Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

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The Mountain Park at Louseberg

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


At I.G.I. Airport New Delhi

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!


A view of Germany from heights

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.



Lousberg lying in the centre of Aachen city

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.


A model showing ancient engineering

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.




View from “King Baudouin Tower” at the Three Country Point

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”.


Pillar at the 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.


Journey over the Sky….. The beginning

skyIt was banal but pleasant morning when I and my roommate Abhay were sipping tea at our terrace when our ears were deafened by the sound of the roaring plane above our apartment which was about to land in the Patna Airport. It was a constant reminder to me that I haven’t travelled abroad. I said “Abhi tak nahi gaya hu yar” (I haven’t travelled abroad yet) and he assured me saying “you will definitely go”. Believe it or not, in the same week my eyes gleamed to see a notice at our college stating an opportunity to go to Germany for a funded research internship. I never wanted to slip this chance so I knuckled down and submitted all the documents the same day, required for screening and selection of the students. A week after, which almost felt like years of waiting, I received a mail from Hemant Wakode. My heart started pounding heavily in joy and ecstasy to see the invitation letter to Aachen. Read more »

A new beginning


Travelling has always amused me and somehow the opportunity to visit Germany gave me a reason to explore a lot more about myself. 14th June 2014 was my first step in the real world. All the anticipation and the excitement in those 8 hours of flight towards Germany is still prominent somewhere inside of me. From Frankfurt to Aachen and then to my sister’s place, my eyes were amazed with the beauty around. Every little detail of the place made my eyes glitter. I wanted to explore. And as the time passed, things started to become familiar. The roads, the rules, the language, the food, the management system, nothing seemed strange anymore. I made friends and even though i knew i’ll be leaving in 2 months, the familiarity and the way people welcomed me warmly, i got attatched to the details of the city. Read more »

Dream comes true!!!


Since my childhood days, I have many dreams and paying a visit in any western countries was one of them. I just keep on dreaming but believe in myself that one day before I die I will surely achieve it. After taking admission in NIT Rourkela, India I still keep dreaming; since than I usually used to shear or often talked about my dream with my supervisor (Dr Ramakar Jha) or with my friends; than he advice me that to go abroad you should have a passport; do you have it? Which I don’t have at that time; than I thought at least I should have a passport whether in my life It will be useful or not, than I had start the process of making a passport.     Read more »

Extreme weather conditions in 2013 in India and Germany

Aachen covered in snow

Few days ago, I visited India for some work and holidays. I left Aachen on 14th of February and planned to return back on 14th of March considering my work and holiday plan. I had a simple plan that I will be able to finish my work in India before the real Indian hot summer will start and also, I can escape from the cold in Aachen for few days. When I left Aachen it was cold as usual with temperature during day near about 5 degree Celsius and in night close to 1-2 degree Celsius. But this year, the weather really surprised me in both countries.
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