“Change brings opportunity!”
Or so they say. Moving out of Chemnitz was something I was desperately waiting for but as the day came closer to bid farewell, I was caught in the memories of time. Some beautiful time that I had there, that created marvelous memories made it so much more hard for me.
I reached Stuttgart 3 days before my joining date. Stuttgart being one of the sister cities of Mumbai, clearly proved itself when all I could manage was to find an accommodation for 30 days after searching for over 2 months. This was a hostel room in a town just outside Stuttgart called Ludwigsburg. As the stop came closer in train, made me wonder and question myself – on the choice I had made. The place was no where close to lively compared to hostel at Chemnitz. I met the girl who was giving me her room for a month and she left after handing over the keys.
I entered the place, as creaky as the doors and lift could get, it didn’t help my confidence or mood in anyway. The room had a bed, table and a cupboard. Seems reasonable you may think, me being a student that’s all I need apparently. Well, I started searching for the kitchen and found myself sweating since it was in some part of basement which I had to search with torch in phone. Why is this place so haunted??? That’s the only thought that repeated in a loop in my head.
Came back to room and sat on bed. That was it. Upon all the thoughts of missing home, my friends back in Chemnitz, I was stuck in an absolutely new city (which seemed super nice in words and pictures) and no one to even talk to (since I knew NO one whom so ever). That evening, I couldn’t stop my tears no matter how hard I tried. The feeling of loneliness was dawning upon me as the minutes passed and finally I heard my stomach rumble.
Punishing my eyes or stomach was no way to face what I had to face ahead. Having no courage to re-visit the kitchen, I decided to order food online for the night and come up with a better solution the next day.
Little did I know that I was indeed blessed. Very next day my friends reached Stuttgart and they decided to celebrate beginning of my internship by visiting Europa-Park – the largest amusement park in Germany and second largest in Europe.