• Being an MD,  Life story,  Thoughts

    Kidney, my love

    Warning: this post might sound very nerdy. Read further only on your own risk. Some of my friends know my rooting – love for kidney. I don’t know how, but this organ has always awed me since the very first day I decided to study medicine. It all began with a certain disease called “post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis”. I’ll try to explain this as humanly easy as possible. The kidney is the organ which has a lot of functions. One of them is the filtering of the blood and the “cleansing” of the blood from waste products and toxins. If you look into a kidney-section through a microscope you will find a…

  • Being an MD,  Life story,  Thoughts

    My internal battle: Bandung vs. Hannover

    As I mentioned in my earlier post, I didn’t have enough of Hannover in the year of my exchange program. I still¬†remember very vividly, how my heart broke into pieces, when the time to come home to Indonesia finally arrived. You don’t want to know, how loud the cry of an 18-year-old girl can be. And yes, that cry might have broken some windows in the Frankfurt airport.. ūüėČ I spent the last year of high school¬†in SMA 3 Bandung, merely thinking about the time, when I finally could go back to Hannover. When everyone else was busy preparing the final state exam, I was mentally busy preparing my life…

  • Being an MD,  Life story,  Thoughts

    Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt

    The Germans say, “es ist nicht alles Gold, was gl√§nzt.” (all that glitters is not gold) There is this opinion in Indonesia: once you are in Germany (or Europe or USA whatever), everything will be soo easy. You will get anything you want. You can be rich, you will earn so much money, everything is provided by the government. Ooh..life is so easy.. la la la.. Well I can tell you firsthand: it’s NOT¬†always easy, just as it’s not easy in Indonesia or wherever you are. You earn¬†what you work for. The German language can be¬†very painful to learn for some people. It is indeed not the easiest language. Although…

  • Being an MD,  Life story,  Thoughts,  Travel

    The Beginning – a throwback to a city called Hannover

    It was the end¬†of¬†summer in Germany, precisely on the 6th of September 2003, as I set my feet for the first time in Hannover. I began the adventure with 3 other fellows from Indonesia (hello Kiki, Fiona & Yogha!). We flew in with Lufthansa and arrived early in the morning in Frankfurt. It felt¬†like a class-trip and I was anxious of what would come. After some hours waiting in the airport of Frankfurt, we were escorted by very nice german AFS volunteers to travel further to our final destinations. We were traveling in groups and got into the german fast train, ICE to different cities of Germany. I was the…