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I miss the spicy food and adda

What do you miss about Bangladesh? I came to Bonn only six months ago and I really like it here, but I miss my family, Bengali spicy food and the „adda“, which means when people gather together to chat and gossip.
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Difference needs to be appreciated

My name is Liz and I am English. My husband’s job brought us to Cologne in September 2013. I have a linguistic background and one of my main priorities while here is to learn the German language. Now I hear people talking but I cant understand them. It is the...
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Greeting people on the street

In Indonesia you get to know people very quickly. You also greet people on the street or in public transportation. In the beginning I was always very sad in Germany because when somebody walked by on the street I greeted them, but they never replied or simply gave me this...
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Afraid to open my mailbox

My biggest struggle when I moved to Germany was probably with myself (isn’t it always?). And even though I keep thinking as long as I am balanced I can be happy and content anywhere in the world the differences in culture also play a role. Aside from not being able...
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Am I crazy or what?

My name is Kendall and I am an American, originally from the Washington DC area. I met my now German journalist husband in New York City where he was assigned at the time. When he said he was being called back to Germany, I volunteered to go with him. Back...
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The woman swims

Heidelberg is the most beautiful place I have ever lived in. The small-town pace is a bliss after five years living inside the beltway of Washington DC. My former commute included over an hour and a half of hair raising traffic. Now my biggest concern is clasping the bike lock that...
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Einen Teil von Dir aufgeben

Ich glaube, dass wenn du einmal für fast ein halbes Leben in einem fremden Land   gelebt hast, du letzten Endes eine andere Person wirst, als die, die du vorher warst. Um in der deutschen Gesellschaft Erfolg zu haben, musst du manchmal einen Teil von dem, was du bist, aufgeben und...
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Ich kann alleine leben

Es gibt wirklich nicht viel, was mich hier aufregt, sogar als Araberin au seiner anderen Welt und mit Schleier. Das war überraschend. Ich hatte erwartet, dass es viel schwieriger wird. Vielleicht ist es wegen Bonn. Wenn ich nach Ostdeutschland gehen würde, wäre es vielleicht anders. Was hast Du während der...
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Happy to live here

My name is Clare and I am English. We are new to the city, though my husband and I visited several times before we moved here. I’m very happy here, and I feel lucky to live in Cologne. Before moving to Germany we lived in Cairo for just under two...
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A sense of collectivity

I’m an American who has lived in Germany since 2008 — first in Hamburg, then part-time in Berlin, and now in Bremen. I’m currently working on my PhD in Sociology and in my spare time I love running, traveling, and taking photographs. Like many expats, I first came to Germany for...
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A sensitive and fervent topic

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? I don’t think that it has just yet, but it is really about time to inform and educate the people about multiculturalism. I do believe that only information helps. You are coming from Eastern Germany. Why is the situation for foreigners there much worse? Since there...
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Very accepting

My name is Alison and I am from Great Britain. My husband’s job brought us to Cologne two years ago and I like it! I was actually pleasantly surprised what a nice, clean and cozy city Cologne is! I especially enjoy the open space and the whole city atmosphere.  It...
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Der lange Weg zur Integration

„Ich wollte eine Ausbildung außerhalb meines Heimatlandes und im Ausland wohnen. Dann landete ich in Deutschland, musste Deutsch lernen und dann…da war dieser Schock.“ Abu-Bakarr Jalloh
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Baby-centric country

My name is Rebecca and I am from Toronto, Canada. Actually, my family is originally from the Netherlands and my husband is Lebanese. My husband’s job brought us to Germany a few months ago. I do not necessary feel that we are in Germany, I feel like we are in...
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Where the future goes

My name is Carol and I am from New York City, but I grew up in Bern, Switzerland. I have a language background, but I always wanted to become an actress and actually dedicated a part of my life to it. When I came to Germany in 1999, I was taken...
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Recycling – the German way

I’m a Canadian with a big love for travel. As such, I run a travel and expat living blog in my „spare time“ with the hope to inspire others to travel or even move abroad. I moved to Germany in order to start a brand new life halfway around the...
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We can make it work

Where do you see yourself in ten years? My partner and I would like to start our own multimedia company in Indonesia. It is a very competitive field there, but we are sure to make it work because of our experience and network in Germany.  
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First door you have to open by yourself

I am Jutta from Rhein area. I used to be a Lufthansa stewardess for 20 years. I now run my own relocation company in Cologne since 1997 and enjoy working with people coming from all parts of the world. Do you think it is easy to integrate into German society?...
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Learn the language

My name is Sean, I’m 30 years old and I am an American hailing from the great state of Ohio. I am a veteran, blogger, self-styled beer expert, student of political science, and all-around good guy. I live with my family near Schweinfurt in Lower Franconia. Like most American in Schweinfurt,...
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On a hidden camera show

I am Joana. I was born in Portugal, raised in America (New Jersey to be exact) and I am now living in Germany. I am studying marketing at the moment, and have German class for four hours every week day. I make jewelry and would like to open a web...
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