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Only the best for Christmas

We have been working here every year since the first Christmas market was organised in Neumarkt. It has been over 40 years! We are very happy to do this every year. It has become our tradition: our parents started it and now we have our children working with us. I always stay here the whole...
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Christmas market selection procedure

You have to submit an application and go through strict selection procedure to get a stand on a Christmas market. You present your product to a marketing team and then they choose, which products suite their market concept the best. This trademark got selected because it is all handcraft and it has a great design. It is...
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Christmas atmosphere

We have many people visiting from France, Italy, Iran, Switzerland and other countries. I think people like to buy presents on Christmas markets because here you can find products that you don’t find elsewhere during the year. I like it very much – all the lights and nice stands. I enjoy this atmosphere...
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Not really a big culture shock

My name is Zia, I am a student in Bremen, and I originally come from Indonesia. I learned German at school and had a couple of German friends when I was an exchange student in the US. I have always wanted to come to Germany, so when I finished high...
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The dressmaker

In Turkey men are the dressmakers. I’m making wedding dresses and evening dresses. I’m doing this job already for 30 years. It’s always interesting and it never gets boring: there are new people, new characters and new designs all the time. I simply love my job! What do you find difficult in...
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I was forced to resign…

I am Kurdish, from Iraq. When I came here I had a job right away. But then, they do not want to keep people over two years with steady contracts, because they would have to pay too much taxes. During the two years I never took a sick leave or...
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High-quality products

In my youth Germany was a popular tourist destination for Belgians. Everybody went to Monschau, Aachen and Cologne. Germany was also well known for high-quality products. For example, cameras. My first camera was a Voigtländer. Back then the tailors valued also solid Solingen scissors – they were without equal. And...
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More than one home

 What do you like in Germany? I like the trust between people over here. The longer I stay in Germany, the more naive I become, the more I trust people. Chinese economy is growing, but the trust between people is collapsing. Chinese distrust strangers. In China there is growing distrust...
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Taste of Turkey

I came to Germany in 1974 with my father and started working in a factory. It was a difficult time. There were no Turkish specialties available over here and at the same time we did not have the right to start importing Turkish products. In our documents it was clearly...
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Dreaming to get back

I am from Iran. I came to Germany with my family because of the political problems. Of course, I am missing my home country, but, unfortunately, I cannot go back. I am actually not allowed to go back. I don’t know how much longer it is going to last before...
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Hermann Hesse and his genius

Life has somehow always taken me to Germany. I started to learn German in the school and during the high school years I was an exchange student. At that time it wasn’t very common in Estonia. I feel at home in Germany. I understand the system. I have friends over...
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No jobs in Bulgaria

I didn’t have a job in Bulgaria. Because of that I decided four years ago to come to Germany together with my daughter. Here I found a job right away.
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To Russia with Love

I come from Turkey and have been here for 12 years. However, I worked for eight years in Moscow…you know as an electrician. Sometimes I still do it for a change even in Germany. I have also been to St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov, Sochi, Arkhangelsk – there it was very...
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A real TV star

Do you know that this is a very famous cat? How come? She has been on German TV already twice! A real TV star! By the way, she simply came to us in this shop about seven years ago and lied down exactly where you see her right now. And...
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Easier than I thought

What do you like about Germany? The whole society. The living standards. Over here you don’t need as much good connections (Vitamin B) as you do in China. It’s much easier over here. Plus I have enough time to meet my friends. In China people have been treated more like...
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The worst German experience

What do you like the most about Germany? I like the nature. There’s less traffic, there are less people. Clean air! It’s very clean compared to Jakarta. Tell us a German experience? Good or bad? Whichever you prefer… Ok, the worst experience I had was on my first week in Germany. We...
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American sense of humor

You have lived in Germany most of your life. Do you feel more German or American? I am definitely American. Certain characteristics such as the American sense of humor will never be lost to me nor a certain easy look on life, which seems typical to many of my US...
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I have a dream

Germany is a well-developed country. Maybe in 20-30 years China will be on the same level where Germany is at the moment. The German cars are very sought-after in China – for example, Audi. But over here they are so cheap! It’s unbelievable! I have a crazy idea connected to...
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Young again

I was a mining engineer for twenty years in Kazakhstan. I came to Germany when I was 51, already a pensioner and everyone was telling me that I was still a young man. So I started acting like a young man – now look at me! I’m 62 but I feel...
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The Bulgarian on the streets

I have been here for six years already. I still haven’t managed to learn German fluently, but I do speak Turkish. I work in different bars, where most of the clients are Turkish. Come over we have live Bulgarian music every weekend.
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