The Consul General of India proposes a visit of the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium

What an honour!

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Last week our school received an email from the Consulate General of India in Munich. Our long lasting exchange project of Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium Straubing (Germany) and Lotus Valley International School (India) aroused the interest of the members of the representatives of India.

Therefore the Consul General proposed to visit the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium to talk to the German participants of the exchange.  The planning of the event is underway and the whole “school family” is looking forward to meeting and welcoming the Consul General.

Here is an excerpt of the original email:
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Day 16 – Our last weekend in Germany

This is our last weekend in Germany, with heavy hearts we come to the end of our memorable exchange.

This weekend my family took me and Kamakshi to Königsee. It is such a peaceful and pretty place. It took us 2 hours to reach there by car. We could see mountains and valleys as far as we could. We visited the königsee by ship and the view was amazing. We were told it is the second cleanest lake Europe. The water was so fresh and clean, that the reflection of the mountains could be seen. It was fun treking a bit on the mountains.

After that we went to the salt mine. It was really cold inside and we went there by an indoor train. We saw how the salt is extracted and how the salt machines work. It was really fascinating. We also saw how workers work there through a small video presentation.

I am really going to miss this trip a lot and the last weekend spent with my host family was really fun and memorable.
– Smahi Anand

Day 8 and 9 – A great weekend full of activities

I am Aditi Chotra.
This weekend was the best weekend I’ve ever had.

It was sooooo great.🙈 On saturday we started our day with a great boom, the medieval reenactment. Wow! It just wooed my mind, and also gave me Some Indian Vibes.👅like the smell of yummy food which was sold there. But the best was the way Mr Poschl described us the clothes of the medieval times. It was simply great, and the story was worth listening too! He told us how teenagers of that time revolted for clothes(just like we now😂) but it was great. He is such a great person!😂 We saw the medieval times dance (looked pretty easy😂) but no! It was great!!! I just loved the songs and dances. It was like an Indian village fair.

Then we ate crepes and started for the mountains for climbing activities, as soon as we reached there, the weather did not had luck with us. It was sad that we couldn’t go up, but there was another new experience waiting for me…. I saw for the first time in my life. I could literally see the clouds shifting towards us with great rain!😍

It happens in India too but I never got a chance to see that. Yes, we got a bit drenched, but I could literally see and feel the clouds shifting towards us.🙈

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Day 7 – See you on the streets of India

In our first week of the German-Indian exchange project we have already seen some businesses of different sizes. We visited a local company which employs handicapped people and Krones, a “Mittelstand“ machine manufacturer. But today, on June 8th, our group of 10 students and 1 teacher from Lotus Valley International School went to see the Bavarian Motor Werke, better known as BMW. Their biggest manufacturing plant in Europe is located in Dingolfing and it took us approximately 1 hr by bus to reach it from school. All of my friends and I were very excited to see it. Since years we are talking about German cars and we were eager to see how they were built.

BMW Dingolfing
Our Indian group in front of BMW Dingolfing

As we arrived at Dingolfing (exact position: plant 2.4; gate 3) we were greeted by our very friendly and energetic guide for the trip, Ms Steffani, who took us to a conference room immediately. There we saw an introductory video about the entire plant. During this video the history of BMW, the structure of the company and their philosophy was explained, too.
After this informative movie Ms Steffani guided us to the assembly part, which is the last step in manufacturing a brand new BMW. All the parts including the engine, the tyres, the doors of the car are assembled there. By the way, did you know that they call the assembling of chassis and the tyres is called “the wedding”?

At this part of the manufacturing process were many engineers and other workers which added different compartment to the cars “just in time”. But the most interesting was to see the robots working! The robots were also engineered and designed by a German company called Kuka. Without making any mistakes they glued parts together, mended metal components or moved different pieces from one place to another.

As we went on with our tour through the BMW plant we could also see how different parts of the car are pressed into their desired shapes and sizes. Even this work was totally done by machines. Only sometimes workers checked the presses and changed the adjustments when necessary.

And then at last, we went to the paint shop, where again robots painted the car according to the customer’s choice. The actual painting process was a long and – because of the foggy paint – a breath taking process, but the robots managed it without complaining or hesitating! Finally the car was finished and was carefully cleaned with ostrich feathers.

It was amazing to see the work done to perfection. Every minute the workers of BMW paid attention to every single detail to create a perfect car.

Who knows? Perhaps we will see one of the cars which were built today soon. I am looking forward the next time I am seeing a BMW on the streets of India.

“Written” by Khwahish

Day 6 – A trip to the north of Bavaria

#7th June 2018, wonʼt come again, and one more day passes of the german exchange

Today, we the Indians had gone to a very historical and a beautiful city, Nürnberg! Mr. Wolfgang was our guide, and he explained everything so well

And also was very sweet to us!! We were also given some shopping time, the local shops were to see. But definitely we missed our partners a lot 💕. We just wish that they could also have come with us on all such short tours, it would have been more fun!
But still it was a day well spent.

Day 3 – The Tower of Straubing

Today at the third day we finally went to Johannes Turmair Gymnasium. And there we were warmly welcomed by the Principal.

Karmeliten church
We also got to see some churches. This one has a crypt in its basement.

And were give a school 🏫 tour by sir Wolfgang. After the school tour we attended some classes with our partners. Then we went for sight seeing, where we saw the tower and even were able to see a tremendous view of Straubing from the tower.

After the sight seeing, some students planned up to meet at Daniel’s place. We all played football ⚽ and got to know each other better and it ended with a delicious dinner served by Daniel’s family.

Written by Dhruva