My name is Julien. I was born in São Paolo, but moved around a lot in Brazil. I am half German as well, but only on papers. I have lived in Germany two and a half years in total (during two periods). I studied journalism in Brazil and I made up my mind to learn more about the culture of my German family and came to Berlin.

What was the most difficult struggle in Germany?

The weather (laughing – ed.). I came in winter and it was really hard to get used to the dark, cold and gloomy Berlin winter. The second winter I got tired a lot, so I went to Brazil 🙂

Do you feel integrated in Germany?

I’d say not as much as I would like to.

What do you mean?

I can’t say, for example, that I have a good German friend yet… Living in Bonn and working at Deutsche Welle you meet and make friends with people from all over the world. It’s normal and I am sure I will feel more integrated one day.

Is Germany a multicultural society?

The places I know, like Berlin and Bonn, definitely yes.

What do you miss the most from your home country?

I think two things: my friends and doing things in the Brazilian way…I mean the spontaneity.

How to summarize your experience here?

Professionalism, punctuality (I’ve learnt to be very punctual) and being independent.