Outside IIFT : Student Exchange Diaries 2017-19 | The Comedy of Uncertainties

The Comedy of Uncertainties i.e. the Exchange Escapade by Sameer Khan

 

A Lifelong Dream that took its time, efforts in order to get fulfilled.

It is 17 December and I still cannot say with surety if I will catch my flight to Paris ten days later. After a barrage of uncertainties, the last and the biggest still remains i.e. “Will I able to get my visa?”. Cometh the date 18 December and I receive “THE MESSAGE” and before I can realize, I am on the flight to Paris, to experience the heaven on earth i.e. Europe.

 

The New Year: Till now, all my New Year nights used to get spent curled up in a blanket watching a movie and here I am in “Berlin” attending a New Year Carnival which has artists and people from all over the world. There are mouthwatering dishes (except that they are all made of pork) and at the stroke of midnight, I have a memory about which I can boast about for ages to come.

“I was in BERLIN for the new year of 2018”

 

The Month of Fairy Tale January

It’s tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland.

The escapade has begun. Grenoble Ecole De Management Presentation mentions about the “Tourism Opportunities for Students” and we already have the whole of Europe mapped in our mind. Visiting Switzerland makes you realize why Bollywood never gets tired of this place. It’ is where the human expectations of what heaven would be like meets the eye. I realize that it is going to take more than one visit to experience the beauty i.e. Swiss. However, with the Indian rupee in hand, it is beyond expensive. After the village of Heidi, it is turn of fairytale countries of Luxembourg and Belgium. In a place like Bruges or Luxembourg city, one gets lost in the world of Cindrella and Beauty and the Beast. The month ends with the city of Romeo and Juliet which I wanted to see for a long time since the movie “Letters to Juliet”. The city is beyond words and answers the question of why Shakespeare chose the city for his epic tragedy.

 

The Month of Eastern Europe

After breaking the banks in France, Belgium and Netherland, I feel the need to go to a place where we can feel the mightiness of Indian Rupee. As perfectly said by the Lonely Planet “Straddling the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is a gem of a city.” Our guide mentions that there are two facets of the city, one you see in the day and the other (the better one!) in the night. I continue with my fascination of visiting all the sites related to World War II and the Holocaust. By the time I visit Vienna, all my dreams of experiencing a snowfall have been fulfilled and all I can wish for is a sunny day.

 

The Month of #Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

“You can’t buy happiness but you can go to Spain and that’s pretty much the same thing”

The Spanish cities of Malaga, Girona and Toledo make you want to stop the time and revel in their beauty till the end of time. You are taken back into time and get to experience another kind of luxury far away from the razzmatazz of Champs Elysses and Monte Carlo. People of Spain like to enjoy life at their own pace which is called “being slow” in the American English. However, they get to live the real meaning of calm and peace.

19 Countries and 45 Cities later

In the end, I had the best time of my life.

 

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