After what has been perhaps the busiest day of my internship, I am calling it quits for the week and heading to Berlin for the final conference of my program. The break will be welcome, as not only today but also most of the past two weeks have wholly consumed many in my office as we prepare to send off a political and business delegation to the USA next week. So busy were we—and so crucial was I, it seems— that my boss tinkered with the idea of excusing me the conference due to “sickness.” One of the more time-consuming tasks was translating about 50 pages of speeches for the minister of economics of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. One element present in two of his speeches makes for a funny intercultural story that I hope to share on the blog when I return.
Until then, however, I’m going to Berlin.