*listens:: Chris Rice – For the Beauty of the Earth*
It’s 8pm before it gets dark now, stupid daylight savings. I keep thinking that I have the whole “night” to study. So after dark I have dinner, settle down and it’s 10pm.
Got to speak to Wendy last night! Her voice sure sounds different with the cough she’s having, but it sure was great to talk with her. Especially listening to her problems and realising that i’m not alone =)
Brought the bike out for a spin today (Any recommendations for a name for the bike haha). Decided to go past Hallenstadion and Opfikon via Glattpark to Kloten (out of zone 10!). Came back through Glattbrugg and Seebach. Took about 2 hours, and when I reached back my legs were aching. I’m still not used to the bike. I don’t think I adjusted the seat properly, or I had to switch from pavement to tar too many times (more on that later). I have never owned a mountain bike, so I’m still twiddling with the gears to figure out which is good for slopes and which is better for flat ground. This bike seems to have 2 controls, and both in opposite directions from each other. Maybe I’ll seek help And I have to remember not to change the gears while pedalling!
Most roads have bicycle lanes but they still need getting used to. I have to remember that I’m riding on the other side of the road here, so it’s more important to check left blind spot, to check the correct sides when crossing roads. It’s very scary when crossing junctions cos the bicycle lane is to the right of the car lane going straight, while the car lane for turning is on the right of the bicycle lane. So I’m sandwiched by a bus and a truck, that’s intimidating. Some roads don’t have bicycle lanes, so I have to go up to the pavement, and then that poses a new challenge cos I follow pedestrian traffic rules! Aiya all you bike pros will be laughing at me by now. :S There were only 2 real slopes to mention on the way to Kloten and back, so it was quite manageable. I can’t bear to think about coming back from ETH on bike. that steep slope up to Rigi ><
Doing BSF “homework” now. I don’t particularly like the system of BSF. Priding themselves in sticking to times, there are ~20 questions to be “discussed” in 40 minutes. How does anyone discuss a question properly in 2 minutes!! And if I have questions, I have nobody to discuss with. And some of the questions are so open-ended! eg How has your thinking changed as a result of reading the notes? Someone gives a 2-sentence answer and we move on. NO room for queries or comments! And what if I don’t quite agree with the notes? Sorry move on. I find that quite a pain. I won’t be able to come to a conclusion on what is the correct interpretation of passages.
We cleared out a shelf in the kitchen and a shelf in the fridge for the new roommate today. He/she will start paying rent from today 1st April, so the room’s free till the person comes in. Speaking of which I haven’t paid my rent. I went down to the Hauptbahnhof and realised that I had forgotten to bring my card. So no withdrawal of money, no payment of rent. I went to sulk by going grocery shopping at Migros City.