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

Packing Tips If You’re Going To Move Abroad

Hey you guys!

As you know now I have moved to Germany for my Gradschool. I thought maybe it’s good to share what I brought when I moved to Germany. When I was about to leave, I was really confused on what to bring, do I need to bring X or not, should I just buy this instead etc.

I never really like packing, well, unpacking is even more annoying for me hahaha. I usually just left things in my bag until couple of days (or weeks?) after I travel. I usually pack light as well, as I find bringing many stuffs as troublesome. Pain in the butt. So that’s why I prefer to travel with my backpack. But again, I couldnt really do that now, could I? So I started to research on what stuffs should I bring to Germany on the internet and asked couple of my friends who already moved to Germany.

And this is the list that I came up with:

Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Accessories

Indonesia’s climate is different with Germany as we only have dry and wet season. My flight was at the end of September so it was autumn in Germany. I didnt really bring many clothes but what I brought mostly for cold weather and I also packed a formal dress and high heels in case I got invited to formal events. I usually wear light and thin clothes, like tshirt and summer dress, since it is really hot and humid in Indonesia. I only brought a couple of them though because I thought I could just buy them in Germany later when the weather becomes warmer. I dont usually wear accessories as well so I only brought my watch, beanie and gloves.

So, this is the list of the things that I brought:

Clothes

  • Leggings (2)
  • Thermal leggings (2)
  • Turtle neck long sleeve shirt (3)
  • Thermal long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Jogger pants (because it is soooo comfy; 1)
  • Blouse (2)
  • 3/4 sleeve t-shirt (1)
  • Tshirts (2-3)
  • Running shorts (2-3)
  • Formal dress (1)
  • Short skirts (1-2)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Jacket (2; one of them is for winter while the other is warm enough for early autumn and spring I guess)
  • Outer (3-4; I dont really remember though. But since I like to wear outer so I’m pretty sure I brought at least 3)
  • Summer dress (2)
  • Bathing suit (1)
  • Rain jacket (1)
  • Underwear (7 for bras and panties)
  • Sport bra (2)
  • Socks (7)
  • Tanktop (2-3)
  • Sweater 1

Shoes

  • Training shoes (1)
  • Flat shoes (1)
  • High heels (1)
  • High heels boots (1; I ended up buying another boots there because I find it tiring to wear heels daily hahah)

Bags

  • Backpack (1; to go to college so it should be big enough for my laptop)
  • Small backpack (1; my favourite bag for daytrips)
  • Hiking backpack (1; in case I want to travel)
  • Shoulder bag/sling bag (1; for daytrips as well if I wanna look a bit more feminine hahaha)
  • Foldable backpack (1)
  • Sling bag (1; I find it very useful when I travel to put my wallet and passport)

Accessories

  • Gloves (1)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Watch (1; I only brought my smart watch as I find it more practical)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Glasses (2)
  • Towel (2)

Electronics

I dont really use notebooks to write anymore now. I still use it but mostly I just use my iPad, again, because I find it more practical to save my notes, see my schedule, etc. It depends on how much you rely on gadgets really.

  • Phone (2; one is my work phone with my Indonesian number which my colleagues and most of my friends know so I just brought it with me. It could also be my backup phone in case the one that I use has some problems)
  • Laptop (2; again, for backup hahaha to be honest I dont really use the other one though)
  • Travel adapters (2)
  • iPad (1; I use it for reading, taking notes etc)
  • External hard drive (2; I divided work purposes storage and private storage. In case my colleagues need some of the data from work, I could send it to them so I just brought it along with me)
  • Portable battery pack (1; I dont really use it but I still brought it along just in case)
  • Charger
  • Wireless headphones (1)
  • Headset (2; I always forget to charge my headphones so I brought headset as well)

Important Documents

The important documents depend on what you need really. Since I am a student so what I need is my bachelor certificate, apart from my passport and VISA of course.

  • Original and translation of bachelor certificate and transcripts (I need them to re-register myself)
  • Legalised copy and copy of bachelor certificate and transcripts (10 of each)
  • Language certificate: IELTS (I brought the original and the copy)
  • Language certificate: German (I brought my latest Goethe Zertifikat and Kursteilnahmebestätigung or confirmation of course participant. I brought the original and the copy as well)
  • Passport and VISA (I also brought the copy)
  • Passport Photos (I basically brought a lot I lost count hahahah)
  • ATM cards and cash (not a document but I’ll just put it here hehe)

Medicine

If you have any prescription medication then you should bring it with you. I dont have any so I only bring some meds that I usually take when I have cold and heartburn.

Miscellaneous

Well, for me, my pillow is important hahahha so I brought my pillow from home hahha. So in Indonesia we have something called “guling” it’s basically a pillow but long. I have never found one whenever I traveled so i just brought it with me since I find it a bit hard to fall asleep if I dont hug my pillow hahahha. I also bring my face wash and some of my face creams from my dermatologist

I think how much and what you wanna bring depend on each person. There is no one size fits all in my opinion because everyone has their own style and needs. But again, I find recommendations on the internet and from other people really helpful when I was planning what to bring 😀 So I hope this could help you plan stuffs as well! Have fun packing! And also #stayathome guys and stay safe and healthy! 🙂

Cheers,

Kemmy