Where are you from?
I am from the city of Mumbai. It might be the most populated city, but that is what makes it the best Indian city to live in – its people. The warmth in its people is sometimes even stronger than its tropical weather. This is where you also find the best street food (which is what, sometimes, I miss more than my family).
How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
I'm now 32. In the year 2017, when turning 30, there were a lot of things I was contemplating in my career until this opportunity worked out. In the past two years, I have been in Frankfurt, I have done many things that I never imagined back then.
Hallo! This is Vishal here from Frankfurt (@shahvis ) and this week I’ll be taking over @thelocalgermany Instagram handle, to show you the city from my lens? I like to think of Frankfurt as a city of contrasts, amidst the skyscrapers lies the peace; but it is much more than the busiest airport city of Germany?? I have been working here for the past 2 years as a Marketing Manager for (you guessed it) a financial company? having moved from Mumbai, India and have been exploring the city and its neighbourhood?? If I had to explain this in my profession’s language: Frankfurt’s charm is in the hidden gems that it does not market. These are the places where you see the true Hessen culture, experience the local delicacy Grüne sauce?, sip the Apfel wine ?, spend your day by the Main river or explore the forest in Taunus region ? I am hoping by the end of this week, I can surprise you with a few pictures, snippets and stories from this diversely populated city ?#frankfurt #frankfurtgermany #mygermany #thelocalgermany #germany?? #hessen #apfelwein #citybeachfrankfurt??☀️? #thelocaleurope #frankfurtliebe #expatlife #meinfrankfurt #deutschland
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When I am not being Digital Marketing Manager-EMEA for my company, I like to spend time going to meetups; interacting with people from different cultures (and explaining that not all Indians in Germany are into IT business).
I also enjoy walking by the Main river sipping the heavenly beer, visiting the fitness studio (might seem a norm here, but I never did that back in Mumbai after renewing the membership for 5 years), watching a lot of thriller TV shows and exploring restaurants in and around the city while trying to find vegetarian options.
When and why did you move to your city/neighbourhood?
First few days when I was in Frankfurt, I ended up seeing a lot of great apartments in different residential areas. A lot of apartments caught my fancy, but my criterion was mind boggling for the agents and the landlords in this part of the world.
Can there be a hidden spot right in the middle of the city center? Frankfurt believes there can be. Want to get a great view of Frankfurt Skyline. City has got you covered. Galleria Kaufhof offers a perfect view and with the right lights, you cannot give this spot a miss. And this picture was taking during the 2018 Christmas markets and that itself has magical feel to it. #mygermany #thelocalgermany #frankfurt #galeriakaufhof #lights #sunset #skyline #360view #city #frankfurtliebe
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A simple statement was far beyond the understanding of many, and I quote myself – ‘I love the apartment, but the surrounding area seems very quiet’. I could see their eyes twirling and the expression on their face of seeing a dumb-natured person standing in front of them. Of course, those who have never been to Mumbai don’t realize the importance of noise to get a sound sleep.
What do you love the most about your city/neighbourhood?
Nordend-west has been my love ever since I moved for all the right reasons. I found an apartment right opposite the ‘U-Bahn’ station (some call it a tram station, don’t know why).
I love how there are a lot of great restaurants and wine bars, a stone’s throw away (a stone would literally hit the restaurant owner, if I aimed it from the apartment balcony). It took me more time to get out of my office building in Mumbai than it takes to reach my workplace from home in Frankfurt.
Nordend has the right mix of green and grey. A lot of buildings that have retained the Gothic architecture and are an absolute delight to look at or walk by and a lot of green areas.
Supermarkets are so close that one can reach them even in a tipsy state. The bar right below my apartment serves more beer than I could count with my fingers and toes combined. Bonus – two shops are open seven days of the week (I know, it still surprises me whenever I pass by these shops on a Sunday).
What annoys you the most about your neighbourhood?
Really difficult to point fingers but I would go out on a limb to say, it is the rent (landlord, are you listening?). Other than that, I really cannot think of anything that annoys me in Nordend.
Oh, the #museumsuferfest! This festival in Frankfurt by the #mainriver is such a delight! Every year when the sun is behaving it's best, the city celebrates this festival with food, music stalls placed on both sides of the river. There is not a dull moment! (picture by: @shahvis , never adds filter) Don't go by the name, because it has nothing to do with art (luckily) and I just think it is celebrating the great weather and the smile it brings on everyone's face #frankfurt #mygermany #thelocalgermany #thelocaleurope #river #summerfestival #festival #sunset
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How should I spend a day in your neighbourhood?
It is an area which no one will tell you to visit when in Frankfurt because it is not touristy. However, if I was your tourist guide, I would tell you the following – start your day with some delightful breakfast at Glauburg Café or Milch und Zucker, then take a walk by a street that gives you the feel of old-town charm yet modern architecture.
Experience some of the best falafel in town at Aromas, visit the Holzhausen park, don’t forget to try the lip smacking ice-cream at Eis Christina and end your day at one of the many bars in the area.
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your neighbourhood?
Seven minutes is all it takes to reach the Nordend area of Frankfurt. Why do I mention this here, you ask? Internet search engines usually succeed in showing you the right route to reach you destination, but they have something personal towards my neighbourhood and they fail to show the shortest route.
It does not take 26 minutes to reach Nordend from the centre – only seven minutes.