By Alexandra Banjac, Junior Manager – Academic Relations and Projects
Goodbye Bangalore. These 6 months have passed way too fast. It is hard for me to believe that I am already leaving and that I have accomplished so many things during this short period of time.
Since July, I got the opportunity to be involved in the organization of several events. From a large conference about digital technologies and innovation, a gala event that brought the best of Swiss start-ups to the set-up of an exhibition, I had to make sure that everything worked well on the spot. Additionally, I had the chance to attend lectures and workshops on a wide range of topics I was not really knowledgeable about such as robotics or physics and thus, increase my areas of interests.
Bangalore is definitely the place to be when it comes to innovation but it is even more than that. I have met so many fascinating people here, being students, professors and entrepreneurs working hard to leave a positive footprint. I have been amazed by people’s willingness to change things.
Obviously, I took the opportunity to travel and move around. In India, I have discovered a culture I barely knew about, so complex but so interesting at the same time. What I will remember most are surely the colors, the smells and the energy coming out of this country.
I am very proud to have been a part of the swissnex family, who taught me how to become more knowledgeable and confident about myself. More than colleagues, they have been and will remain friends to me. Plus, this experience would not have been the same without my two awesome flatmates, partners in crime and friends.
Any advices for next interns or anyone visiting Bangalore?
- Enjoy Bengaluru Sunday brunches (and there are a lot of options)
- Explore the city’s more traditional areas, such as Malleshwaram or Basavanagudi
- Find spirituality in Temples
- Have trips to the surroundings such as Bheemeshwari, Nandi Hills, Sakleshpur or Coorg
- Shop in commercial street
- Try all typical Indian food, from the north to the south
- Take Yoga classes at a1000 Yoga
- Enjoy live concerts at Pebbles
- Attend Bangalore crazy parties (until 1am, but still they are crazy)
- Get a Balinese massage at 5th element Spa (ok, it is not typical Indian but it is worth it)
Most importantly, get out of your comfort zone, try different things and meet people. Indians will definitely touch your heart.
In few words, I had an amazing time here in Bangalore and travelling around. I’ll bring back home lots of learnings, smiles and laughs, and awesome memories. Surely, I will miss Bangalore and all the awesome people and friends I have met here.
India, yes, you are incredible!
And now it’s time to move on… Chalo!