I began my scientific career in Germany in 2010 when I embarked on a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HLR) in Bad Nauheim. I recently moved to LMU in Munich. My experience so far has been wonderful. I have received unparalleled academic training, supplemented with many opportunities to improve upon essential soft skills. As an Indian, the cultural exchange has been interesting and sometimes challenging. Overall, it has been a great experience. It has opened my eyes to the world and my colleagues’ eyes to an India that is beyond snake charmers and elephants!