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Delicious food

There you go! We have delicious food over here: chicken chops and lamb skewers! Come on, folks! Multicoolty tour on Birlikte art and culture festival
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It comes from Italy

Flea markets are insanely popular in Germany. For different reasons, of course! For example, look at that: it is a collector’s item. There’s only one of these and it comes from Italy. These days you don’t find so much good quality handicraft products or it is simply too expensive. Here...
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So much fun

Why are Germans so fond of  the flea markets? The lady on the left: “I think because it is simply so much fun to quarry for something.” The lady on the right: “People spend good time with their friends and additionally you can sell things that you know exactly where...
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Different concept of time

Where are you from? I am from Morocco…. and Germany. I am a little bit of both (laughing – ed.). Do you feel more Moroccan or German? It is actually a difficult question. I am thinking in German and feeling in Moroccan. People are different in the two countries. In Germany...
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If only I had blond hair…

I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I have been here for 30 years. I cannot imagine living in Turkey all the time. They live differently over there, they have a different social life – a totally different way of living. Do you feel more Turkish or German then? It is...
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A beautiful collision

I don’t think there’s another city in Germany that is as multikulti as Cologne. Here different cultures and religions are colliding – normally it works out just fine. However, we have to figure out some solution that fits everyone in situations where there’s a high potential of conflicts. What do...
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Romantic Germany

I have lived in Germany for five and a half years and it is wonderful. I love Germany! I’m in love with my husband and we have two beautiful children. I never thought Germany is romantic, but it is to me because my husband is German. I never thought I...
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A late registration

Here in Germany you have to register yourself in the city you are living in. After two years I thought: “OK, I’ll do it.” I arrived in the city hall and announced to the official there that I would like to register myself after two years. He was speechless… totally...
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Reality of life

I find it nice that people from different countries come to Cologne and gladly even come back to Cologne. What do you think of multiculturalism? It’s the reality of our everyday life. I personally find it good and I’m glad there’s cultural exchange. However, I think that there are problems...
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Going by the rules

I started working in Germany in 1980. I came originally because I studied German in London. I felt at home very quickly. However, on a personal level I do feel sometimes that Germans can be a bit uptight and super formal. They like to go by the rules more than...
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Shine in Germany

Here in Europe, it is believed that everybody has a special gift that if discovered, can be used to change lives. Doreen Nabwire Kenyan pioneer female professional football star shines in Germany by Christine Bukania She is better known as Kenya’s first professional female football star and the first woman...
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Not always a victim

In Morocco I studied German and I wanted to experience it in the field, to see it with my own eyes. I first came to Germany in 1996 for a student exchange in Marburg. I found everything fascinating. Everything was different from what I had learned. After I moved to...
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Don’t generalise!

I don’t think that people from different nationalities are so different. There are good and bad people here like anywhere else. Sometimes it is generalised or emphasised too much, but you cannot generalise a nationality. My one advice to people would be: Don’t generalise! Is it often generalised here in...
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Optimistic about the future

There is a common stereotype about Afghanistan in Europe, which disturbs me. When I say to Germans that I come from Afghanistan, often the reaction is: Ach so! (Oh so! – ed.) Or Wirklich? (Really? – ed.) Then I need to explain the situation. Actually there are people here in...
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Greeted with open arms

I have lived abroad and know how it feels like to be a foreigner. When you don’t understand the language one hundred per cent, then you feel a bit lost. It is amazing, despite that you will be greeted with open arms. However, it is clear that no matter where you...
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Dreaming of a pair of jeans

“To cramp yourself in the nationality is, in my opinion, stupid. I think nationality, as a concept, is outdated. I think it will play smaller and smaller role in our lives. Of course, it’s different when a country is still fighting for its independence, but over here in Europe….” Konstantin...
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Hide it in a book

My first culture shock was on the train where people mind their own business: they don’t talk to each other, even if they sit next to each other. Instead they like reading a lot. (laughing – ed.) Where I come from, from Lusaka, Zambia, you socialize a lot. Here everybody...
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Friends for life

My name is Ingrid. I lived in Germany for two and a half years: first in Berlin and then two years in Düsseldorf. Now I’m back in Estonia, but I do feel that a part of me still lives here in Germany in my memories. For me the best part...
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Becoming more open

I’m glad that the German society is changing and becoming more multicultural. I like that. It changes things, it makes people more open-minded. What do you think of the debate that German multiculturalism has failed? I don’t think it has failed. It just needs time, because German society has been...
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Friendly people

What can I say, Germans are friendly and kind people – especially during the Karneval time. Compared to Estonia… people are everywhere more cheerful than in Estonia. Can I quote you on that? If you want. It’s true.
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