My name is David and I’m 29 years old, I was  born in Sicily, but I am currently living in Mainz, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany.

I had already planned to travel abroad quite for some time, but because of work commitments, family and indecision on where to go, I was always putting it off. Eventually, in December 2013 the choice fell on Germany. I started studying the basics of German and finally came the long-awaited date: July 1, 2014. With 500 Euros in my pocket and with one-way flight Bergamo- Frankfurt-Hahn, then direct bus to Mainz… I started my new journey.

What prompted you to go abroad?

As mentioned before, the desire to leave the country was already in my head for some time. I always felt “inadequate” in the place where I lived. All my friends, relatives, acquaintances are often not Italians…. Don’t get me wrong, but my attitudes and ways of doing things have never been very Italian….

What do you like in Germany?

I do like Mainz a lot! 😉  It is a great city, generally, quite clean with lots of activities and attractions around. The transport system allows you not to feel the need to have a car and it is very efficient. The city is full of history and nature. The people are friendly and yes a little conservative…. but it does not bother me! It is also a truly multicultural city, there are many “well-integrated” in my opinion ethnicities. It is a great place for young people, there are the schools / universities and you can really learn every type of profession. I dare say, an almost ideal city.

What i don’t like in Germany? Mmmm….. bureaucratic loops sometimes without solutions, but this is a real German problem…. the lack of capacity of the Germans in solving problems. They do not know how to handle the unexpected ;-), they are too “linear” about certain things.


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