Noting that it was her first day giving tours to visitors, new tour guide at German Climate Computing Center Victoria Gyde reported being stuck giving a tour to the spouses of leaders at the G20 summit. Attendees included German chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip May, French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump (his wife Melania was unable to attend due to protestors). Seeing how powerful and influential this group of people were, Gyde nervously stumbled through the research center trying her best to remember her cue cards and answer the group’s questions to the best of her ability.
“I had applied to work at three climate computing centers, but I always felt the most at home here,” Gyde explained to the group around 12:43PM. “It’s got the perfect balance of academic focus, research opportunities, location, and friendly people. Plus, we even have a quidditch team!”
When asked about the party scene at the German Climate Computing Center, Gyde explained that “with a group of academically driven and intellectual people like ourselves, we’d like to think that our work is our top priority.” She added that they occasionally break out some bratwursts and Budweisers, but it really isn’t anything to be concerned about. Really.
Some spouses brought up, out of curiosity, that in some countries, governments were trying to help coal miners look for new work as other energy sources become safer and cheaper. They also mentioned that some countries were downsizing their militaries, meaning they needed new jobs for laid off military officials as well. Gyde contemplated how many jobs could open up at the German Climate Computing Center before proudly declaring, “We have offerings for over 100 majors and over 200 miners!”
“The German Climate Computing Center is more than just a place to learn and do research,” Gyde said at the end of the tour. “It’s a home. Everyone here is part of the German Climate Computing Center family. We all form really close bonds with everyone on our floor, we even stop to say hi as we walk past each other’s work stations. I’m sure you have lots more climate computing centers left to tour, but I hope you remember this one. It’s truly changed my life, and I don’t know who or where I would be without it.”
Despite Gyde’s valiant effort and amazing tour, especially as a first-timer, the spouses reported unanimous disappointment due to the length of the walk to the nearest Starbucks.