My everyday life in Bangalore was very exciting at first, because of course everything was new for me. My first visit to the canteen came with the most exciting meal I’ve ever had. I didn't knew any of the menus, ate from shaped silver trays, preferably by hand and above all spicy. Next to the canteen, there were several small shops, among others a juice stand and a copy shop. After dinner I usually got myself a freshly mixed papaya juice before I went to the lecture or back to the hostel - delicious! I ate almost every day in this canteen and got to know other dishes from outside, so that the canteen food (for only 50ct converted) served to satisfy my hunger.
Over time, I got to know other restaurants off campus, learned about online ordering possibilities and was able to borrow a Scooti regularly, or got a rickshaw together with my friends and drove off campus. After two weeks I got my Kitchentools and was able to enjoy porridge in the morning and prepare breakfast again. Otherwise it has almost always been cheaper and more pleasant to go out for dinner.
As my university registration was still not ready after two weeks, I was facing a huge fine. My local counselor took it very easy and only reacted after I reminded him several times. This behaviour was sometimes difficult to understand for me. When I arranged to meet friends, these also failed to appear more often. Saying "no" sometimes has been very hard for some of my Indian friends. Nevertheless, they have always been very friendly and helpful. They’ve made it easy for me to connect and so it became more difficult for me when I had to interrupt my stay.
Together with the other German Student, I had a special position, since I had a total of only four modules per week (12 h university) and thus was able to enjoy a lot of free time. We explored our giant Campus, the city and the surrounding areas. A normal student had to attend university every day, except Sundays, comparatively from 8 am to 5 pm.
Unfortunately, Indian women had to be in their hostel room from 8 pm to avoid the high crime rate (especially at night). Therefore my friends were mostly male ones. Nevertheless, the evenings with them were very nice. We drank a lot of saffron tea, cooked together or played soccer. I also spent many evenings with the other German, Afghan and Nepalese exchange students. We smoked shisha and played cards until late at night. I miss this time so much!
Arvid's report no. 1
Arvid's report no. 2
Arvid's report no. 3
Arvid's report no. 4: Arvid's studies in India
Arvid's report no. 5: Cultural Differences
Arvid's report no. 6: Community Service
Arvid's report no. 7: Goodbye