Counting Days


Eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf, sechs. Tinggal 6 hari lagi sebelum saya meninggalkan benua biru ini. Yap Blue continent yang katanya ada 2 alasan mengapa disebut biru. Pertama karena mayoritas penduduk eropa memiliki iris biru cerah. Kedua karena dulu banyaknya kerajaan masyur sehingga munculah istilah darah biru (bangsawan).

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River in Luebeck, Germany. Beautiful small town north to Hamburg

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Ingin rasanya memperpanjang jangka waktu untuk bisa tinggal lebih lama di benua ini. I still want to eat pasta, cheese, milk, chocolate and many others foods that I can rarely find in Indonesia. Setidaknya disini makanan tergolong murah dari salary yang didapat per bulannya. Susu 1 L harganya cuma 50 cent, it’s really cheap. I will be able to drink it almost everyday. Keju dan daging juga termasuk murah apalagi dengan adanya toko halal Turki yang cuma “berjarak” 5 menit jika menggunakan bus dari tempat kerja. I still also want to cook and eat more pasta. I don’t know. Di bandung pasta termasuk makanan “mewah” karena saya biasanya makannya di warpas atau pun di cafe & restoran. Well I don’t even know (and lazy to get knowing) if it was existed in department store or not.

Saya juga masih ingin minum dari tap water. Don’t need to think anymore about buying bunch of water gallons and lift the tons weight of it. Saya juga pasti akan sangat merindukan chocolate. Yap milka & ritter chocolate especially which are at least known to be halal. Harga satuannya sekitar 1 euro atau misal lagi diskon bisa hanya 70 cent. I remembered when it was known that there was discount of milka chocolate in the nearest store, I directly buy 7 bars at once with different flavors lol.

Saya juga ingin tetap merasakan big portion-nya every foods in here. Di indonesia saya biasanya membeli cemilan (ciki2an) dengan bungkus kecil. Tapi disini sangat sedikit bungkus kecil untuk makanan apapun (termasuk ciki2an :p). Harga snack biasanya berkisar 1 euro tapi dengan volume yang banyaak. Well I got no choice but that’s the only portion in the store. Termasuk minuman juice ataupun softdrink, untuk ukuran 1 L harganya sangat murah. That’s why it’s more than often for me to buy more than one nectar drinks in a week (banana nectar is still my favorite)

The most I am gonna miss is cooking!! Yap, seperti yang sudah saya tulis sebelumnya perbandingan hemat jika membeli makanan jadi dengan memasak sendiri sangat jauh. Eropa adalah benua yang benar2 “menghargai” apapun yang dibuat manusia, termasuk makanan. Karenanya makanan-jadi yang dijual di cafe atau canteen sangat mahal compared to the raw foods if we cook. Saya juga pasti bakal kangen menggunakan pisau, electric stove dan yang paling asik oven! Maklum anak kos bandung kere paling cuma pake kompor gas di kontrakan, itupun masak mie doang wkwk. I am gonna miss mixing random seasoning into pasta sauce and taste it. Sometimes maybe smiling, sometimes closing eyes, sometimes force to eat it ignoring the taste since it was so hambaar lol. Knifing things are also interesting. Dan luar biasanya saya baru sekali luka di jari tengah karena ga sengaja teriris (sedikit, dont imagine the worst).

Then yeah the public transportation too. I am gonna miss it so much. Di Jerman terutama, negara tempat saya tinggal selama 2 bulan. Its better than any other Europe countries. Di Hamburg especially, kita hanya perlu membeli tiket tanpa harus mentap, validasi ataupun hal riweuh lainnya sebelum menaiki kereta, metro atau bus. This country truly upholds the honesty. But yeah, law is still existing. Petugas akan memeriksa di waktu random dan jika kita tidak memiliki valid ticket, they will charge us 60 euro. I ever saw it with my eyes directly in the train some guys didnt have the valid ticket and the officer foreclosed their ID and needed to pay something to take it back. Hope be able to write it in another post. But yeah, meskipun begitu, frekuensinya sangat jarang. Selama saya di hamburg, dengan hampir setiap hari naik bus & kereta, saya baru kena pemeriksaan tiket 3 kali.

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In the top of S-Bahn station in Landungsbrücken, my favorite place in Hamburg

Umm what else? Anyway I don’t wanna say anything about travelling. Since it is one of my lifetime-dreams that Alhamdulillah Allah grants it to me: menjelajah bumiNya di tanah Eropa. Biarlah post tentang travelling ini terpecah menjadi post-post lainnya. About work? Yeah many people asked me about work. Well I learned much things here, academically and… non-academically. The second one is much more. Well my project is ordinary compared to the other summer students but I am proud of it. My main conclusion after doing that project is “I will always respect the researcher.” I hope I can share about it in another post too. Ahh, and then if you want to know about my project you can look at in my report too. It will be uploaded in DESY website later.

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Yeah but in the other hand, I also miss Indonesia. I miss adzaan so muuchh!! I miss salman. I miss doing fardhu Jama’ah. I miss Khotbah jumat dengan bahasa Indonesia. I miss my friends that always remind me to Liqo, to read Quran, to memorize Quran, to come to Kajian and any other things that make me feel the warmth of Islam. I miss just sit alone in below roof of Salman, to just enjoy the silent, hearing the others’re reading Quran, and thinking about the deeds I did in one day. Disini sangat kering, saya merasa jauh dengan Islam. Benar katanya safar salah satu cobaan bagi kaum muslim karena kita tidak bisa beribadah selayaknya when we are home.

Still I learned many things here. I got many experiences. Many great views of Allah’s earth. Many lost. Many mistakes. Many new discoveries I never found before. And many other values I hope I can share to the other people.

Now I am still counting days to leave Europe. My intern program will end in this September 10th . But I have visa extension till September 14th which in syaa Allah I am gonna spend it to backpack to 3 cities of 3 countries: Vienna, Budapest and Prague. I got no Indonesia friends that I can stay in those 3 countries. But luckily I joined the couchsurfing, a website that allow us to stay in a stranger house. And someone accepted to host me in Budapest. Means I will get free  one night staying in Hungary (yeay). But it’s so risky anyway, I hope I wont miss any bus schedule again since I got my plane back to Indonesia on 15th September. Aamiin

I hope to see you guys back in Indonesia and pray for my next 5 days backpack. Bye!! :D

Muhammad Afif Izzatullah
Hamburg, Germany

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