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Everything works

I am just visiting my daughter, originally from Russia, who lives in Cologne with her German husband. What are your first impressions of the city? Well…everything works!
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Festival MitAfrika

I have been living in Cologne since almost three years and until yesterday I had not heard of the Festival MitAfrika – what a shame  😕 A real multicoolty event around the African continent – a mix of music from Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, dance workshops, African market, culinary...
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I am really happy. I can be myself here

My name is Charu and I come from Bangalore, India, where I did my Bachelor’s studies in engineering. I wanted to continue and do a Master’s in engineering and Germany – the land of innovation- was a perfect place ;-). I came to Chemnitz in September 2013 to acquire a Master’s...
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Rings a bell anyone?

Looking for 2 in 1 shower gel at the drugstore – in Germany you find gels that specifically state for hair AND body. Of course the practical-thinking German is fond of this option since it saves you space and load (and money?) when shopping, travelling, etc. My German friend incredulously...
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Germans love punctuality

I am a student currently living in Berlin, but I am originally from Belarus. Actually, I have been living here since 2001, but I spent three years in Kosovo and a couple of months in Saudi Arabia before coming back to Germany, so maybe I could still be called something...
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German sounds

You know, German grammar is rather difficult, but phonetics not at all…. So here it goes… The combination of sounds “i.e.” should be pronounced long, in NO case short, otherwise, it can lead to misunderstanding. Once I was in a party and was asked about my family. In this small talk...
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Rejection guaranteed!

I live in Germany since I was 20 years old, now am 40. I was born in the city of Nis in Serbia. I came here with my family because of the war. I do not know whether I’m happy or not…it does not really matter. I’m homeless, plus Roma....
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Finding domestic bliss in Germany

Moving to Germany for a finite or temporary stay can bear some unforeseen challenges. Since approximately 50% of Germans rent their living space, furthermore taking into consideration that your stay is limited you wouldn’t really consider buying a house or an apartment. However there are certain unexpected challenges you need to...
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Everyone should love his country… but I cannot

On that evening we decided we must escape somewhere or …we would be killed. One could not stay there anymore. The Taliban soldiers came to us, as always, without being invited. To the question why my elder sister was still living at her parents’ and didn’t have a husband and children, my father gave...
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It does not disturb any more

My name is Alex and I was born in Zimbabwe, but came to Dortmund as a child and now live in Berlin. To be honest, I was lucky not to experience a lot of cases of discrimination or racism in Germany… sometimes Germans ask me to touch my hair or...
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So much to learn from

Living in a multicultural society can be amazing if one is open to it. Different traditions, customs, beliefs, understandings, taboos – so much to learn from and so many ways to enrich each other’s lives. Alan Alda once said, “Your assumptions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off...
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Right to live and think

My name is Mare. I’m from Estonia and I moved abroad about four years ago. If I think back, I even didn’t know then why I had to move – I just felt that it’s time to go. Don’t get me wrong: I do love my country and it will...
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Too much to handle

My name is Sveta and I originally come from Russia, where I actually reside now. I spent one year as au-pair in Berlin a few years ago. I was not happy with my host family and that made my German experience worse….Berlin is definitely a nice city, but the German society...
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15 things you won’t appreciate in Germany

A few weeks ago we published a post called “20 things you will love in Germany”. It was a compilation of popular interview answers from a diverse group of multicoolties, who are happily living in Germany. The blog post got some controversy comments to what was written in the list… so...
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A long road ahead

America, where I was born, is an immigrant society. Everyone is an immigrant one or several generations back. I think, USA is the best example of the importance of immigration in the economic and social success of any country. In Germany, and in Europe in general, things are different. European countries...
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Going Dutch

My name is Inna and I am a Ukrainian student in Düsseldorf since about a year. I actually came to Germany two years ago on an au-pair program and then decided to stay and was lucky enough to get accepted to a German University. It took me a while to get used...
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Together we Rock!

Thousands of people gathered yesterday in Mülheim, Cologne during Birlikte Festival (ed. – Turkish word for “Together”) to protest against racism and to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism. Here, more than 11 years ago, a nail bomb exploded on the street and injured 22 people. Several of the victims were treated as the suspects of organizing...
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I started my new journey

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...
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Ali for (and from) Germany

In the wake of Germany’s World Cup victory, much has been said about a renewed sense of German patriotism and its implications. While some have feared a connection to Germany’s dark past, others have welcomed the discourse as a chance to shape a new sense of belonging within the country’s...
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It takes two to tango

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? To a certain degree. Immigrants from European countries have no problems fitting in, in my opinion. There are, however, many people, often with muslim background, who live her since ages, but are not able to speak a word of German and are not willing to integrate....
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I can call myself a pro

My name is Tihana, I come from Serbia and I’m a linguist, a blogger and a writer. I’m also finishing my grad school in linguistics this summer. My favorite activities include reading, traveling, devouring blogs, chatting with my friends and drinking coffee. I’m a huge fan of coffee! Last but...
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We are fundamentally all the same

My name is Chad and I have been married to my wife Amanda since 2003.  We both were born and grew up in the United States, me in North Carolina and Amanda in New York. Before moving to Germany in January 2013 with our dog Barney, we lived just outside...
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