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Optimistic about the future

There is a common stereotype about Afghanistan in Europe, which disturbs me. When I say to Germans that I come from Afghanistan, often the reaction is: Ach so! (Oh so! – ed.) Or Wirklich? (Really? – ed.) Then I need to explain the situation. Actually there are people here in...
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Absolutely no expectations

I’m a British girl who studied Japanese and English teaching at university, then went on to be a junior high school teacher in Japan for a few years after graduation. After the tsunami happened, I thought it’s probably best if I returned back to somewhere closer to home, but I...
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My home

I come from Turkey. I have lived here for 22 years. How is life in Cologne? Optimal. Why? Because people are not that arrogant. They have this positive attitude. You can have a friendly chat with everyone. Life is not that bad over here. It is actually very good. I...
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Happy Easter

Our office Easter Bunny wishes all the multicoolties out there a very Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern! Buona Pasqua! Христос Воскрес! Joyeuses Pâques! ¡Felices Pascuas!
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Say yes to everything

I’m Rachel, originally from Shropshire in England, now living in Munich in beautiful Bavaria. I studied French and German at uni, and spent some time living in Paris, and then Tübingen in the southwest of Germany. Paris was wintery, vast, sprawling and taciturn and Tübingen was the complete opposite. I...
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Basically for adventure

I’m American, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Munich, Germany. I moved here, basically for adventure. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to live in Germany per se, but I wanted to live abroad and...
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A British national sport

I’m a 35-year-old Brit from London with qualifications in literature and psychology and a rather varied working background in music, television, neuroscience and all manner of things in between. My passions, however, lie in travel, writing and food, and with my blog, I’m able to focus on these (albeit not...
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Cologne’s impressive history

Cologne’s impressive history really stood out for me as a visitor. The monumental and UNESCO landmark, Kölner Dom, is just the tip of the iceberg that can lead to exciting explorations throughout the city. I loved seeing the excavated and structural remains of the Roman Empire and walking through streets...
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Greeted with open arms

I have lived abroad and know how it feels like to be a foreigner. When you don’t understand the language one hundred per cent, then you feel a bit lost. It is amazing, despite that you will be greeted with open arms. However, it is clear that no matter where you...
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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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Hide it in a book

My first culture shock was on the train where people mind their own business: they don’t talk to each other, even if they sit next to each other. Instead they like reading a lot. (laughing – ed.) Where I come from, from Lusaka, Zambia, you socialize a lot. Here everybody...
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My own little spot

My name is Pam and I was born in Boston, but have lived in California, Connecticut and Utah a couple of times. In 2012 my husband’s job brought us to Cologne and we really like it here. When we first came here the biggest struggle was, believe it or not,...
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Bored without international flare

My name is Inge and I am German from Cologne. Actually, Cologne and Nairobi are the places where I feel home. I used to be a foreign correspondent and lived in various countries like Scandinavia, Japan and Kenya. I was a promoter of my country abroad, I was very German,...
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How things are done

I am an American living in Germany since 2007. I like fantasy novels and board games. I recently self-published a fantasy novella as an e-book and am working on the next in the series. I live in Freiburg with my wife, also an American. My life has changed here a...
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Germans don’t beat about the bush

My name is Amy and I am English. My partner’s job brought us to Germany a year ago. Cologne, in comparison to Amsterdam, might be a bit gloomy and not so pleasant on the eye, but it does not disturb me anymore. The longer I stay the better it gets!...
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Friends for life

My name is Ingrid. I lived in Germany for two and a half years: first in Berlin and then two years in Düsseldorf. Now I’m back in Estonia, but I do feel that a part of me still lives here in Germany in my memories. For me the best part...
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Dream came true

My name is Imran and I come from Pakistan. I remember we were really poor when I was in the seventh grade, so I would borrow a radio from my neighbours and climb the tallest building in the neighbourhood to listen to the Western Radio like Deutsche Welle. Already back...
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Becoming more open

I’m glad that the German society is changing and becoming more multicultural. I like that. It changes things, it makes people more open-minded. What do you think of the debate that German multiculturalism has failed? I don’t think it has failed. It just needs time, because German society has been...
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No war

My name is Alexander and I am originally from Nadym, Russia. I have been living in Germany since 14 years already. My wife is Ukrainian and my parents-in-law still live there. We currently travel to Ukraine more than two times a year, but it used to be even more often….I...
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What to do?

My name is Alexander and I am from Köln, but was born in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. I think referendum in Crimea is illegal and as a result this region will most likely become another “black hole” like Abkhazia or South Ossetia. It looks like Vladimir Putin wants a new USSR?! Russia...
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