Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

On Wednesday 19th 2014 the second annual World Toilet Day was celebrated. It is backed by the United Nations and intends to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people worldwide who still don’t have access to improved sanitation services. Read more »

My Taekwondo-class experience in Hyderabad

Here I am now, in Hyderabad, the 4th largest city in India with a population of around 7 million inhabitants. It is so crowded, the streets full of rickshaws and motorbikes – it is plainly impressive. Actually it is my 2nd India visit, after I went to Rajasthan last year with my girlfriend.

At the moment I am working with my fellow student Lyla Naser on a project with the topic “Interaction between Urbanization & Water Resources Management”. Our main intention is to get data from residents by interviews referring to water supply and usage. Nearly after 4 weeks I was able to gain many insights, like how the people live, what (and especially how 🙂 ) they eat or what they do in their free time. I decided to go further and wanted to see, how young people spend their free time. So short time later I stood barefoot on a clay court (impossible for german standards to practice barefoot on painful coarse soil like that – but why not?) – taking part at a so called “Taekwondo class” with a bunch of locals. Not considering the giant blisters, I was confronted with after the training, it was all in all a great experience. But let’s start with the beginning: … Read more »

Happy Diwali – The Festival of Lights

The time of Diwali is the most festive and beautiful time of the year in India. So it was very interesting for me to witness this most imported festival for Hindus. The festival extends over a five day period and is celebrated in autumn ever year, when weather begins to turn cold. The main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of autumn and so this year the date of Diwali falls on October 23. But why the people celebrate this festival? Read more »