A memorable field course

One of the best parts of the MSc in European Forestry program is the European Forestry Field Course during which students get this unique chance to visit different forests and universities across five different countries to learn about the forests, forestry practices and issues, that covers more or less the whole of Europe; Romania in the east to Austria and Germany in the central Europe and France and Spain in the West and Southwestern part of the Europe. The first year in Finland already covers the boreal forests of Northern Europe. I am proud that I got this opportunity. And we travelled the whole month of May, to the abovementioned countries and forests with professors of the consortium universities of the program. Our team is already amazing, with friends from different parts of the world. And then we were visiting together to other parts we had never been to before. So, it was not only forests and the natural resources we learnt about but also new cultures and social lives in different parts of Europe.

[You can click on the stars in the embedded google map and find out more about each consortium universities of the program]

Many times, I remembered that day when I cried alone after getting the email from the coordinator (I was living alone in a room in Kathmandu) where the Erasmus Mundus scholarship was proposed to me.

I created a group blog for our batch; to share the memories, some learnings, some experiences in new places, or just some photo albums and etc. But you can find the posts written only by me as I was the only one posting there (all of us have our own preferences obviously). So in the links below, you can read the country wise blog posts from our field trip. All of the posts were written during the field trip, so the layout, arrangement might not be that impressive. There was no internet everywhere we went. (We are foresters 🙂 ) Somewhere, there were more learnings, at other places more fun, or more field works. But I have edited some of them later after the end of the trip.

So, the posts are not only about forestry but also other aspects of life, like culture, music and so on. I hope you will find something interesting.

Read all the field stories from

Romania – https://europeanforestry.school.blog/category/romania/

Austria – https://europeanforestry.school.blog/category/austria/

France – https://europeanforestry.school.blog/category/france/

Germany – https://europeanforestry.school.blog/category/germany/

Spain – https://europeanforestry.school.blog/category/spain/


The beggar lady who accepts card payment!

Bucharest, Romania.


We (me, Camila, Prakash, Simon, Surya and Trung) were sitting outside a bar as some of them decided to have ‘Shisha’ and some drinks. A lady came nearby to our table and started speaking something in Romanian (?).

“Sorry, English only” I said.

“Could you give some lei please! To buy something to eat”. Oh, she’s smart; she can speak English as well.

She was behind me. I just stayed silent, smiling.

“We do not have cash. Only cards” Camila said.

The lady just vanished.

“That was smart.” We all laughed together. “When did you learn this trick?”

“Already in Brazil.”

After two minutes, the lady reappeared again. “How much could you give?” she asked with a card reader machine on her hand, ready to press the amount. Camila was shocked.

“One cent”

Mumbling, the lady vanished again!


[The reappearance of the lady with a card reader is just a joke we created. We have no intention to hurt/offend anybody]