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Young again

I was a mining engineer for twenty years in Kazakhstan. I came to Germany when I was 51, already a pensioner and everyone was telling me that I was still a young man. So I started acting like a young man – now look at me! I’m 62 but I feel...
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The Bulgarian on the streets

I have been here for six years already. I still haven’t managed to learn German fluently, but I do speak Turkish. I work in different bars, where most of the clients are Turkish. Come over we have live Bulgarian music every weekend.
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Stars in the sky of Berlin

I was visiting my dad in Strasbourg when the Berlin Wall fell. He saw it on TV and recognised it as a historical moment right away. He took me and my two sisters, started the car and drove straight to Berlin with us. I was four years old back then....
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Give me five euros

How is the tourist situation – do you have many customers? Oh yes, every day there are English, German and Japanese speaking tourists passing by. Weekends are very busy, weekdays rather calm. Also some local Germans want to take photos with us, but not that many. Ok thank you – here’s...
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On being a musician

We went to meet Kristaps Grasis – a famous Latvian musician currently leaving in Bonn. Kristaps is a young and successful professional guitar player, teacher, director of the private musical school in Bonn and a very inspiring person. He was so kind to chat with us and tell us more...
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Nothing better than Italian food

Have your eating habits changed when you moved to Germany? At the beginning yes, but I was really destroying my stomach, so I got back to what I was eating in Italy, even though you don’t find everything here.
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It’s Duschland!

What do you think of the weather in Germany compared to Turkey?  It always rains, I don’t call it Deutschland, I say it’s Duschland (Showerland – ed.).
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It’s heaven

I like everything about Germany compared to Ukraine, absolutely everything! It’s like heaven for me.
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Someday we all become multicultural

Ladies what are you doing over here? We are doing a multicultural project. Oh how nice! I’ve been married to an African for 22 years! My husband is from Morocco. I’ve never lived there, but I do speak Arabic. How do you see multicultural Germany then? I am very satisfied....
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At the Barber’s

I am from Turkey and have been in Germany since 16 years and since 14 years I have this hair salon over here. I was jobless for only two months once I got here. I am doing very well and of course satisfied with everything. I have been a hairdresser already...
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Jobs are hard to get

 It’s much calmer here, less crime, no vandalism compared to Kongo. However, the job situation is difficult for foreigners. The job places are there, but it’s hard to get them.
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Mein Haus ist mein Schloss

Ich lebe seit 39 Jahren in Deutschland. Meine Eltern haben mich hergebracht, als ich acht Jahre alt war. Ich kam direkt in die zweite Klasse, obwohl ich noch nicht mal ein Wort Deutsch sprach! Ich habe viele Dinge nicht verstanden, alles war verwirrend und anders. Alles! Ich habe noch nicht...
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It’s more than just a job

I met my wife in Antalya, Turkey. She tried to convince me for more than three years to move to Germany with her. I started learning German only at the age of 35 and simply because she really put pressure on me. Finally she managed to convince me: I thought why not...
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I am a tourist

I am a tourist. I come from Taiwan and I like German culture. What particularly? Everything! The history and the architecture. Do you like german food? Oh yes, yes – very much! The Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle – ed.) is delicious! And all the sausages are so good.  
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A difficult question

I am originally from Sicily, came to Germany more than 10 years ago and liked it from the very beginning. I am a classical example of an Italian abroad. Do you plan to go back? Eh it is a very difficult question.
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From Ukraine with Love

We were struggling for several months to get the visa and have one of the best Ukrainian chefs work at out restaurant Pan&Pani. Our Chef used to cook for Ukrainian celebrities and was an author of a popular culinary TV show.
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Tips to better Baklava

 It used to be women who cooked the very thin dough for baklava from morning till night, today only men sit on the floor and make the dough for the traditional Turkish sweets and women do other things like cleaning or cooking salty dishes.
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The businessman

Sometimes it happens that several women want the same dress at the same time. Just half an hour ago two ladies started a fight in the store – I mean literally, pulling each other’s hair and things like that. I had to go between them. So I didn’t sell the...
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It’s all German to me

Are Germans too different from Canadians? Oh yes they are. Somehow they are more socialists, they care more about each other and I like that. They also have a lot of rules for everything, but honestly I prefer to have more rules than no rules. What surprised you most about Germans?...
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