火曜日, 10月 29

FDI, Frankfurt, and the Future: 外国直接投資、フランクフルト、未来

Last weekend, I traveled to Frankfurt to see my law school compete in the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Arbitration Competition; however, I only barely made it there. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a partner at a firm in Amsterdam.  The meeting seemed to go well, so I emailed my professor for some advice and additional materials on commercial arbitration.  He responded with a few things to read and wrote, "see you this week in Germany."  I thought that the competition was this week, November 1st.  I checked online and sure enough, the competition was October 23-26.  I got permission to take time off from work, bought train tickets, and found an inexpensive hostel to stay at.  It all seemed to work out.  On Wednesday, I took my suitcase to work in anticipation of leaving for Germany immediately after work, but around 10:00 a.m. I got an email from the firm asking for me to come on Thursday.  At the same time, I was ecstatic about the invitation but worried about changing all of my travel plans.  With some help from my work colleagues, I changed my ticket and notified the hostel.  After work, I lugged my suitcase back to the castle and prepared to go back to Amsterdam.  The meeting in Amsterdam seemed to go well, but one never knows about how these things actually go.


Afterward, I boarded the train from Utrecht.  It was a pleasant ride down to Frankfurt.  Once at my destination, I soon realized that my hostel was in the red-light district of Frankfurt.  On top of that, the hostel looked more like a sketchy club.  The room was quite noisy as well with people coming and going at all hours of the night.  The internet at the hostel was also unbelievably slow.  I had difficulty even checking my email.  I was able to get enough intermittent signal to message my wife and some friends.  My friend who took over my old apartment contacted me to let me know that I PASSED the Massachusetts Bar Exam!  I was so excited!  I contacted my family and friends!  Even though it was nearly 2:00 a.m. I could not sleep at all.


The next day, I went to the competition to see my classmates compete.  I also had the opportunity to speak with my professors.  The team did great!  They delivered some excellent arguments and seemed to outmatch their competition.  Unfortunately, they did not advance to the next round.  Afterward, we all met up at a German restaurant.  It was very good, especially the sausages and sauerkraut.  We had a lot of fun.


The next day, I returned to The Hague.  Now I am trying to brace myself as I await the results of the New York Bar Exam.


土曜日, 10月 19

自転車 - Bicycle

This post was supposed to be a bit different.  I was planning to write about my bicycle and how nice it was to have; unfortunately, it was stolen last night.  Even though it was locked, someone took it while I was having dinner with my coworkers.  It is a shame, and it may result in paying for the lost bike.  Evidently, it is a rite of passage here.  Nonetheless, when I had a bike, it was awesome. On Tuesday we had the day off for Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, so I took the bike for a ride.  I was trying to go to the Japanese garden to see the fall foliage, but got a bit lost and ended up in the dunes north of town.  It was a bit cold and drizzly, but the rain held off for the most part.  I also came upon some kind of water treatment plant and monastery.  It was nice to get outside and get some exercise.

このポストのテーマが違うになっていた。私の予定は私の自転車の吸って、それは便利とか。不運にも、昨日の夜に私の自転車が盗まれた。ロックちゃんと閉まっていたのに、同僚と一緒に晩御飯を食べながら誰か私の自転車を盗んだ。超残念。私は新しい自転車を買うかもしれない。明らかにオランダで通過儀礼です。それのにかかわらず、自転車を持っていた時はすごいだった。今週の火曜日にEid al-Adhaの為に休日があった。その日はイスラムの祭日です。そして、ちょっと自転車を乗った。紅葉を見るの為に和風庭に行ってみていたけど、ちょっと道を迷った。砂丘を見付けた。少し寒いと霧雨だけど、雨降らなかった。なんか水処理設備と修道院もみつけた。外で運転した良かった。

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火曜日, 10月 8

少し食べ物 - A Little Food

 Recently, I have been trying some different things at the local grocery store, Albert Heijn.  I am not a big cheese eater.  In fact, I try to not eat very much cheese because it is so unhealthy.  Nonetheless, I feel like since I am living in Europe, I should at least try some cheeses.  The cheese to the left is simply called "mature cheese", but the best one thus far was "old Amsterdam cheese".  It is a type of Gouda.  If you can find it in your local supermarket, I recommend it.  I have been enjoying another European snack called stroopwafel.  It is a caramel waffle snack and quite addicting.

最近、Albert Heijnという現地なスーパーで色々な事を食べてみていった。私はチーズあまり食べない。実は私は栄養が悪いから。それのに、ヨーロッパに住んでいるから、チーズを食べてみる。上に「熟成したチーズ」というチーズけど、食べてみた一番好きなチーズは「元アムステルダムチーズ」だ。結構美味しい。ハウダのタイプです。もし、見付かれたら、おススメだよ。もう一つヨーロッパなお菓子を食べてみていた。「stroopwafel」という。キャラメルワッフルです。実はこのお菓子はかなり中毒です。

This week my coworkers and I had to work late this week, so when we finished our assignment on Friday, we treated ourselves to some time at the beach.  It was a good way to end the week.


Scheveningen Beach (ビーチ)

Scheveningen Pier (桟橋)