Went into the University for the first time

I went into the university for the first time today. It is less than a kilometer from the apartment. I had to go there to finalize certain documents regarding my accomodation. I arrived at the university during the lunch time and hence I had to wait for a couple of hours for the office staffs to return. During the time, I roamed around the campus. The place is aesthetically pleasing, however, it is pretty small, especially since where I did my bachelor's, IIT Patna, had a campus spread across over 500 acres. I also went to the nearby Lidl to get a few frozen pizzas. I had that for lunch, evening snack and dinner. I had thought about cooking something for dinner, but I felt a bit lazy to do the same. However, I did modify the last frozen pizza by adding some mushrooms, pizza sauce and pepper. I think this could be a good trick moving forward - buy a few frozen pizzas and chopped vegetables from Lidl and fuse them. I think this would make the pizzas a bit more healthier and the effor

Preparing my journey to Switzerland

My master's program in Computational Science at Universit√† della Svizzera italiana is scheduled to start in the third week of September. I have already scheduled my flights and I shall be arriving in Zurich on the 15th. Since my last day at MathWorks is done, the only task that I have left to do is preparing for the journey: packing, getting the papers in order, purchasing the currency, etc.

I have been informed that Switzerland is an expensive country to live in. Since I am planning on living mostly on what I have saved in the past couple of years, I have been looking into estimating the approximate living expenses that I would encounter.

For starters, I have been trying to find the sweet spot between good nutrition, less expensive and easy to cook food. I was informed that there is a Lidl supermarket less than a kilometer from the university and it offers grocery products for a cheap price. I found Lidl Switzerland's website to have an understanding of the price for different items and I find that it is cheaper for a vegetarian to live in Switzerland than a non-vegetarian. Perhaps I should reconsider my dietary habits. I have also been looking into different recipes on YouTube that I could potentially cook at low effort.

I have started packing, and I am trying to see how much masalas and spices I can fit in. I have heard that these could be either expensive or unavailable in Switzerland. Chicken masala, biriyani masala and coriander powder has been procured in huge quantities along with ginger garlic paste, chilly powder and turmeric powder. I also need to pack my clothes. I hope I would be able to find the right amount of quantities that I need to take for each items.

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