My name is Mai Ahmed Daader, I am Egyptian from Cairo, I graduated from the faculty of Commerce/Business Administration. My hobbies are reading, writing, and I love all kinds of arts and creativity. I came to Germany 8 years ago right after I got married to my husband who had been working in Germany since almost 12 years as Electro- Technical Engineer.
How do you like your life in Germany?
Ever since I moved to Germany I fell in love with it 😉
Has your life style changed since you moved to Germany? If yes, how?
I came to Germany right after getting married, so I started my life in Germany with a new social status and a new culture, different country, language, atmosphere…. I had to build everything from the beginning, my new life with my husband, learning German from scratch, and socializing with people and trying to make new friends for me and my children after I became mother.
What is the the first thing you do when you go back to your home country? 😉
First thing that i do is walking in Cairo’s streets and watching the Egyptians, visiting all the places that I love in Egypt with the company of my family and friends. And of course eating oriental food. 😉 And trying to let my children know more about Egypt as they were born in Germany.
Does Germany seem multicultural to you?
Yes it is! I Never thought that I would meet all those nationalities…
Have you ever experienced any cases of discrimination here?
I have my own philosophy in this matter, I believe that it depends on the Person himself, if the person is open to others and doesn’t focus on negativity and doesn’t think a lot about discrimination and things like that, it actually doesn’t come his way, it is like the Force of Attraction 😉 You know, it is impossible to be liked by everyone even if you live in your own country! What if we are talking about the East and the West. We have to admit that people of different cultures are not well educated about each other and this ignorance builds walls, we have to try building bridges instead, whenever we get a chance!
I know it is easier said than done and it requires a lot of patience and trying to go over your Ego, but the results are wonderful!!!
Advice to a new expat in Germany? 😉
Never give up while learning the German Language, it is only a matter of time!
Second advice is to try to always be open and socialize with people.
Third advice is specially for expats who are often victims of stereotypes, please be yourself, and don’t feel that you are always judged, have self-confidence, and be friendly and open.