I came to Germany from Great Britain more than 40 years ago as a volunteer with the program called “Help your brother” and stayed for good. Most of the time I was a school secretary in Michaelshoven. I definitely feel integrated into the society, mainly through sport, my voluntary work and gardening. I am British, but I am also German, especially when I go back to Britain….I actually think you are never 100% sure where you belong to.
What is typically German for you?
Reliability and punctuality.
What has changed in Germany since you came here 40 years ago?
It is getting dirtier. It is still cleaner in respect to the UK or any other EU country, but still dirtier.
Do you think Germany is a multicultural society?
Yes, now it is. When I first arrived, people in shops and public offices were a bit “difficult” if you could not understand them. Now it is different. As far as I am concerned, the multicultural society must work. The more multikulti the better.
Do you understand German humour?
Yes, I believe, I do. Have you ever heard of Loriot? He was a very famous German comedian and had done some wonderful sketches. I have become too German to understand modern British comedy.
What do you miss about the UK?
It’s a difficult question. I have been living in Germany for so long…. I miss the Fish&Chips!
How would you describe yourself?
I do not know. My friends describe me as a very brave person, but I do not think so. If an opportunity comes I just take it and see how it works.