Beijing in the sun and dinner

Monday evening, just for sunset I arrived in Beijing, nice weather, warm and sunny, but fresh. Air in Beijing gets better. The airport is now enormous. I had not seen it for years.

All is new and shiny, the terminals are linked by an internal train. But, there is now also an external Expresstrain, which links the airport to the city center. But obviously :-) we took the taxi.

Asian Mirror for necessary

This morning, at the Harbin Institute of Technology I gave embarassed up, when trying to get on the screen. It was tooooo slow, much slower than other sides. I have read that 10s is the maximum time that people wait for a website. If this is true at Harbin Institute of Technology will not be used! To get a more objective impression I made a pinging of some websites sending 3 datablocks to, and

Harbin in the Rain

Well, I arrived in Harbin on October 18th and the weather was, let's say as a normal January in Hamburg and I was stupidly dressed with a linen jacket and mocassins - just out of Rome. January in Harbin could be worse. Wikipedia says - 13 C is the medium High Temperature, they call it also Ice -City in China.
Harbin is known for it's pollution problems and the picture below, taken from my Hotel room might confirm this.

Killing the pig

Arrived in Harbin this evening and had Dinner with Burley and two of his friends. We went to a traditional popular Harbin Restaurant.
The title of the selection was "Killing the pig" and the single dishes were

- blood sausages
- boiled pig head meat
- A soup with cabbage and bacon
- small intestine with green peppers
- mushrooms and eggs
- Fried sticks of Cornbread

Online Again!

After quite some time is online again. (Grazie Antonella!!). I was telling in my offline message that the side had been hacked. Well, this was exaggerated. First I had discovered that links behing pictures had been changed, then I found strange words in my vocabularies. I opened the site as "anonymous user" and found that all public posts could not only be viewed, but also be edited. I was horror-stricken and thought about a severe hacking. I put the site offline. I did not find the reason for what happened. Antonella did.


One corner stone of the Chinese foreing policy is the principle of Non-Interference into the internal affairs of another country. If another government slaughter a minority, violates human rights, oppresses women, all this should not matter for the relationships between countries. Only the United Nations, if in unison should have the right to intervene. As getting an unison decision from the UN is difficult today and will become nearly impossible tomorrow, the cementation of national inviolability will become very strong.

First Performance as Guest Chef

Last Thursday I had my first performance as guest chef in a restaurant. The picture shows me with my daughter and her friends.

The occasion was the 17th birthday of Matilde, which she celebrated together with the 17th birthday of a friend Claudio (on the right) in the Restaurant "La Formica e la Cicala" in Via Urbana in Monti. Andrea, the owner of the restaurant is our friend and so I could join the colleagues from Bangla Desh in the kitchen that night. The menu was:


In Germany High School Students and University students are on strike. Well, some of them. At the moment it really does not look like a mass movement :-).
Reasons: what I got from the radio stations, the university students are protesting against the introduction of university fees and against the "Bologna Reforms" which introduced the split of German University curricula into Bachelor and Master Courses. The High School Students are protesting against too big classes and the shortening of the secondary schooling from 9 years to 8 years.

Der Goldene Hahn

I don't like it, if in a Restaurant they deliver me the invoice before I did ask for it. I feel like being thrown out. And so I felt when the waitress brought me the invoice when I just had taken the last sip from my wine. Presumably they were irritated seeing me dining with note block and camera.