Author Archives: Guarav Kedia

Wanderlust: Traveling Through Germany

Photo (cc) flickr user Neil Krug

“Life is a book and those who have not travelled have read only a page.” I couldn’t unfold this saying of Saint Augustine unless I stepped out to the foreign soil. I knew my country and my culture—it was a part of my life—but I never really knew how enormous and diverse the cultures in the world are!

We travel these days mostly for business, family events, or to relax. And what do we do? Visit famous spots/landmarks and tell others that we have been to such historic, beautiful places. This is not the kind of traveling that I am talking about here. Real traveling in my opinion is all about Wanderlust.

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How I Learned to Love German Cuisine

Germany is known for its vast bread selection. Photo (cc) flickr user david__jones

The following post is YG guest blogger Guarav Kedia.  Check out his perspective on German cuisine.

My last blog described my experience with German language. Learning German was fun, but still I wasn’t very aware of the language, and I wasn’t really enjoying my stay. I can say the same about food. It’s not that German cuisine isn’t delicious but I really didn’t know much about it and my lack of knowledge made it hard for me to appreciate it.

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Thoughts on Learning German

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“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”  Ludwig Wittgenstein was completely correct in this statement, if I ponder back and realize the feeling of illiteracy I experienced during after my initial stay in Germany. In order to explore foreign soil, it is important to know the local language.

My German knowledge was confined to the formal greetings and very basic words.  In my initial days, I was quite comfortable in university campus but when I had to step alone out of campus I was like a lost baby in the fair; I didn’t know how to ask, what to ask, or how to follow any instructions, verbal or written. I couldn’t read the boards, the names of shops, the caution notices i.e., literally anything. Now, that sounds adventurous!

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Next stop: Märchenland, Deutschland

Arriving in Frankfurt by ICE train.  Photo (cc) flckr user K_Gradinger

Arriving in Frankfurt by ICE train. Photo (cc) flckr user K_Gradinger

After finishing my studies, Germany was just a stepping stone for me to do internship and thereafter head to my destination USA for higher studies. At that moment, I was unaware of the fact that soon Germany was going to give me almost everything that I desired. It enriched every spectrum of my life—be it spiritual, physical, or financial. It would be like a fairy tale. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about the ecstasy of being successful, but instead of euphoria of enjoying a natural gift called LIFE thoroughly. Perhaps, I would have never been able to understand the balanced importance of life if I had never been to Germany.

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