Although a large majority of Ann Arbor citizens in an united act of trying to make me comfortable give their best to cool the weather down by ramping the air conditioning up all the way until you have to leave cafés regularly to melt down the ice between your toes, it’s still really warm here. As in 35°C-in-the-shadow warm.
People haven’t changed. I’ve been working in cafés the last two weeks, because they still haven’t figured out where to put me, and employees that have told me their names and asked for mine – usually accompanied by a handshake – are Shelby, Joey, Ali, Achmed, Ally and Stephanie. And we’re talking about different places now. It’s a good city to live in.
When I was looking for a computer to run my models on, an IT person wrote me an email that he might have a solution for me. He’s not even ‘responsible’ for me, seeing that he works in the maths department. But he spent over 3 hours with me, setting up a linux computer in the basement, installing the software I need, and figuring out a way that I can remotely access that computer from my laptop. Staff is amazing and very helpful here. They’re doing it for the university. And if you’re part of it, they are eager to help you.
A busdriver dropped me off in front of my house yesterday. “This isn’t really a stop, you know. But noone needs to know. Take care now!”
I have a bike, and friends with cars. A colleague borrowed me some furniture, and my flatmate will return from Ethiopia in less than a month. Then we’ll properly furnish the place.
Pictures following soon. Today was the first day since I arrived I didn’t work, so I just didn’t find the time yet.