As I write this, it is Sunday, 12th Sept 2010, 11.19 a.m. Mannheim time.
My journey to Mannheim started off on Saturday, 11th Sept; 18.30 hours IST in Mumbai. Thanks to the direct flight and on-time flight at that, I reached Mannheim at 6.30 a.m. on 12th Sept. Thanks to the detailed instructions from the Program management, it was a breeze through the efficient German train-system( the ICE ) and 30 minutes later, I was at Mannheim Hauptbahnhof (Main station) at around 10 a.m.
I had quite the task of trying to carry my luggage on my own via the escalator to the main entrance. Imagine a little person with a laptop bag on her shoulders, walking with a 4-wheeler baggage combined with a handbag. Then dragging a 2 wheeler baggage combined with an overall on its pulley. Quite the scene! Anyways, I called up the janitor of my apartment, who thankfully reached on time and, check-in formalities completed; I was officially home at 10.45 a.m.
Now, first impressions first. My student-apartment is the coziest ever, in the city-centre! Its completely self-sufficient and furnished. Let me walk you through it as you step into the apartment from the door; there is a wardrobe to the right , an open cupboard to the left and a little further down- a bed right by the window. Next to the bed is my study-table, then a slight partition that neatly divides the kitchen-area from the rest of room. Here, a little dining table faces the window [This is where I see myself having scrumptious bakes and ginger-tea :)] a mini-fridge and the cooking range. A little to the right is the bathroom. Being one of those freaks who HAS to unpack immediately, unpack I did. 🙂
5 fridge magnets, A German-English dictionary, my dog-eared copy of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, my new copy of ‘Love in the time of Cholera’, greeting-cards from friends, snaps of the family my trusty Dell and the coconut-barfi from home, it felt totally homey 🙂
A hot water bath later, I made myself some Maggi, got the internet set-up done, logged on to the virtual world and was ready to settle in. A walk around the town made me realize it was a Sunday, so all stores were closed. I walked down to my college, just to get myself oriented, called home, walked to the station to get milk/ bread/ eggs, met an alumnus in the evening and made myself a very strange omelette/ scrambled eggs. The original idea was to make a boiled egg, which didn’t boil very well, so I scrambled it into an omelette with ginger-garlic paste. I packed my bags for day1 at college and slept off around 11 p.m.
Mannheim, I am home.