Tag Archives: Germany

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I am flying home

I am originally from Ukraine, but I moved to Berlin when I was a kid together with my parents…. they are Jewish, you see. People here often ask me whether i am nostalgic about Ukraine… perhaps I was only during my first two-three years in Germany, I remember we flew to Kiev...
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Multiculturalism lessens conflicts

Multiculturalism, in my opinion, lessens conflicts because now  after having lived in different countries, I can see that the person that seemed so strange and so different in the past, is actually not different from me at all. The average citizen in any part of the world is just doing the...
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Tastes of Home: What food do I bring from Russia?!

After your family and friends, food probably comes second on the list of things you miss the most from your home country. I can almost bet to find some food items in your luggage when you travel back to your “adopted” country where you reside now 😉 … Alright, as...
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Why Germany?

For the past two years we have been interviewing multicoolties from all of the world that for one reason or another have chosen Germany. Our first questions during interviews are very similar, we must admit 😉 “Why Germany?” or “What brought you to Germany?” Here you go a list of...
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There are good and bad people everywhere

What words do you know to describe someone who is not a German? That’s a tough question … well … I think it does not make any difference anymore…. we live in a very diverse world and when you mix people  😉 such questions should no longer be asked. There are...
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“Well-functioning” German social system

I am sitting at my table and don’t know where to begin. It is very difficult to describe my current feelings. To be honest, my soul is really overfilled with negative emotions and my head – with depressing thoughts. All because I became very disappointed with the country I idolized...
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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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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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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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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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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 love Germany

I find Germany incredibly beautiful! Old town of Bonn, Potsdam, Berlin, Lübeck, Cologne, Hamburg… these places are amazing! It all started many years ago thanks to my friends who lived in Germany and I simply fell in love with the country. I have really loved every place I have ever...
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From Mare Nostrum to Mare Mostrum

From the operation Mare Nostrum that, as claimed by several advocacy groups, saved thousands of lives at sea in 2014 to the new operation Triton, that only saves borders and not people, the Mediterranean Sea has turned into the Mare Mostrum (monster sea – ed.) and became the largest cemetery in...
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We will forget soon: Interviewing Dario Laganá

More than two years Dario Jacopo Laganá and Stefano Corso – two brilliant Italian photographers in Berlin have been working on a dear to me as an ex-Soviet project called “We will forget soon”. They travelled more than 8000 km by car following the left traces of the Red Army...
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Germany is Europe’s engine

I think that without Germany a strong European Union could not exist. Even the thought, that Germany would leave the EU, is unimaginable because in this case EU would fall apart. No other country has the power to break the European Union down. Germany is Europe’s engine.
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