Dinah Kirigia on impressions of living in Germany

© Dinah Kirigia

September 2014

My life experience in Hannover, Germany, has been good so far. I found a totally different environment with well-organized systems, especially transport. The people I found around have been so friendly and helpful, and with so many brothers and sisters from Kenya at Leibniz Universität Hannover, I felt at home. Settling in Hannover was easy with the immigration and administrative issues sorted out within the first two weeks after arrival in Germany. I thank our coordinator Joshua Eshuchi [Subproject Coordinator of SP14] for making our arrival and settlement in Hannover easy.

Having landed here on a summer season, I found a lot of summer festivals, grilling parties and name it. I have had fun and enjoyed my stay in Germany. My only challenge so far has been the language barrier on my social life outside the university, and in this regard I am putting some efforts to learn the German language. Adjustments to the change of
climate and time was a challenge too, but with time I adopted.

The working experience at the Institute of Horticultural Production Systems, in the Floriculture Section, has been good so far. I found a lovely and united working team, with people who are cooperative and ready to help. The laboratory is well organized and working with sophisticated machines and equipment’s, as well as availability of reagents has made my work easier, efficient and enjoyable. I hope to find a conducive environment in the University of Eldoret in Kenya where I am expected to do my main research work from December this year.

Finally, I find HORTINLEA as one of the best projects to be in. In this project, I find the golden opportunity for enabling me to acquire my doctorate degree and becoming a competent professional in my field. The project is so motivating with good packages, especially funding for research, publishing, conferences, seminars and workshops and of course a good stipend. I hope the HORTINLEA website will be the best platform for interacting with each other, sharing information and research ideas.


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