I am Shweta Kumari from N.I.T. Patna. I am in the 3rd semester of M.Tech degree course. I have been awarded the opportunity to visit Aachen and do my internship there for two months in RWTH Aachen University under the guidance of Dr. Klaus Baier and Prof. Rafiq Azam. I am very thankful to Prof. Vivekanand Singh Sir and Prof. Ramakar Jha Sir for their help and guidance. I was very happy and excited as it was my first visit to a foreign land.
I boarded my flight from I.G.I. airport , New Delhi at 3 a.m. and reached Frankfurt in morning at 8 a.m. It was a long journey from India to Franfurt but I was happy and had been enjoying the outside view and flight facilities
during my journey. From Frankfurt I took the connecting flight to Dusseldorf. After half an hour I reached Dusseldorf airport. It was quite big and the aeroplanes were being unloaded there. I received my baggage and came out of the airport .I met Hemant Sir there. It was really very nice of him that he came to receive me inspite of being busy. I was very happy and we have taken the train from Dusseldorf airport to reach Aachen. After a journey of an hour we reached Aachen.
AS I stepped down in Aachen I felt like “wow finally I am in Aachen” and now the journey begins. “Oh my god!
flowers and flowers all around” it was my first reaction. It looked like they were welcoming me in Aachen. I was mesmerized by the beauty of Aachen. The historic and beautiful Aachen! I loved it. It is a nice well planned and modern city . A city with proper traffic and transportation systems, clean streets, lots of students, cathedral, lots of flowers and greenery . For me it was all new watching maximum number of persons from all age groups bicycling and walking to reach their places. The drainage system of Aachen is also very good as I have seen that inspite of raining for hours there was not a single waterlogged place here. My project is related with urbanization and water management that’s why I had been observing these things very minutely.
In Aachen there are large apartments everywhere , in which hundreds of student live and all are provided with separate rooms . They have placed everything of need in a small area including refrigerator in kitchen etc. After staying almost two weeks in Aachen I realized that the Germans are very helpful , laborious and punctual by nature. In Germany the Sun sets at 10:00 p.m. and the Indian time is three and half hours ahead of German time. This caused a lot of problems during initial days for me. According to my body clock I used to sleep at 7 p.m. (G.S.T.). I would wait for the Sun to set but I used to go to sleep everyday before sunset and used to wake up at 3 a.m.(G.S.T.). But everything is normal now.
The food habits of both the countries are very different . In India we have spicy foods but it is different here. Their way of cooking is different. I have tasted many dishes here and I love “Falafel” the most.
I have been to many places here in Aachen like Rat hause, Aachen theatre, West park, Aachen Cathederal, Ponttor,Three country point , Puppenbrunnen etc. All these monuments are master pieces of ancient art and looks like telling stories of Aachen’s glorious history. Ponttor is the place from where the enemies entered into Germany at the time of the second world war .The sculptures carved on the walls of Rathause are amazing. Out of all these places I like “THREE COUNTRY POINT “ the most.
It is located on Vaalserberg i.e. Mount of vaals. At the three country point the borders of three countries namely Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet .A small stone pillar is constructed at the meeting point. It is a very interesting place. There are large number of shops in which varieties of German food and ice-creams can be enjoyed. A huge tower named “King Baudouin Tower” is also located beside the Three Country Point. There is a concrete roof on the top of the tower from where you can see the beautiful landscapes of the three countries at the same time. One can use lift or stairs to reach the top. We reached the border of Germany by bus from Aachen Bushof and from there we walked to reach “Three Country Point”.
Lots of thanks to the soul of this journey my father and my family whose support and efforts made it all happen. I am also very thankful to Hemant Sir and Manish Sir for their help and support in Aachen. Lot more to explore ………… I am on my way.