The reason I went to Germany for university? A question I’m asked a lot, one with a very simple answer: I needed to experience something new, I needed adventure. The following is a summary of my entire first semester broken up in months. Enjoy!

October

After several issues with my visa and finally making it to Germany considerably late (a month and a half), my backpack didn’t seem that heavy while skipping out of the airport in Dusseldorf. It was all new, the Rhine river, the beautiful golden and scarlet of the fall trees surrounding the road. I was so ecstatic. It was the new place I was to call home, the place I could finally be independent in. It goes without saying that it was a pretty big adjustment, coming from Saudi but regardless, this was the start of my five months away from home.

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Obligatory “I’m standing on Fall leaves in boots” arrival picture

Being late, I had a lot of catching up to do and midterms right around the corner. Being the responsible and new independent girl I was, I decided to ignore all of that and go on a trip with my university to Berlin, on the other side of Germany.

It was a lovely trip to put it simply. Being a university planned one, it was mostly educational, we visited the German Parliament, Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and several museums and monuments. The trip for me also consisted of rather comical situations, such as getting rather sick right in front of the German Bundestag, nearly getting killed a good fifty times by very quickly approaching bikes, and a failed attempt at entering a night club. Experiencing this with a bunch of wonderful friends really put me at ease with me missing my parents and I was all ready for everything that awaited me in my new home.

November

The month of November consisted of me figuring out the ins and outs of living alone, attempting to create some friendships, and cramming for exams. All the humorous antics of living in an all girls house began to arise the more I got to know all the ladies I was going to be around for awhile. One day, for example, some girls were trying to get a crock wine bottle open. It didn’t help that the instructions on the internet consisted of: “get the man in the house to do it.” The means of opening it was with a Shawrma knife (do not ask me who’s it was and why it was there) to get a few drops out.

The end of the month is when I had my very first Dutch experience in the Netherlands to visit a few friends from back home, an extremely memorable trip! After the trip, I went through a tiny identity crisis because I didn’t have anything to focus on but I had a pretty good idea in counter it..

A Very Dutch Experience (3)

December

The idea was to start a blog! I loved it so much, it was a place I could totally be myself and let everything out without my anxiety getting in the way. But with every happy story comes a few dark times here and there. In mid-December, I got an eye infection, a bad case of insomnia, a fever, and a ton of girl drama, combining all of this together brings you a hot mess of anxiety. The fever especially left me quite terrified as it was my first time getting sick away from home. After all of this turmoil and carrying a friend of mine home after her great decision of drinking fifteen shots of Vodka (yes, I am the designated sober friend) while she sung London Bridge is Falling Down into the night, I really needed a refresh.

I decided I would take a trip to Dusseldorf (a city two hours away by train) during my Christmas break. I slept in a church basement and I could honestly say it was one of the highlights of my stay in Germany. I got to know so many people both in and out of my community. I got to experience a warmth that I had almost forgotten in my stay away from home.

January

Right off the bat in the New Year, I went to my friend’s house for her birthday for a family BBQ. Again, I felt the familiar feeling of belonging. Top that with a lot of unexpected and wonderful Christmas presents and you got yourself the feeling of blessing. It was nice escaping hell university for awhile but this only meant it was time for finals. Right after my Economics exam, a friend took me with her to a city where there a lot of snow. I live in the warmest place in Germany, though there was snowfall, there was barely any white on the ground. I got to see a lot of it all at once and it was such a exhilarating day. To new experiences always!

Speaking of new experiences, my toilet exploded in January. Yup. I woke up to my roommate’s screaming one night to find that the toilet had exploded and caused a major leak throughout the house. On a positive note, it wasn’t too bad a clean up, it resulted in some bonding with my roommate.

February

I write to you now from my little home in Saudi Arabia, I’m back for the semester break. Before leaving I had celebrated my birthday with my friends and I am now celebrating with my family and friends here. Thought I would love coming back to my folks but I was actually slightly sad leaving my cozy little room. I’ve come to like a place I thought I would forever lack comfort in. Thank you for coming along with me on this journey and I hope I can elaborate more someday on a lot of things I’ve been through, had to keep this post as short as possible. I hope you enjoyed this, cheers!

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24 thoughts on “My First Semester in Germany

  1. It sounds like you’re enjoying your adventure, although it has its ups and downs 🙂
    I’ve never been that far north in Germany (well, only up to Köln for the Eurostar) so it’s interesting to hear about it. I’m down in Bavaria and sometimes it’s quite different here! In a few weeks I’m visiting Berlin again. That was my first city in Germany 8 years ago, and now that I’ve been living down south for quite some time, I’m really interested to see how Berlin compares!
    Keep posting 🙂

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    1. Sure am! I should be visiting Bavaria in the summer, I’m really excited what its like. Funny how we are all in one country yet there’s so much we haven’t seen. Berlin is amazing in my opinion, I really hope you enjoy your stay there! Thank you for your lovely comment.

      Basant She

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      1. Oh great! 🙂 It’s lovely here and there’s so much to see. There’s a pretty good Lonely Planet on Munich, Bavaria and the Alps which I recommend.
        Munich is one of my favourite cities so I recommend it. I’m in Regensburg, on the Danube River.
        Safe trip back to Germany and let me know if you need any tips with Bavaria when you visit!

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  2. This is really good to here. It is good that you are enjoying (mostly) your experiences here (we are from Bremen, Germany). We both are still in school and there is a bit more time until university but we are both thinking about studying in another country and it does sound scary to us. But with what you are saying it is not as terrifying anymore. Thanks for that! ~Janet & Lenja

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    1. I completely understand, just the thought of moving abroad really scared me. I think you should totally go for it, its really rewarding in my opinion! You learn so much about yourself and the world around you 🙂 I hope this helped you make a decision and I with you the very best in the future! Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Basant She

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  3. What an amazing experience for you this must be. Seeing your picture of you bundled up in a winter coat, hat (what we call a touque in Canada) and mittens made me smile. This must be SO much different for you from the heat in Saudi Arabia.

    And WOW, you’ve only been blogging since December. Your blog is very upbeat, and cheery. Am glad I stumbled across it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much and yeah, the cold has been extremely different. My first week in Germany my nose was bleeding because of how diverse the weather was :’). Thank you so much for this ever so wonderful comment, put a smile on my face!

      Basant She

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  4. I enjoyed it very much! You sound like a very brave person! Were you born in Saudi? Could you speak German before you went to uni? I look forward to reading more of your posts. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks, glad you did! That’s a very sweet thing of you to say 🙂 no, I was born in Egypt but I’ve lived in Saudi all my life. Another no to speaking German, I’m actually currently self teaching because it makes life easier there. I wanna take a test when I got back so I can skip a German level in my studies, fingers crossed! Thank you so much for the comment, I hope you have a lovely weekend too!

      Basant She

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  5. I loved reading your post about your time in Germany! I live in Hamburg, so it’s always interesting to hear about other people’s experiences about Germany and how they feel here :)! Sounds like you had a great adventure and I could relate to your feelings so well, I spent the last year abroad in the UK, also the first time I lived away from home. And I’m telling you, I had so many of the same experiences you had! I became really sick in December with a really high fever, also had to drag a drunk friend home in that state, my shower exploded at 3 am in the morning, I bonded with roommates over trying to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew… So funny we had so many similar experiences haha! Hope you enjoyed your time in my country!

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    1. I really want to explore more of Germany like Hamburg, the place has so much to offer and I’m really excited about experiencing it! I’m really surprised that we’ve experienced all of the same things, that’s really interesting! It’s been fun in Germany really, I’m going to speak further about my HAPPY times in my next post 😀 Thanks so much for leaving another kind comment!

      Basant She

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  6. I loved reading this post about our time in Germany (And The Netherlands, as I’m Dutch myself). You have a lovely writing style and seem to be a very genuine person. 🙂 What I loved about this post is that you can really see how much you’ve grown since the beginning of your trip!

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    1. Thank you for this lovely comment! I fell in love with the Netherlands honestly, it was such a lovely place, I consider it a sanctuary I escaped to for a short while 🙂
      I feel like I’ve grown up and learned a lot in a very short time so I’m glad that reached you as well!

      Basant She

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  7. I just discovered your blog and it is so lovely! I’d love it if we could follow eachother on bloglovin! I can’t wait to see what you write in your future posts! 🙂
    x Kenzie
    Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi, I really enjoyed your post. I am so glad you liked living and studying in Germany. I was born and raised in Berlin, spent three years in Bonn (close to Cologne) and also lived in Frankfurt. It is wonderful to see my home country through your eyes! I am impressed you are teaching yourself German. It is not an easy language and I wish you lots of success for the test!!!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I’ve been everywhere you’ve lived except Frankfurt, hoping to get on that very soon! Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsche aber it’s been tougher than I thought! My friend brought me a Harry Potter book in German for my birthday and it was the best motivation! Thanks again for your comment 😀

      Basant She

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