1000+ Words

Curious to read longer stories and interviews about extraordinary and outstanding expatriates in Germany? 1000+ words is the place for you!

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Breakfast with Sam

Sam Carter isn’t just like many young chefs in Cologne. Sam is 31. He hails from King’s Lynn, England. He developed a late love for food and began cooking in Vancouver only about 7 years ago. He never actually went to a culinary school, but happens to work professionally as...
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I want to inspire people and Germany!

My name is Liubov Lyubinskaya (Luba in short) and I am originally from Moldavia, currently settled in a fantastic city of Berlin. I like to call myself a hybrid artist: an actress, a model, a creative director and a singer. In 1993 during the civil war in my home country,...
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Best quotes on German experience

If you missed some of our great stories, enjoy this funny, great, inspiring and beautiful collection of quotes from the intentional community we have interviewed for you. Here we have chosen only some of our favourite lines that you’ll definitely won’t forget!
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The Klezmer Gentiles

An interview is never one-sided – in fact, it is a constructive conversation. I am as much a part of this piece as the artist who answered my questions. Without the contributions of the other, individual statements would hold little significance. So thanks, Soli, for letting me share our conversation. The...
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3 ways to gain control of intercultural clashes

Have you ever lived in a country where time and again you rubbed against the local way of living and behaving? Where you thought that you could never really feel at home? And where maybe you even experienced a bit of scorn against this country and its people? This is...
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It is a complete necessity!

Do you still feel yourself Russian? I get this question a lot… simply because I moved to Germany very young…I actually went to the kindergarten and school in Russia… I identify myself as being Russian in Germany, for example, if there is something about Russia in the news, I am...
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20 things you will love in Germany

I know, I know some of you probably had or still have an image of Germany as a grey, rainy and industrialised place, but hey there are lots of great things about living here as well and today we’d like to share 20 things you will definitely love about Germany!!! Of course,...
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Musician full-time

You know, my composition teacher actually once told me: “Your way of composing music sounds very German…. you are composing some very structured German flamenco.” Cristian Varas  Musician full-time Why would anyone decide to quit a good job of an IT professional nowadays? Why would anyone want to quit the...
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Priceless experiences and reasons to stay

I’ve learned from my experience that the earlier you start taking an interest in the local culture and participating in local life, the easier the integration process is. In a way you have to let this new culture in, to be open to it. Maybe the integration process doesn’t necessarily...
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Three Dimensions of Integration

Immigrant integration and identity can be very personal subjects and not everyone wishes for their views and experiences to be made public. Though all the stories in this interview are true, names and some cities have been changed to protect the artist’s identity, per his request.
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I am more comfortable here then in the States

My name is Janice Harrington. I am a singer of Jazz, Blues and Gospel, producer and actress. I am an American, but I currently reside in the quaint city of Lüneburg, Germany, with my German husband, the talented trombone player and piano-builder Werner Guertler. My international career began in 1969 with tours for the USO...
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The Taxi Driver

Had I hopped into Orhan’s taxi en route to the airport, I likely would’ve assumed he was Turkish and left it at that. He might have asked me where I was flying to and I might have commented on the weather. He would’ve pulled my suitcase out of the trunk...
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Freedom of dance in Germany

But frankly, living in Berlin is not so different as living in Seoul or any other big city. Wooguru  Freedom of dance in Germany I have never met Woooguru in person, Dario-Jacopo Laganà, an Italian photographer in Berlin, also featured on multicoolty, introduced me to him via email. He said:...
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Elephant in Berlin

We photographers are watching the world from a different perspective, we have no ideological or cultural backgrounds, we have nothing to face or regret, we don’t say what is good or bad, we just watch and capture the moment. Dario-Jacopo Laganà  Elephant in Berlin Unsurprising to many, Berlin is home...
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Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate

My German is getting better because of Ali… A friendship of no happenstance. Meet Ali and Zoe.  Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate by Kelly Miller from Collidoscope Berlin You may have heard of them. Zoe takes pictures of Ali while walking down the street and posts them on her...
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