There was a three-day meeting organized by DAAD, an academic program that connected me to the internship I now have. The meeting was held at a historical city of Heidelberg.
It happened to be DAAD´s tenth anniversary this year. So we had out meeting at Alte Aula, an old lecture hall for the University of Heidelberg (the oldest University in Germany!). Many people came to welcome and congratulate us for being part of the program. There were about 300 RISE scholars.
After the officially planned programs, I took my mom to Altstadt. Like many southern cities, Heidelberg also had many old-looking homes and stores.
This is a view from Heidelberg Schloss (castle). After climbing up to the castle, we were both awed by such beautiful scenary. We talked about how Heidelberg was surrounded by mountains and had river running through the city, making it an excellent location for trade and protection from invasion. We both understood why Heidelberg was a hot tourist spot.
On a side note, I want to thank DAAD. It has done a superb job of organizing this meeting and connecting English speaking students to German PhD students so that we can benefit from this amazing international experience.