Hamburg and Copenhagen: A trip on rail, road, sea and air

Hamburg and Copenhagen: A trip on rail, road, sea and air

Covering 600+ kilometers in Germany in a spacious, comfortable private railway cabin at just 30 Euros and arriving perfectly on time at the destination requires luck. Favorable turn of events made this experience a reality when I took the NightJet NJ40470 train operated by the Austrian Railways (ÖBB - Österreichische Bundesbahnen) from Karlsruhe to Hamburg (https://rail.cc/en/night-train/zurich-hamburg-nj-40470/500). The 6-seater cabin I was allotted had hardly any occupants and I could stretch my legs on the recliner seats for a comfortable nap in the climate-controlled cabin. A sleeper cabin (incl. breakfast) in these NightJet trains readily costs around 100 Euros, even if booked 3-4 months in advance.   Starting the trip with the usual free walking tour (https://www.neweuropetours.eu/), I got to know that Hamburg (supposedly deriving its name from  'Hammaburg' roughly meaning 'Castle on the rivers', as the Elbe and Alster rivers flow here) has a long history of tax-free sea trade, culminating in its today's status of being a gateway to Germany. More Vegan/Vegetarian options at Restaurants and cheaper public transport options are noteworthy. The city...
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From Deutschland to the capital of the Dutch Land

From Deutschland to the capital of the Dutch Land

One of the many benefits of a public holiday falling on a Wednesday is that the week ends as soon as it begins. The German Reunification Day on October 3rd this year was one such instance allowing a 5-day weekend (of course only after taking 2 days off at work). Planning one's own vacation Taking cue from past experiences of friends, my friend and I did our travel and stay bookings 3-4 months in advance. A bit conservative, but was worth the efforts for an economical yet relaxing vacation. At under 70 Euros/person, the room was cozy with the amenities adequate for the short stay (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20822949). The super organized host made the stay that much more pleasant. The Flixbus round trip too was a reasonable 70-80 Euros, with direct connections & travel duration of 8-9 hours in each direction with minimal or no delays (One should always thank one's lucky stars if the Flixbus connections are punctual !) First Impressions Shortly after crossing the borders, 6/8/10-lane highway roads with green fields on either side welcomed us...
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Walking Tour – An experience for free and a glimpse of my three

Walking Tour – An experience for free and a glimpse of my three

The cost of public transportation in many major European cities, can very quickly empty one's pockets. So, if you are someone looking to explore the cities of Europe, and keen to do so with minimal expenses (typically students), then Free walking tours can be very handy. Usually an extensive narration of the city's history along with a tour of the key landmarks, these walking tours save one the trouble of having to plan quite extensively yet explore a lot. My first experience of a free walking tour was at Strassbourg, a city in the eastern part of France (called the Alsace Region). Located not far from the Rhine river which separates the German-French border, one can arrive here from Germany by train (typically French high-speed TGVs or the German ICEs/ICs) as well as by intercity bus services from operators such as FlixBus. The city has repeatedly come under German rule in the past and the effects of this is quite noticeable. Owing to this and the European Union's relaxed border controls, it would be no surprise if one momentarily forgets being...
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Fahrzeug, Feast and Friends at Frankfurt

Fahrzeug, Feast and Friends at Frankfurt

In the Land that's renowned for it's invention of the motorized transportation and Automobile brands, it was exciting to personally visit, along with friends, the International Motor Show (German: IAA - Internationale Automobil Ausstellung) at Frankfurt in September this year. It was a 2-day trip with the major chunk of Day 1 at the Motor Show. For those of you who have heard/read little about it, the Motor Show puts on display the Passenger vehicles in the odd years at Frankfurt while the even years focus on Commercial vehicles (at Hannover). With personal mobility seemingly at crossroads with the buzz about 'self-driving vehicles' and 'alternate energy sources' stronger than ever before, the Motor Show this year was much different than in the past decades. I leave the task of enlightening the reader more about the IAA to Google. Just for the record, my friends and I personally participated as passengers in a free demo from Bosch for the Automated Emergency Braking that work's on stereo camera based setup (related clip below). There was another demo from Continental...
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Wohnungssuche in Germany

Wohnungssuche in Germany

As soon as you get your admission next thing you need to look upon is for accommodation. It is very difficult to get accommodation in Germany, especially in cities like Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, and Hamburg. In these cities the prices are too high which is very difficult for a student to afford. Note while looking for accommodation : If your university is providing the accommodation kindly take it because you don’t have the burden of searching , checking the accommodation etc. The university will mostly provide in a Studentenwerk which might or might not be near the university, but still take it if you have good transportation facility. Even if you get it for 6 months take it because once on coming to Germany you can judge the situation on arrival and act accordingly. If you’re not getting in Studentenwerk start looking for private WG – Wohngemeinschaft in websites like WG-gesucht.de, Studenten-wg.de, Facebook pages and immowelt.de. If you’re fine with the WG...
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TIPS for your Internship and Thesis

TIPS for your Internship and Thesis

Once you get your  admission for Masters in Germany and reach here you will have to get started searching for  your internships and thesis. Things you must know before we get started : Companies will never approach you in Germany. You will have to go company's website and check in their career portal and apply. But the positive thing is , they will respond to your application. When you're looking for internship there are two types of internship one is voluntary internship (In German Freiwillig praktikum) and the other is compulsory internship (In German Pflichtpraktikum).Compulsory internship  is part of your course work. Most of the masters programs have only voluntary internship. Your German Langauage Certificate does not matter :You do not need to show any proof that you have done A1 or A2 level etc. But make sure while writing a Resume and cover letter , write it with the German knowledge you possess. My experiences and some tips: First select the field in which...
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A step – by-step plan – From your UG to a PG in Germany

A step – by-step plan – From your UG to a PG in Germany

THE SMART KID’S GUIDE TO AN MS IN GERMANY. We see a lot of material for Dummies, but this article is targeted at the smart ones. The ones who require a bit of guidance. And believe in planning their next step towards studying abroad. One of the options being Germany. First, let us analyze the reason as to why we must consider Germany an option, when all our Friends and relatives are busy packing their bags to other places. WHY GERMANY Quality of Studies – the biggest factor is the quality of Studies you receive. It is absolutely top-notch, in accordance with international standards and the language of instruction is dominantly English Finances – An MS in Germany would easily require maybe 30-40 % of the funds you might have to allocate for a similar degree in the US. Think of the bank loans, financial burdens and stress that you would be reducing. Job Market – In comparison to many other European countries,...
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You DON’T need a language certificate, but having one can help !

You DON’T need a language certificate, but having one can help !

When it comes to learning a language simply memorizing grammar or conjugation rules won’t be enough. What matters is assessing your ability to communicate. Speaking is by far the hardest part. It will definitely be required if you want to be able to prove not only your knowledge of a language, but your ability to use it to communicate with other people. Certificates are just pieces of paper. Being able to communicate is all that matters. During a job interview, or while sharpening your interactions with clients or friends -  it becomes apparent just how skilled you are in a language. When I interviewed for companies here in Germany, they appreciated the fact that I had passed a higher level of the German Language Proficiency Test. All my friends who want to work in Germany also have this certificate. So, it can definitely get your foot in the door. Beyond that point though, it's pretty useless. A certificate cannot prove that you speak...
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INGOLSTADT – WHAT OPTIONS DOES A STUDENT HAVE ?

INGOLSTADT – WHAT OPTIONS DOES A STUDENT HAVE ?

WHAT OPTIONS DOES A STUDENT HAVE IN INGOLSTADT?  - SOCIALISING, ENTERTAINMENT, HOTELS etc Personal Experience,  I am Anoop Krithvasan living in Ingolstadt. Having stayed for 6 months in Ingolstadt, I would like to share things that I have done to socialise and to spend your free time on arrival at Ingolstadt . I personally enjoy socialising , learning new things and making myself feel comfortable across all genres of activities.  For e.g spending time with international community. Few things one could do at Ingolstadt are: I am part of international students club where we organise movie nights (english / german ) , board game night ,etc. These are for students part of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Through this you get know to people from different countries , culture s, languages etc.These usually happen once a month. For students who are travelling to my city for internship / thesis etc , you will have associations like International students in Ingolstadt, Indische Deutsche Verein etc where...
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Trip To Switzerland

Trip To Switzerland

When you have visa for 26 countries why cant you take a advantage of it? Yes I took it. I am Anoop Krithivasan pursuing Masters in Automotive Engineering at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. During my Christmas holidays I visited Switzerland. Even though it is not a part of European Union, It is a part of Schengen countries. So your visa is valid to make a visit. Things you need to take care while visiting other countries are: 1. Mode of Transport 2. Accommodation 3. What the Places that  you can visit in that particular season along with the cost to visit. These things can make you visualize the budget approximately. As far as I know there are no student offers in Switzerland and it is a costly place to visit. Here I would like to share my experience.  I came to know about my Christmas holidays in October Last week, So I booked my ticket by first week of November. Since I booked it pretty early, My to and fro...
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