and all. then i checked the scheduel to remember the room and saw the class was not at 4, but at 2. ooops. i missed it by two hours. i dont know how i managed to read the time wrong more than once. so i got back and emailed the prof. luckily he just said to come next week cause there is still room. whew...
and tonight is alfreado for dinner hopefully. we will see how it turns out.
i also found some peanut butter at the store today. hopefully it is better than the last german peanut butter i had. ill let you know when i eat some.
in response to a recent comment. the reason that my blog has been basically all about biking is well, because thats basically the only thing ive been doing. class started this monday and since it is the first week nothing is being taught quite yet. just introduction and plans for the course.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 5:47 PM
25 April, 2006
another morning with hoopy honeys and i was off to take my placement test for the german classes. of course since i have not studied or written german for nearly a month it did not go that well. but it does not really matter because i am in the same class i wanted to be. also i am going to take a speak proficency class as well i think.
after the test i went for an hour ride thinking i would not have time later. i did my 6.36km TT again and knocked off over a minute. 9:20 i think part of the reason was there was no one to dodge and instead of taking the bike trail the last 1.5km i stuck to the rd. its the same lenght but a bit smoother. but it felt good so now i have a new thing to beat...
then got home and rushed to get ready for the sociology class. made it there a few minutes late. i think i will for sure stay in that class. looks like it will be interesting. all i have to do is write a 15 page paper at the end. but lucky for me its in english! yes!
since today was the first day all that happens is a lecture on the class itself. no point in teaching yet, some people wont stay in it. so it was done at 12:45 and therefor i got a chance to finally ride with those who i have been trying to hook up with for the last week. but i had to cut it short for i had another class to get too. so i rode an hour out, then back. luckily home with the wind. and i went pretty easy. again got home rushed to class and made it early this time. i found out that this class (the roman republic) is a proseminar which i guess means it is hard. so i wont be taking it. also it is about the politics of rome not the action stuff. ha
then i did my laundry and now i will eat dinner.
i also found a list of all the races this summer in Baden-Würtenburg (the "state" i live in) its quite a long list so hopefully i can get into some. i talked to the shop guy about racing and he said i need a licsense (i cant ever spell that one) to race with the teams and such, but i can race the "hobby class" without one. we will see what i find out.
oh it was supposed to rain today. never did. oh shucks.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 6:43 PM
24 April, 2006
after a breakfast of "Hoopy Honeys" (supposed to be cheerioish, but more like froot loops) i headed of to the uni for my first class. it is a german grammar class. today was just the introductions and all, so nothing special. however i never took a needed placement test so i am lucky enough to have to take it tomorrow! oh boy! after that class i headed to were i thought my second class was, but i guess it was not a class day today. hmm. oh well. i didnt complain. so at 10:30 i was done. so of course the only thing left to do on this beautiful sunny very warm day was go biking. i called the bike shop guy to see if they were meeting, but today was a rest day for there was a race yesterday. i really need to get in on that action...since they wernt going i took off and rode up that steep hill i talked about going down the other day. it was hard. instead of starting nice and easy the road out of the village is a steep 14% and that lasts for a good km. then it gets a bit easier for about 1.5k then i am pretty sure it kicks back up to 10% for another km before nearing the flatter top. it was hard, ill be quite strong if i do that a few times a week.
after clearing the top i was greeted with a hazy but very nice view of the alps. they are very hard to see in this picture, but are still there. ill get to them one of these days.
the alps are there
then i went down down down, into the valley. then up up and out and back to konstanz. it was a very nice 2 hr 15 min ride. i cramped up pretty bad after the big hill, i think because i did not drink enough the last few days, but eventually the cramps went away and i was fine.
tomorrow i have a test, a sociology class that looks pretty interesting "sociology on the internet" and then the history class which is on the roman republic. and if i dont like a class, doesnt matter, i just find a new one!
Posted by Jake Boyce at 8:53 PM
23 April, 2006
well believe it or not i have not been in class since march 30th. and unfourtunatley class does begin tomorrow. oh well. it should not be to much work. a 4 day week with one of my classes being biking! hahaha. we will see what the actual classes are like, if they are lots of work, or none at all. i hope a bit light!
today i pretty much relaxed. made french toast this morning, although i still cant get it quite right. then sat around. went for an hour really really easy bike, just get any stiffness that there was out. then sat around some more. i finished up the book i was reading, deception point by dan brown. was really quite good. made some dinner. had a floor meeting that was entertaining and now its bed time.
oops! forgot sunscreen...
Posted by Jake Boyce at 11:06 PM
22 April, 2006
having a group ride fail to materialize is not always a bad thing...
This morning i got up ate a big breakfast and went down to the border to meet other at 11. no one showed up. i called my contact and he was baffled. so at 11 20 i took of solo into the swiss hills once again. after a seemingly random set of turns here and there i found myself climbing a decent hill going up and away from a swiss town. near the top (or thought it was at the time) i saw a guy cruising down. he looked pretty fast so i said screw it and turned around and chased after him. for some reason as i was chasing him down the hill my adrenaline kicked in, why i know now. but at the time it was a bit odd. anyways after i got close again (he stoped for traffic) i noticed he was decked out in Team Phonak gear. of course i just assumed it was a die hard fan like ive seen before. althought he did have the BMC team edition with a super nice power meter and all, but hey a rich fan? but i just rode up and asked if i could ride with him a bit. he looked a bit surprised and said sure why not (all of these events happen in german). so i asked him name and all that introduction stuff (name is Bert) and found out he lives in Kreuzlingen, which is just across the border from konstanz. the conversation then naturally led to me asking him if he does a whole lot of racing. he said yes lots with a bit of an odd look, then since he was wearing Phonak gear i kinda half jokingly asked if he races for Phonak, and to my surprise and utter delight he said yes! also looking baffled. i felt like an idiot. hear i had caught up to a pro and then casual asked him if he raced. i think he thought it was pretty entertaining, or maybe just annoying. either way i was now biking with a professional cyclist. ahahaha and so for the next hour or so i biked around the swiss country side with a guy named Bert who is a pro. he even said my german is good! haha. i asked what races hes done so far this year and he was like oh to many to name so i said paris-roubaix and he said yes, but it did not go incredibly well. i think he hurt his wrist there. i also think he said he does not like that race much. but im not going to say that for sure... i also found out his next race is the tour of Romandie. then we went by a soccer game so i asked if he like soccer and was excited for the world cup like every other European. he said no not really but ill still watch. i thought that was entertaining.
eventually we ended up in kreuzlingen and so i told him good luck and that kinda thing. and then i think perhaps maybe ill see you out biking again. but anyway that was the first hour and 50 of my ride.
oh the whole time we were going around 35 kmh. except on hills. Bert does not like hills...lucky for me. i felt surprsingly good while biking with him. sure my heart rate was a bit high for an OD workout but i figured i could suffer. thankfully he was doing a mildly easy day. i must have caught him after his harder part. again luckily. but i hope he did not mind me going along. i made sure never to go in his draft though always at his side as to not seem as i was just along to say i did it. tried to make it like a normal ride. i also took no pictures as to not impose any more.
after biking with Bert i had tons of energy so i went back out in the country side and ended up on the same hill i met him on. but this time i kept going up. and up and up it was a delightfully long hill. i did not measure it thought, but i gaurantee i will be back there. so after climbing for a long while i got to the top and came around a corner to see the Bodensee stretched out before me. it was quite a pretty sight. but since i was going downhill at 60 kmh i did not take a picture. ill be back on that hill too. i got to the bottom and went towards Konstanz, but turned around about 15 min later and decided to go around the south west arm of the lake again. ride time was now at around 3 hr 45. and i was out of water. but i just kept going and eventually got to germany. found some nice swiss buildings for mum right before the border.
they all have pictures on them too.
i filled my water bottles up here and then kept on going. i was at about 100 km and had 40 to go till konstanz so i decided to make in 160 or so. a century in miles. at about 120 i could tell i was starting to bonk. the only thing i had eaten was 6 "gel cubes" from Clifbar. (thanks ingrid) and so i looked for a bakery. and just kept going from town to town. never finding an open one. eventually a tired body got me back to konstanz and i ate a bit. dropped my bowl of rice on the floor that i had been looking forward to all day. and went to the grocery store. ate a big dinner and now am finishing this.
so that was my day in the saddle
total ride was 6 hours 13 min. and 162.09 km. not to bad for 5 hours being solo.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 9:26 PM
21 April, 2006
another beautiful day today. lucky me. first i went up to the uni and was going to talk to the professor who does the biking class. but he was not there. however i found a sheet and put my name on it. i also say where the class "excursion" goes. the place is called Engadin. and it is somewhere in switzerland. near St. Moritz i believe. after that i went downtown and got to talk to a guy who rides his bike. and got word to meet on the swiss border at 1:30. then i went and asked about a job at a baker. they needed help, but since i will only be here for 3 more months and the training period is around 6 weeks he said that it would not be worth it for either of us. to bad. he needed workers too...
then i went home got ready to bike. got to the border 5 min early, saw a bike go across. then tried myself. buuuuuttttt. today just happen to be my lucky day and there were some gaurds out. after seeing a bunch of people go across without ids being check i tried. and of course i got check. and of course i did not have my passport. so i waited to see if they might bike in germany. but i think they did not. so i tried to quick get my passport and get back down but it took me a good 25 min. so the riders were gone when i got back. stupid stupid me. but i went across anyway and the same guy checked me and went through my passport a good 2 or 3 times nice and slow, im sure just to piss me off. after that experience i took off towards the hills. after going up one that was surprising long and steep for what i thought it was going to be i got to a high point and was able to look out over a nice valley with some good looking hills on the other side.
i went to the bottom of the valley and decided to turn around and save my energy for tomorrow in case there is a long ride (i contacted the shop guy a few min. ago, 11 at the border, i wont miss it this time.)
and that was my day.
oh i nearly forgot. one the bank clocks in switzerland said 27 degrees. thats 81 F....
Posted by Jake Boyce at 8:54 PM
20 April, 2006
today was a fairly busy day. got up, went to the uni. finished up all the paperwork there. went downtown tried to find out what happened to my Bahncard, but i asked a lazy guy and he told me to call. thought about getting a job at a bakery or movie theater. contacted a guy about helping him crew his racing sailboat. found out that i can get ahold of the bike club tomorrow. got enough groceries for about a month. and then went biking. since it has been very nice these past few days the bugs seem to have all hatched now. so while biking i must have killed a couple hundered. one did not want to go quietly and bit or stung me on the arm upon contact. i can still feel where it did so. but other than that biking was very nice. working on my tan of course. i think the spring that is usually here finally came. soon it will be summer. horray!
tomorrow i am going to explore the swiss roads. should be interesting. ill find out how far away the alps actually are...
Posted by Jake Boyce at 10:33 PM
19 April, 2006
well the wonderful visit of ingrid is now over, so the only thing left to keep me company is my bike. after the 4 and a half hour train ride home i took off. went up the peninsula right to the mainland then turned left instead of the usually 180. Leo had told me that there was a good hill near one of the cities, so i decided to go find it. and i found it, quite easily actually. it is a hard hill. snakeing along through the forest at 10% for about 4km. that is after about 1km of a very light rise. i have a feeling ill be on it a lot. the view from the top was good, but i did not have my camera... coming down was really fast and fun, lots of turn practice. then after one time up i headed back to konstanz. it the hill is around 17km from here, so i have to want to do a longer ride to get to it. today was 2 hrs 50 and 76.7 km.
tomorrow i am going to finish up all the paperwork stuff up at the uni. how exciting...
Posted by Jake Boyce at 10:57 PM
17 April, 2006
...Jake will be missed
Posted by Jake Boyce at 10:54 PM
16 April, 2006
first off happy easter to all.
on with the show...
today was my first big holiday experience in a different country. it was pretty good. just so everyone knows easter here is much like it is at home. little kids search for easter eggs (real eggs) and then baskets (full of chocolate). there are even lots of chocolate bunnies just like at home.
we (Bühlers, ingrid, I) went to church this morning. the oldest church i probablly will go to a service in. (1056)
then went to the village restrauant in frittlingen to celebrate grandpas birthday and easter. we ate really good food. lots and lots of it too. then we went back to grandparents house and were force feed for another 2 hours. i thought my stomach was going to explode. and that was pretty much my easter.
oh, yesterday was good too. 2.5hr bike with over 20km of climbing, lots of food. good time.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 8:10 PM
14 April, 2006
finally a day without rain. oh so wonderful. after a light breakfast i took off on my bike. i went up past the high point on the peninsula and the a past. almost to the city where i can take off down the long part of the lake. as i was coming to an intersection on the way home i saw a biker cruising up the way i was not going to go, i figured it would be a good chance to see if he was part of a team or something so i chased him and his Look 585 with carbon wheels and all down. i found out he was not affiliated with the team i am trying to contact, but i did get in a good 10k with him. my first bike with someone since the last time with paul in paderborn. it was delightful to draft someone again...
after he cut off i did my nice little time trail run i figured out. 6.36 km in 10:23. considering the dodging of tourers i did and following the bike path i am fairly pleased with that.
after biking ingrid and i went into town and ate ice cream and peopled watched just like tons of others were doing. it was nice to sit in the sun a relax with the alps in the distance.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 7:54 PM
13 April, 2006
another day of crappy weather today. but instead of sitting ingrid looked through a book, found a castle she liked and we went there. it was not as good as the pictures made it look was her verdict. on the way there she put her foot partly on the seat edge and some old man told her to take it off, then called us pigs. how nice of him. on the way there since i have a card that gets me 50% off train tickets i bought the ticket in the machine, not needing to use the card to do so, then when the conductor came around i did not have it so i had to pay more. bah. luckily they did not check on the way home. the weather in ingrids city was crappy and cold too. i was unhappy. we were there all of 45 min, then started on the way home. my day got all better when i got to ride in a two story train. now i am happy. and eating corn chips..........
Posted by Jake Boyce at 8:09 PM
11 April, 2006
well the day we were supposed to go to france took a drastic change when the train got cancelled. there was heavy snowfall in the black forest which downed trees on the track preventing us from getting through. sooo after sitting for nearly an hour two stops away from konstanz we got kicked off and went back. instead of going back up to the univerisity and sitting the rest of the day we stayed downtown for quite a while. we in fact accidently walked to switzerland.
then we tried again for france this morning with success. the train made it through and we got to strasbourg without a problem.
strasbourg was quite nice actually, much nicer than i thought it would be. also bigger. and since it was france chocolate shops and bakery shops everywhere. its what got me through the day. i found one place which had unresistable cake....mmmmmm.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 10:07 PM
09 April, 2006
well a rainy day, all day non stop. and its a cold rain. no fun at all. since there was nothing better to do we tried to make french toast this morning. it was not normal, but it still was not to bad. then went run/bike. then sat around a whole lot. finally dinner time came around and we made sauce that was really actually not bad at all, with pork and noodles. i ate a ton, so did ingrid. and now i am stuffed. after dinner we drank hot cocoa and played 2 games of chess. both of which i strategically dominated! hahaha.
and that was pretty much the day.
tomorrow we are going to go to strasbourg which is france.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 9:56 PM
08 April, 2006
yesterday ingrid finally arrived. although not on time. apparently the plane from minneapolis had some issues. so she missed her flight from amsterdam to frankfurt. i never knew it would be stressful to wait like that. but trying to figure out if she was on the plane, or a different plane coming to a different gate. ahh. glad thats over. eventually she made it, 4 hours late. lucky we made the last train of the day to konstanz and after 4 hours of trains got here at 1:30 ish.
today was amazing out. so warm and sunny. ingrid had jet lag so i went biking while she slept, worked out quite nicely. i found a nice hour and a quater long loop.
after biking we went down to the old city which is all shopping and touristy. it was quite nice down there too. i bought a big down, very comfortable pillow for 5€ (the pillow i got with the room sucks). i also found a pair of birkenstocks for 29€ and i was planning on buying some of those while here so i got that out of the way.
Well I guess you could say my horrible plane ride here was all worth it after today. The sky was amazingly blue, not a cloud in the sky. The weather was wonderful, shorts of course althought I found out today Germans prob. dont wear shorts till it gets alittle warmer, they could tell im not from here haha. But for me, it was warm enough. My frist train ride was very nice as well, it made me wonder if people in Germany ever sleep because we were on the train till 2 a.m and there were still people just riding it. Mostly kids, i was very suprised. Well hopefully another nice day tomorrow! Untill then...
Posted by Jake Boyce at 7:48 PM
06 April, 2006
this morning started with a meeting with the advisor for the olaf students. he wanted to check up and see what classes we were interested in and such. so i did that at 9 30 with the other 2 oles. they came a bit late because they were getting their visas. i realized i needed to get mine by next monday or else something would happen (it says you only have a week to get it upon arival).
first i had to go get proof of insurance, luckily that only took about 10 minutes. then i went the the Bürgerburo (citizens office) and applied and got my visa! i had to get this all done by noon too, because the office closes then. luckily i was able to so i dont need to go back.
along with the visa, i got a cupon book worth supposedly 150€. exciting.
on the way home i stoped at the grocery store again. third day in a row. i just cant carry much so i have to go back and forth. but i got potatoes and eggs and pork, which was cheap! horray! i can eat meat again! (paderborn meat was really pricy).
after a lunch of grilled cheese i went for a bike, this time too the hills. i just turned whenever i felt like it (usually uphill) and just kept going. i figure the best way to find out where you are is to go get lost and find your way home. but since i live on basically a peninsula it was pretty hard to get lost. especially cause i got high enough where i could see nearly everything between me and the alps on the other side of the lake. someday when it is not hazy ill have to go back up there, the view would be spectacular.
after getting home i made some dinner, pork and potatoes with sauce that looked good but i screwed up in that it had almost no flavor. after dinner a taiwan exchange kid taught me how to play chess. its about time i learned. so now since there is a chess game here i will play often i think...
tomorrow i go to frankfurt...to pick up ingrid!
Posted by Jake Boyce at 9:31 PM
05 April, 2006
instead of typing pictures will do well
Posted by Jake Boyce at 3:26 PM
04 April, 2006
sorry all for not entertaining for the last few days, im working on getting interent on my computer. so far no luck. tomorrow i think i will though. when i do i have many pictures.
but konstanz is nice. today i rode around the south west arm of the lake. 2 countries! look at a map...
till tomorrow. hopefully....
Posted by Jake Boyce at 6:48 PM
01 April, 2006
well today was pretty good. and for the morning quite nice outside. so after breakfast and sitting outside for a few hours i went for a bike. to another big hill in the area. just a little further away, and bigger i think. instead of 3 complete switch backs it has 9. much more entertaining to go up. it took 17 minutes. i only had time to do it once though. it was quite nice out. i biked in only shorts and a long sleeve jersey and was dripping sweat on the hill. got back and ate lunch right away, another big meal. oh anne got home too. so it was a family meal and jake.
then at 3 relatives came over to celebrate christophs birthday, so the talked and ate cake (homeade cheese, and that kind with cream and fruit on top)for a few hours. when they are all talking amongst each other i can really hear the swäbisch accent. compared to hoch deutsch it is much harder to understand, but i think learning german with it makes it a bit easier for me to understand. some of the other germans cant understand it...
and now after a few hours of clouds the sun just came back out. how nice.
Posted by Jake Boyce at 7:02 PM