2 Tahun di Jerman: Kuliahnya kok gak selesai-selesai Kem?

Hey you guys!

Gue mau mulai post ini dengan tertawa: hahaha. Udah gitu aja. Wk. Apaan sih.

Jadiiii ceritanya gue udah 2 tahun di Jerman per September akhir kemarin. Horeee. Terus udah lulus? Oh tidak belum lulus aku sodara-sodara. Kok gitu? Wkwkwk. Dih apaan sih ditanya malah ketawa gitu.

Oke mari kita mulai dengan kesan pesan idup di LN 2 tahun.

Pertama-tama, gue udah ga pulang satu setengah tahun ke Indo. Kenapa? COVID di Indo masih parah dan ya aing gak boleh pulang sama orang tua :”) yah sedih. Apakah aku sudah dibuang :”””””) mak aku kangen makanan Indo dan segala 24/7 toko dan emol Jakarta. Itu kucing-kucing laknat di rumah pasti udah lupa gua :””””””D ah. Sedih.

Okeeeehh 2 tahun di Jerman gimana jadinya? Ya gitu, nano-nano rasanya: campur aduk. Wk. Masih? Ya masih :”) emang lu kata idup di luar mulai semua dari 0 ga ada keluarga, ga kenal siapa siapa gampang? Wkwkwkw tentu tidak Ferguso. Winter tahun lalu COVID di Jerman lumayan parah sampe banyak pantangan. Aku yang tadinya super high achiever dan aktif (iya ini kata-kata dari temen gue btw): socializing jalan, olahraga minimal 3 kali seminggu dan belajar tiap hari tapi masih ngerasa 24 jam lama amat yak ngapain lagi ya gua, yak itu semua hilang. Kembalilah sekarang aku menjadi Kemmy yang tinggal di kamar males keluar wkwkwk.

Bagaimana dengan perkuliahan? Sekarang gue masih nulis thesis gue: Fisheries Cultural Value in Western Baltic Sea. Apaan tuh? Auk ah gamau jelasin thesis disini ntar aja gue mau post terpisah di categories Books and Learning. Tapi w mau curhat dikit yaaa. Jadi topik gue ini ternyata hampir ga ada yang neliti makanya professor gue super tertarik, eits ga cuma doi. Satu research group yang entah ada berapa biji itu tertarik. Bahkan mau dipublikasi sama mereka. Mantap. Tekanannya mantulity. Lemme quote one of my supervisors statement:

Kemmy, Marie (my first supervisor who’s a professor) is really interested in your topic. The people in this floor is interested in your research. We want to published the results of your thesis

My second supervisor

Ahahaha.

Auk.

On the other hand though, gue tau hal ini actually mempermudah gua. Kenapa? Karena mereka tertarik, gue bakalan dibantu buat ngerjain thesis. Kedua, kalau gue nantinya memutuskan untuk jadi scientist/researcher/ambil PhD, publikasi ini juga bisa membantu gua. Sebetulnya nih ya, gue juga agak berharap if I do a great job in this research, they will employ me. Jadi ya banyak positifnya walau ada pressure juga ya tetep wkwkwk

Terus Kem, jadinya kenapa belum lulus? Susah ya?

Actually, ini adalah keinginan gue untuk menunda kelulusan. Kenapa? Karena gue merasa masih banyak hal yang bisa gue dapetin di kampus: privilege sebagai student dan ilmunya. Semester lalu gue memutuskan buat ambil side research project, buat apa? Literally just for fun. Yes, I am that excited to learn new things.

Apakah susah kuliah di Jerman?

Kayaknya dulu gue pernah bahas ini sih, tapi menurut gue ya gampang gampang susah. Tentunya beda dong system edukasi disini dan tipe/kultur pengajar disini. Jadi ya tetep butch effort lebih. Tapi, bisa ga sih lulus tepat waktu? Bisa banget. Banyak kok temen-temen gue yang lulus tepat waktu disini. Jadi kalau kalian, in the future, mutusin mau belajar di Jerman, jangan takut 😀

Untuk saat ini plan gue adalah nyelesaiin thesis sambil cari kerja untuk tahun depan. Nyari kerja dari sekarang? Karena gue gatau berapa lama it will take me to actually find a job, so why wait? Menurut gue better start now gitu daripada tepat. Dan gue sadar akan kelemahan gue yang belum fluent ngomong Jerman. Jadi yaa, satu lagi kegiatan gue: lancarin bahasa Jerman. Tapi gue sekarang juga belajar Korea sih, kenapa? Ya itu sih emang salah satu keinginan gue: bisa 5 bahasa.

Jadiiii intinya idup 2 tahun di Jerman adalah nano nano. Iya masih sama kayak tahun lalu wkwkkw yang beda cuma progressnya dan plan gue untuk kedepannya 😀

Cheers,

Kemmy

VISTA #13: Cheers to One Year!

Hey you guys!

Soooo today is 23rd of September and this would be my official first year here in Germany! Wooo! At first I want to post the 7th post of the 30 days writing challenge (since I delayed it, again) but then again it’s my first year so I just wanna talk about it. Aaaand it’s not Saturday but here I am posting VISTA. This one is an exception :3 wuwu

I have posted some of the journey and the process for me to actually go to Germany but this post would be dedicated to my first day and first year. I arrived in Germany, in Hamburg to be precise, on 23 Sept. Before I flew here, I contacted my close friend, Keno – who lives in Munich, about my plan. Yep, he knew the process from the beginning (applying for school etc). He told me that he wanted to pick me up. And he really did that. Can you imagine, a 15 hour bus ride from Munich to Hamburg right after he just finished work? Damn. I can imagine how tired he was. Afterwards, we went to Kiel together. Sooo another one hour ish bus ride for him.

The hotel room where I stayed with Keno

He stayed with me for 3 days and 2 nights. I rent two rooms in a hotel well.. it upset him though hahaha he told me that we could save some money if we just rent airbnb or he could actually decide on better location. The location was not that bad but I agree that we could save some money if we just rent airbnb hahahaha. I just felt bad when he said that he wanted to pick me up so I paid for the rooms without telling him. And yea, that upset him again ahahhaha. Oh well

Anyway, on the second day I took care of my enrolment, bank account and health insurance. Of course, Keno was there with me all the time and helped me with stuffs. It was also my very first time to go to IKEA. We have IKEA back in Indonesia but I have never visited it.

First picture of Kiel right after I arrived ❤

After Keno went back home, everything felt different. It was the first time I actually realised I am on my own now. All alone. To be honest, it felt kinda weird because I am not the type who likes to rely on others. At that point, I realised that I took everyone for granted back at home. I have never felt alone because they are there. Not always right beside me but everyone, friends or family, will be there if I need them. And yea, my first couple of months in Germany were not very great. I managed to get some friends that I hang out regularly but something is missing. I guess I missed home at that time and hence I was so happy when my former colleagues visited Europe. Also, I am not sure what triggered it or if I already have this since long time ago but was not diagnosed, I kept getting nightmares to the point I could not sleep. So yea, things were rough.

You are lucky that you always have someone wherever you go

Keno to me in 2019

But hey, there are also many great things! I have this circle that I am very close to. I mentioned about them couple of times as well. They are from various countries and we study different subjects here. How do we meet each other? Who knows hahaha. I kept getting that question though. We call ourselves “The Herd,” well we kept changing the name on WhatsApp group but the name “Herd” always stay. It is kinda sad because some of them are back to their countries (ERASMUS students), some went to other places (doing ERASMUS) and some are still stuck in their home country due to corona. But we still talk to each other, either on the group, personal chat or other social media. We also like to play games and talk on Discord so it is fun! Ah I miss them.

Oh, I also have a really small circle with my fellow Indonesians. Yep, who else but Arki and Hanif hahaha. Last Friday we went to Berlin and I felt so bad it looked like I was in a badmood (I was). I was not upset with them but I had stye in my eyelid it was so painful to blink, to close my eyes or even to open my eyes and see. Dammit what do you waaaant.

Keno once said to me that I am lucky that I always have someone wherever I go. And he is right. Cete also said similar thing: you’re lucky you found someone, heck more than one person even, right away after you arrived here. It took me long time to get close to someone. I have Keno and Cete (my former senior back in uni) who already know me for years. I have Arki and Hanif who are right next to me. And, of course, the herd, who are umm spread around various countries? Hahaha. Oh well, some are still here though.

So yea, my first year in Germany is full with colours. Sometimes it’s gloomy and dark but sometimes it’s just full of colourful bright colours. It’s not always great living here where you dont know many people, but just like Keno has said, I always have someone wherever I go.

Cheers,

Kemmy

VISTA #11: COVID-19 and Cancelled Flights

Hey you guys!

Sooo I am currently at home in Indonesia since mid February. My plan was to go back to Germany by 20 March but then everything turns into havoc (is it a correct situation to use the word in a sentence?).

My initial flight got cancelled 2 days before departure since my flight had a short layover (30 minutes) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the government announced that they wanted to do a national lockdown. Then I rescheduled my flight with my friend to the next week, 27 March. We still used the same airline though by this time. So the next flight was supposed to fly from Jakarta to Singapore (transit for around 3-4 hours) then to Amsterdam (transit for 4-5 hours) and to Hamburg. But then couple of days before my departure, I saw that my flight from Amsterdam to Hamburg had been cancelled without any notification to me either via the airline apps nor email. Basically, no notification really.

I tried to find a solution in this problem, so I contacted my friend who currently lives in Leiden and told her that my flight was cancelled and I was planning to take train from Amsterdam to Hamburg. I saw that the train was still operating and I asked her if I could stay at her place if there is any problem suddenly comes up and I have to stay in the Netherlands. Alright, problem solved right? Right? Ohhohoho of course not.

Then 2 days before my departure, my friend told me that Singapore forbid any short term visitor including transit. Great. Now my flight from Jakarta to Singapore has been cancelled. But weirdly enough, my flight from Singapore to Amsterdam was not cancelled. Umm, excuse me? How can I get to Singapore again? Swim from Jakarta to Singapore? Wut? My flight from Jakarta to Hamburg was with the same airline and I bought the ticket directly from them and I am not sure why they didnt cancel my flight from Singapore to Amsterdam as well. Because of that I could not really do anything, I could not reschedule my ticket :/ sad. I tried to contact them but it is sooooo hard. Nothing gets through basically. Oh well, I can kind of understand but come on…. And now the refund is not in the form of cash but travel voucher, correct me if I am wrong but as far as I know, you could not do that and the passengers are entitled to have their money back.

After couple of days being confused on what to do and when should I go back etc, I finally decided to refund my ticket. I guess it’s better than to get nothing in return? Besides, I dont know how long the ban will last so rescheduling flight again and again is pointless in my opinion

I am now planning to go back to Germany by finding a direct flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. Hopefully i can find one. Again guys I am not trying to speak ill of the airline or anyone really, I just vent my frustration basically.

I know this is a difficult time for all of us, I am sorry for spreading such negativity but I just need to let it all out guys, I really just wanna go back home as I still have my classes and yes of course I understand there are many with problem similar or even worse to me. Stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy and please do what the government told you to do. Stay at home, so they could do their job and lets hope and pray (if you guys believe in God) that this too shall pass soon.

Cheers

Kemmy