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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Like mother like daughter

My name is Rhea Boyden and I was born in Ireland in 1975 to American parents and spent much of my childhood moving back and forth between Ireland and the United States. When my parents separated, my mother left Ireland and was always a bit of a wanderer, ever in...
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Bass and more

It was always fun to make music, I never really though from the start: “I am going to be a professional musician”. It’s just that I started playing in all kinds of bands and before I knew it I was playing every night of the week. It just seemed so...
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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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The grocery bag

The Germans are in reality easy to please; they are overwhelmed and proud if you try to speak German, even if it’s a broken one. Cyril Anne Wussow 
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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 I think nationality, as a concept, is outdated.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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Eat with Janick Cox

One of the things that surprises me in Germany is how many bio supermarkets there are. But how can you have mass-produced bio products? What’s the value of bio then? Janick Cox  
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Blinding stereotypes

Any stereotype can be dismantled simply through getting to know the people as individuals. And they will tell you how typical Russian, Italian or German they are, but if we are not careful enough, stereotypes can very quickly become a negative thing. And it blinds us rather than opens our eyes....
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A labour of love in Germany

There is too much negative coverage of migrants, either as criminals or people who only depend on the social system. With this kind of perception, it is hard to find people who take you seriously. Rachel Mwakazi 
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Jazzing in a free world

Being a foreigner is never easy. You can be a genius but the chances that you remain unnoticed in Germany are high. You know, it does not disturb me anymore. I have learnt, after 10 years in Austria and 15 years in Germany, to accept and to adjust. However, I...
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More global than Indian

How does it feel to be an Indian woman in Germany? Well, my fundamental identity is not my nationality, although I know that’s how most people perceive me. I think the chances I have had in life make me feel more global than Indian. Of course, I am proud to...
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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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