in the Black Forest
InWEnt organises a workshop in a timbered-cabin
March 12th 2004 -12:40:
public train is leaving Freiburg main station. On
board: 17 Africans with 17 notebooks and the same
destination. Nope, the destination is not a computer
oasis in the hot, dry desert sand. The epic voyage
will end in a cabin on Mount Belchen in the Black
be bemused. Some other readers might be asking themselves
the same question: What the hell is this African group
intending to do
in the snowy southern German
woods? The very simple but inconvenient answer is
- a computer workshop in an unusual manner.
at "Wiedener Eck" is the so-called "Rheinfelder
Hütte" which has been transformed into a
computer base-camp. Power- and patch cables all over.
The extraordinary highlight: Free TDSL-highspeed online
access via satellite provided by Mr. Bernd Grunwald,
CEO of T-Business Freiburg.
As we all know, an IT specialist without internet
connection reminds of a snowman in the rain: After
a while it will begin to collapse.
the hell is 19,2° south?"
initiators of this
classroom , Hans-Peter Merkel and Carlos Zárate
did a great job. They created a platform that assured
effective working. Accordingly, the time schedule
was voluminous (have a look at the schedule on the
right side). Once again, the theory of pedagogues
was corroborated: it's easier to lern in a
relaxing and convenient atmosphere.
The IT@AB04 students collaborated highly motivated
and dedicated. The instructors Hans-Peter Merkel and
Markus Schäffauer were entirely satisfacted:
"It was a great pleasure doing this workshop.
Markus and I were able to examine all topis. Definately
due to the great co-operation with all participants.
To make it short: The workshop was a great success."
That's not only Hans-Peter Merkels position.
InWENT, IT@AB04's lead management can roundly ensure
Let's get ready
it is said: Business before pleasure. And the pleasure
part in a cabin in the Black Forest can not be missed
out, of course. The combination of snow, sledges and
mountains was predestinated for a glissade. For Africa
is not well-known for icy winters at all, sledging
recieved its premiere: Daredeviled Africans on hot
sledges. The legendary bob-team "Jamaika"
saluted with well-engineered sledge technics. Now
and them a snow-wall had to act as a chock block.
But keep cool: All parties concerned are safe and
sound. Even the sledges might be used again for the
in for sports is exhausting, so cabin occupants needed
refreshment. This has been in the form of a typically
African buffet. Nshima,
Ifisashi, Kapenta oder Sweet Potatoes - another
type of kickshaw and also instructional for one or
the other cabin occupant who did not yet try the Afrcan
cuisine: Baked-beans can be really hot. Eating it
up one should always prepare a glass of water (or
is no such thing as a free lunch
(to dance for joy
is a German flowery phrase. However, many cultures
express themselves by dancing. Cabin occupants took
much pleasure in the "African-Dance". The
much-lauded rumor of the African feeling for rhythm
was confirmed imposingly once again. Not to mention
"The voice" Margaret breaking into song.
Goose-skin mood filled the room when she presented
"I will always love you". Everybody agreed:
"Who the hell is Whitney Houston?"
that was not yet the whole music part. What comes
out when mixing
a computer and a beamer? Correct, it's a karaoke
machine. Turning it on, searching Draffi Deutscher
and Peter Maffay in the archive and soon the African
Boys Choir began to belt out "Über sieben
Brücken musst du geh'n", practised in their
German Training. See, even the "German Country"
hits weren't missed out.
proof that too many cooks do not always spoil the
for such an abode is of course a "Hüttenmutter"
who cares for the group's health and needs. An acclamation
to Gilla Merkel for the adequate supply all around.
Not to mention the "helping hands"
Thomas Kümmerle, Jennifer Merkel, Alex and Juri Lüth,
the Zárate and Schäffauer families. Felix Ségura,
discoverer of 19,2° South for the satellite was
given a big hand - without him there would have been
no Internet connection.
the end the mountain rescue service in the form of
snowmobile driver Johannes should be mentioned as
well. Please don't be in for a shock. He did not arrive
for rescue but was a great help in transporting the
luggage through the snowy forest. This spared the
oppressed participants dragging the bags up the mountain.
March 14th 2004 - 14:36: 17 Africans with 17 notebooks enter another public
transit bus. Their luggage: A lot of new knowledge and the cognition:
The Black Forest is the perfect environment for a
workshop. With a lot of business, but also a lot of
[Written by Tobias