Lockdown

Is it weird that since the Coronavirus lockdowns began, I have socialized more from home than I ever do in person? Reconnecting with friends around the world, each conversation starts the same way– no preamble or typical small talk, but rather an immediate launch into updates on your country’s response to this pandemic, and yourContinue reading “Lockdown”

Why don’t you like Berlin?

“But why don’t you like Berlin?” I don’t like Berlin for the same reasons I don’t like most big cities. It’s dirty, expensive, and full of people. The streets smell like cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and literal shit. There’s rats. There’s no easy access to nature– “What do you mean? Berlin is one of theContinue reading “Why don’t you like Berlin?”

Moving to Berlin

A few short weeks after graduation, while I was still traveling after a conference, I realized that I would be moving to Berlin to start a new job in machine translation. All of this happened so quickly– much quicker, I think, than I was mentally prepared for. But now the frenzy of bureaucracy is finallyContinue reading “Moving to Berlin”

The NLP Job Hunt

Around a week after graduation, I sent off a very small handful of applications to a few different companies in computational linguistics. I didn’t spend much time thinking about the whole thing, because shortly thereafter, I left to attend EMNLP (a big comp ling conference that was held in Brussels). After that I headed toContinue reading “The NLP Job Hunt”

Officialization 11: Thesis Registration

Officialization TOC Officialization 1: WTF comes next in Italy? Officialization 2: Apartment Officialization 3: Internet Officialization 4: Stay Permit, part I Officialization 5: Picking Courses Officialization 6: Stay Permit, part II Officialization 7: TV Tax Officialization 8: Stay Permit, part III Officialization 9: Residenzia Officialization 10: Health Insurance Officialization 11: Thesis Registration¬†<– You are hereContinue reading “Officialization 11: Thesis Registration”

Equalizer

You are the great equalizer. We all come to you: young and old, rich and poor, great and small. Some come willingly; others out of necessity. Most take your offering but grudgingly, accepting their fate with stoic resignation. A few seem to take pleasure in the fulfillment you bring, such as it were. The seasonsContinue reading “Equalizer”

Officialization 10: Leaving Germany

My first year in the LCT master is over, and I am moving from Germany to Italy to do my second year. But damn German bureaucracy… even leaving Germany isn’t easy. Having to talk to all of these offices is like knocking on a door that will never open. Their hours of operation are haphazard,Continue reading “Officialization 10: Leaving Germany”