The Russians

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Great German organisation!

My name is Anna (originally from Moscow, Russia) and I am a PhD student in Heidelberg. Before coming to Germany, I had applied to many european universities and only in Germany I got a very good scholarship to acquire a PhD in biology and bioinformatics. I’m enjoying every day of...
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I did everything to integrate myself…

I have been living in Germany a little bit more than a year and I only now realise how difficult it was to leave everything behind in Russia and start a new life in a completely different culture with new  beliefs and habits. I initially did everything to integrate myself…whatever...
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From Kazan to Augsburg

Hello, my name is Almira. I moved to Germany from Russia about 13 years ago and I now live in Augsburg, Bavaria. For several years I have been working as a doctor at a hospital here in Bavaria. What do you miss the most about your home country? I miss...
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You can make it work!

I come from Moscow (no, I was not born there 😉 ), where I had a  successful career in a big international company. I got married to my great German husband 😉 and moved to Hamburg when I was 27 years old. When I came here I found myself in some sort of  a “stupor”!...
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Russia is not an exception

In general, Germans are very friendly to all nationalities, Russia is not an exception. The only thing that bothers me here is a certain social isolation…perhaps it is not only peculiar to Germany, but to all EU countries. In Germany home and family are the most important things: friends, neighbours, colleagues and other acquaintances...
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What more can you ask for from a big city?!

My name is Andrey and i am originally from Moscow (Russian Federation). I only moved to Berlin over a year ago due to my new job in automative industry. I studied English and German at school, that helped initially 😉 Berlin is a very green city, you feel it the moment...
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Problems renting an apartment

My name is Inna and I am originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. My husband’s job brought us to Berlin about a year ago. It was not easy, especially at the beginning…we actually had problems finding an apartment. German owners seem to be very cautious when it comes to renting to foreign...
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Tastes of Home: What food do I bring from Russia?!

After your family and friends, food probably comes second on the list of things you miss the most from your home country. I can almost bet to find some food items in your luggage when you travel back to your “adopted” country where you reside now 😉 … Alright, as...
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Everything works

I am just visiting my daughter, originally from Russia, who lives in Cologne with her German husband. What are your first impressions of the city? Well…everything works!
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Too much to handle

My name is Sveta and I originally come from Russia, where I actually reside now. I spent one year as au-pair in Berlin a few years ago. I was not happy with my host family and that made my German experience worse….Berlin is definitely a nice city, but the German society...
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True Russian

During my first months in Germany, I once introduced myself as “Ich bin eine saubere Russin” (I am a clean Russian – ed.). All I wanted to say was that I was a true Russian… 😉
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The German Dream

Hello, my name is Natalja, I am from sunny Krasnodar. Have you ever heard of this city? Exactly 😉  Sochi, which became famous for the Olympic Games in 2014, is located in Krasnodar Krai. I came to Germany to get my Master’s Degree in Linguistics at Humboldt University of Berlin. If you...
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My second home

Hello there, my name is Marina. Originally, I come from Maykop – the capital city of the Republic of Adygea, Russia. It is a very peaceful place, where the sun shines almost all year round and it never rains. Probably, that’s why I am always so cheerful, easy-going and actually...
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Photohead

My name is Sergej, I am 37. I was born in Irkutsk, Russia and currently live in Berlin. I am a professional photographer. I came to Germany in 1998 because my ancestors were Germans. What was the worst experience in Germany so far? I’d say various German “Amte”: public offices, institutions and...
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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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Berliner by choice

Hi there! My name is Max, I’m a “Wahl Berliner” (Berliner by choice – ed.) since 2007. Probably the easiest way to describe myself is to say that I am German with international background. I was born and raised in a German family, in a small Asian country Kyrgyzstan. Now...
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Season’s Greetings

Warm wishes for Christmas and New Year from Inga, Eve, Nasima and our expat dog Buddy! We are on a multicoolty-break for the next couple of weeks, enjoying our home countries! See you next year!
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