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waves from paradise

posted Aug 21, 2009, 7:20 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

Ciaooo, we thought it is time to give you a little update on how we are doing here.
So on July 29th Manu and me started hitching too early in the morning to Oberhausen, happily visited my mum for 2 days until she was nice enough to take us out of that difficult Ruhrgebiet-area to a gas station behind Köln. From there we continued our way to Italy. It was great, the weather was with us all of these days, we had wonderful people helping us on the way and had many new and interesting experiences.
Now having been here for 3 weeks I can say I'm happy, sunburned, well-fed, tanned and dying in this heat :D
We are flying out in the evening of Septmeber 8th and visit you soon afterwards!

And here some pictures to make you jealous ;)

On the way:


In Livorno:

Latest trip to Cinque Terre (yes we were swimming in that water :) )

financial overview

posted Jun 19, 2009, 6:25 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jun 19, 2009, 7:18 AM ]

Ok, this is me again with funny money issues :)

1) I just got a letter from the Hausverwaltung saying that our rent account is 250 € short because I missunderstood something. When I registered Tau, Daan, Chris, Lucian and Clayton as official subrenters of the flat they told me that that subletting the place leads to some kind of fee we have to pay. I thought this was already included in the amount of rent because they knew that I was going to sublet the place and they knew we would be 6 people there officially. Apparently I was wrong and the actual amount of warm rent we have to transfer them every month is 1312,66 €, so 50 € more.
I will first, to cover the Hausverwaltung's rent account, transfer the money from our Water-Electricity-Internet-Collection account so we are fine in front of the authorities. But we have to replace that since this money is destined for bills in the end of the year (view my previous log entry).
Any volunteers to collect that from people? My donation will be 40 Euros. Please follow.
Thanks and sorry!

I got another letter about the water accident the other day. They will send us bills for drying the floor/ceiling, an electrician testing if there are any problems caused by the water running down from our flat to the neighbours downstairs and a painter covering the damage caused. Expect quite high numbers.

3) In the meeting yesterday we agreed on calculating exactly how much money we payed every month so far and balancing with up to now colected donations to cover the final water and electricity bills. I looked in the account to check the amounts that came in every month. I already substracted the 50 Euros for the Internet bill from those numbers since we payed those already every month.
According to what I calculated our consumption of water and electricity for every month is ca. 490 €
We payed in
February: 287,67 €
March: 280,00 € (telefonebill was almost 8 €, all other months no telefone-use)
April: 287,67 €
May: 467,67 €
June: 250 €

That means we are 625 € short for utilities!!!

or actually 875 € short in total since, like I explained above, we have to balance the official rent account, too.

How many donations do we have???

In that account I have:
100 € of donations

and 100 € that are destined for buying a new sink

What we consume: electricity and water for the project

posted May 25, 2009, 3:48 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

Ok, here I will try to track how much electricity and water we use (used so far) and how much we should pay for that. We can either calculate the whole amount for the year and start collencting it with donations etc as soon as we can or read the counters every month and pay exactly the amount we consumed the month before. I personally prefer the first option.


Ok, we have been using the Grundversorgungsstromtarif (basic default tarif) of Vattenfall that is 18,92 Cent/kWh
As soon as possible (I'm now actively working on it - I should get mail at some point, inform me please) we will switch to the Sunpower tarif that I already made a general log in february about. That one will be 16,45 Cent/kWh, so quite a lot cheaper and 100% renewable energy.

Our electricity contract started one month after we moved in since there was some arrangement with the previous Hauptmieter about that. We didn't pay electricity in February and he didn't buy a new kitchen sink although he was supposed to. Deal.
So the counter on the 1st of March 2009 was on 90646 kWh
On the 13th of May it was on 94213 kWh
= that means in two and a half months we used 3567 kWh * 0.1892 € = 674,88 € ; so per month 269,95 €

We should seriously consider ways of saving energy. And until we succeed in that, we have to pay.

//Note: These numbers also include drying the walls after the exploded water boiler. We got a letter from the Hausverwaltung about how much electricity they used for that. We have to give it to Vattenfall because we don't have to pay for that. I will look it up next time I'm at the Caravan and correct this. But that doesn't work as an excuse, it won't make a big differnece!


The standart water price for us (without a way of changing it I think) is 4,724 €/m³ (Euro per cubic metre). This number consists of 2,181 €/m³ for using water and 2,543 €/m³ for cleaning the same amount again.

I don't know any exact numbers (hope I can find out) of how much we used since we moved in but I remember we kept track on that for a while and figured that
we use about 1,5 m³ of water = 7,086 € per day = ca. 220 € per month

Adding this to our rent that is
1262,33 € warm
   49,95 € Internet
  269,95 € electricity
  220,00 € water
= 1802,23 € that the project costs every month so far

(it will be a little less since sunpower will be cheaper but due to flexible parametres that number should remain every month's goal)

Week Apr 27 - May 3rd

posted Apr 26, 2009, 6:12 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

Ok, let's retry this habit :)

This week I want to

- get everyone's rent money and transfer

- organize the trash-system in the prject (make signs, have steady places for things)

- answer the letter I got from the Hausverwaltung

- send my GEZ stuff back (copy BAFöG and other stuff - I don't have to pay god damn it! :D )

- write Sascha: he still owns us 300 Euros and I'm sick of his useless stuff that is polluting our place for nothing

- ride my bike where ever I can

- spend more time outside in this beautiful weather

- study hard, especially Mechanik and prepare lab again for Tuesday next week (Wärmeleitung)

- finally prepare my world map (put the collected cardboard behind) and find a place to put it on the wall :)

- clean, organize my stuff

- retake my personal challenge, the reason why I live in the project: trying to spend more time living instead of wasting it on stressing myself

Week log 12.01. - let's see

posted Jan 13, 2009, 3:31 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

this week and probalbly the following weeks I will just try to work on my time efficiancy issue as I have many exams that I need to study for, people I still want to see regularly, things I want to do regularly like
- swimming
- juggling in that hall Daan told me about on Monday nights
- participating in every Sunday's Scherer8-Brunch (for the 19. I want to try that vegan cake of which I got the recepy last time for example)

Week log 05.01. - 11.01.2009

posted Jan 5, 2009, 2:22 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jan 13, 2009, 3:32 PM ]

Studying, this week: catching up in "Mechanik" and preparing next Tuesday's exam for the technical drawing
Mechanik failed quite... but I think I successfully managed the exam thing, I was done after half of the time - let's see about the result

Getting the last needed paper for the rent contract and handing all the documents in - let's hope everything goes fine...at least this time...
handed all the documents in but the responsible person is sick this week... we are waiting...

Having my first Finnish Tandem probably on Saturday and being not too shy to talk and ask as much as I can
also my Tandem partner was sick so this is postponed to the next week

Updating my CouchSurfing profile as it is totally not actual anymore in some sections
done :)

Go to the swimmingpool twice at some point this week
nope, not at all unfortunately, but I went to get a massage which I planned for a long time, at least for the relax-meditation-part of it

Spend less wasted time and stop saying I don't have enough when it's just my own lazyness that keeps me away from doing things I want to do (ongoing for the whole year/future)
let's say I'm slowly working on that but I'm far away from being perfectly efficient

Christmas- / New Year - week log

posted Dec 30, 2008, 6:09 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jan 5, 2009, 2:22 AM ]

Last week:
I spend christmas in Poland - it was very nice to see all my family members again because the last time I was there was about 5 year ago. Although it was also a bit of a culture shock because i don't really speak Polish, and nobody else spoke English or German... so I spent most of the time being quite silent. But I re-activated a lot of the language just by listening all the time. I knew I would but the amount was still astonishing. Anyway I was the happiest girl in the world when I came back to Berlin to enjoy all these beloved and so open minded people :o)

Next week (rest of this week as it is already Tuesday...):
Finally visit people at the Berlin Winter Camp as for some weird unknown reason I bought a ticket ^^ (Completed, I spend one nice evening there and took finally part in a free hugs campagne :) )
Kicking my stepdad's ass to get his f*%&§#" Schufa statetment so we can finally get the contract for this flat and sign it (Got it but still waiting for one last paper...)
Keep studying stuff for my upcoming university exams after the holidays. This week focus on "Grundlagen Theatertechnik" (Well... I did something... a little... until about Tuesday...)
Going to Scherer8 to help preparing the brunch - maybe trying the thai red-currypaste-sauce recepy I learnt yesterday (Yeah, we helped and made a salad and a banana-sauce-dessert)
Have a great New Years Party with a lot of awesome people! (Yeah² it was awesome, thanks a lot everybody!!!)

Move completed

posted Dec 15, 2008, 12:24 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

Yesterday I finally completed my move from the Big Pink House which makes me feel really happy because now the carrying-heavy-stuff-through-the-city thing came to an end. I started to be quite sick of it anyway. Now I have everything here together (except maybe some single small pieces... hm writing that now I remeber the I(-coffee) POD...) and I even managed to get at least some sort of order in everything. My mother even send us some kitchen stuff that she doesn't need and tha tmight me usefull for us. Ok, it's too much like always when (my) parents send me things but hey, who minds a good knife, pan etc.? :o)

So after all these moving- and flat-/furniture-issues last week I can or should start to focus on my upcoming exam period from now on!

More furniture!!!

posted Dec 12, 2008, 10:21 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

The mission goes on. Today I got 2 nice chairs for our still quite unlivable kitchen for free from kijiji. If we get another table or reorganize the one we have by getting another shelf or just cleaning things up the situation there will already look a lot better. Especially after I'll go again tomorrow to get a shelf I found on freecycling. Let's see if it goes to our room or the kitchen. Or if she needs it even to Lola's room as she will move in tomorrow I think *welcome!!!!!* :)
The only bad thing is that I already have sore muscles from carrying heavy things through whole Berlin and up to the 4th floor here - but it feels good anyway :)


posted Dec 10, 2008, 12:58 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net

Woooooow, ok so today I had a bit of a shopping trip due to chaos issues in our room :D
So Manuel and me went out searching for a hardware store to get a clotheshorse and then to a famous Swedish furniture dealer in order to get a bookshelf and another sort of textile stuff thing (don't ask, come and tell me how that's called ^^) which we/I carried through the whole city and then with the help of Lucian to our great apartment in the 4th floor *puh* Ok, it's not appreciated by my lovely room mate (ciaooo *hihi*) but I'm happy to be able to get some order inside of here after living basically out of my bags/suitcases for three and a half months now. Perhaps I can even get another shelf (or whatever else) for free from kijiji, let's see if and when I can get it.

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