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Building fences is not a solution

My name is Julia and, though I’m German, my husband keeps telling me that I’m more French since I was born on the “left side of Rhine river” in Palatinate. I lived in Berlin for five years and now I’m living in Brandenburg where you can still sense the differences...
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How far are you willing to go?

My name is Anastasia Valeeva and I’m a journalist from Russia. There are several reasons why I decided to move to Germany. I had already studied in Europe before. I visited the CFPJ (Centre de Formation et Perfectionnement des Journalistes) as an exchange student, while I was studying at the Moscow...
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Rules, rules, rules

My name is Irene Rodriguez. I come from a small town in Spain. Years ago I made up my mind to live in Germany, as soon as I finished my Studies at the University, I started to learn German and went to Berlin for a few months. I came back to Spain and soon after...
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Different concept of time

Where are you from? I am from Morocco…. and Germany. I am a little bit of both (laughing – ed.). Do you feel more Moroccan or German? It is actually a difficult question. I am thinking in German and feeling in Moroccan. People are different in the two countries. In Germany...
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Going by the rules

I started working in Germany in 1980. I came originally because I studied German in London. I felt at home very quickly. However, on a personal level I do feel sometimes that Germans can be a bit uptight and super formal. They like to go by the rules more than...
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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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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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Environmentally responsible

I am American, an East Coast girl, but was actually born in Rome. We moved to Germany three years ago because of my husband’s new assignment. I was not sure how to make it all work, changes are not always easy for me, but I integrated very quickly. I liked...