I guess every Erasmus student has a lot of free time. I personally had too much free time. Sure it was cool at the beginning, especially after the last stressful examination period at my home university in Karlsruhe, Germany. But after two months partying and hanging around during the day I needed to find something to do, otherwise I would feel like I waste my lifetime. One day, I was hanging around at the Bosphorus, I remembered how much problems I had finding an accommodation before coming to Istanbul.
.Then I had the idea to creating an Erasmus student accommodation platform. I thought that the whole process could be made more safer and easier than it currently was. In the next upcoming days this idea was stucking in my head like a parasite. I even dreamed in the nights about it. Since I always wanted to create something on my own and I had a lot of free time, I decided to turn my idea into reality
I shared my idea with a Turkish friend from university and together we started our little project. The time after this was more exciting than all the Erasmus parties I went before. Day to day we came together and worked on our project. Of course it was not always that easy, especially when we tried to explain something to each other in English, but the other couldn’t understand. But the start up spirit combined with the easy Erasmus lifestyle was a wonderful combination.
Now my Erasmus is over and I can look back to two great semesters. I met a lot of people from all over the world and traveled to many places. But the coolest thing of all is: I still have my website and it will always remember me about my great Erasmus. This is how I spent my free time in Erasmus.
About the author: Nico spent his last two semester as an Erasmus student in Istanbul. He still lives in Istanbul and is currently not thinking about going back to his home country Germany. He feels weird writing about himself in the 3rd person, but admits that is sounds slightly more epic.