25 years old, Yannick Rogge, a civil engineer from Germany, decided to back pack and come to India and has been travelling all over the country. I happened to catch up with him on my personal backpacking trip to Hampi. A young and exuberant student has already completed traversing his home continent of Europe and is now expanding his horizons. He has always believed that traveling gives one freedom and education, which cannot be imparted at institutions.
Many visitors travel to the mystic land of India for soul searching, but most Indians however undermine the importance of travel. Here are excerpts from a laid-back conversation with the young traveler.
What brought you here to India?
I wanted a break away from home and an opportunity to refresh myself. I wanted to diversify my horizons about cultural, personal and social aspects on a whole new level. Learning keeps us young and alive. Sharing experience is one of the best ways of learning.
How did you manage to fund this trip?
When I was 20 years old, I left home decided to stay alone. That is when I had to do compulsory social work for 9 months. With two part-time jobs I had to work very hard at night clubs. That’s how I managed to save for my education as well as my travel.
Do you like Indian food?
Oh! I love Indian food. I think it’s of the best cuisines. The spices in the food don’t bother me at all, in fact I find them very delicious. (I knew he really enjoyed spicy food as I saw him savoring roti and kadai paneer while we spoke).
Where did you land first in India and which part of India has been your favorite?
I landed in Mumbai from Germany, I traveled up to Rajasthan where I’ve been to Jaipur, Agra, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mount abu and down south I’ve been to Goa, Gokarna, Cochin, Madurai, Kodaikanal and Bangalore.
Among the cities, I preferred Mumbai. Apart from that Goa has had a major impact on me and it has gained a spot as my favorite place in India. Anjuna beach is just amazing with the party vibe and the wonderful people. Hampi, on the other hand is perfect for a peaceful time. I will definitely be coming back to India within 6 months.
What are your hobbies, apart from traveling of course?
I like skate boarding and photography.
What’s your next destination?
Gokarna. I’ve heard it’s a nice place to just live in peace. Very shanti shanti! (We all burst out laughing at his comment)
Why would you recommend we visit Germany?
You need to visit Germany if you want to see beautiful country sides. Winters are beautiful as everything looks white. Best season to visit Germany is however during the spring which is from March- June and the temperatures goes up to 30 degrees.
There are big beaches in the northern sea, beautiful mountains and nightlife. Berghain techno club, in Berlin has topped the DJ mag list of top 100 clubs. The club is a beauty at nights- a must see. Best cities to stay in are Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne.
German beer and Brown bread sandwiches are highly recommended when you are in Germany.
It’s a stigma in India that traveling is a luxury only the rich can afford. What do you have to say about that?
Of course not! I think you can easily afford to travel. It just depends on the way you want to spend the money. Lots of people spend money on unnecessary stuff. But when you really want to travel you will find a way channel your money towards this endeavor