A Memorable Journey from Curry to Bratwurst

Anjana from India, Summer Semester 2023

Imagine this: a small-town Indian student, born and raised in Kerala, takes a leap of faith and boards a plane for the very first time. That was me, embarking on the most incredible journey of my life as an Erasmus student in Germany. It's hard to put into words the mix of excitement and nerves that overwhelmed me. Little did I know that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity would open doors to a world of breathtaking experiences and unforgettable moments. Embarking on an exchange semester as an Erasmus student from India has been an unforgettable adventure, allowing me to explore new horizons and experience a world beyond my comfort zone. Little did I know that this experience would shape my perspective and create lifelong memories.


Remagen, nestled along the serene Rhine River, quickly became my sanctuary. Its peaceful atmosphere and the joy of taking evening walks along the riverside filled my heart with contentment. What was once foreign and unfamiliar soon transformed into a place that felt like home. The beauty of Remagen and the tranquility it offered provided a sense of belonging that I had never experienced before. However, my journey did not end in Remagen. I seized the opportunity to explore beyond borders, venturing into nine countries until now. From the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland to the charming canals of the Netherlands, each destination offered unique rewards and humbled me in immeasurable ways. I marveled at the historical wonders of Belgium, immersed myself in Italy's rich heritage, and was captivated by Luxembourg's enchanting beauty. France's vibrant cities, Austria's captivating landscapes, Hungary's cultural treasures, and Slovakia's hidden gems further expanded my horizons. As the first member of my family to travel outside India and witness such a multitude of places, I am filled with gratitude. This journey has not only broadened my horizons but also allowed me to appreciate the world's diversity and the beauty it holds.


Beyond the thrill of exploration, my university internship at RheinAhrCampus brought a whole new dimension, adding another layer of richness to my experience. Working alongside a diverse group of individuals from different countries, I realized the power of collaboration. This opportunity not only enhanced my understanding of various cultures but also equipped me with essential skills for our interconnected world. Working with an international team has been like dancing to a harmonious melody, where people from different backgrounds join forces and create something truly extraordinary. This journey has taught me the power of unity, the beauty of collaboration, and the importance of embracing our differences. It's a lesson that I will carry with me throughout my life. The experiences and connections made during this internship have become invaluable assets for my personal and professional growth.


My student exchange experience from India to Germany has been a profound voyage of self-discovery, cultural immersion, and personal growth. It has allowed me to transcend geographical boundaries, embrace diversity, and appreciate the beauty of the world we inhabit. I am forever grateful for the transformative impact it has had on my life, leaving an imprint that will guide me for years to come. This exchange semester will forever hold a special place in my heart as a testament to the power of international education and the lifelong memories it creates.