• Germany,  Rauen

    Growing up in the G.D.R.

    The Place: Rauen, Germany   “Rauen’s wounds have healed, and only the scars remain; the long-abandoned mine shafts that puncture the hillsides and remain a hazard to anyone straying too far from the marked paths, serving as a reminder that an ‘old village’ does not necessarily mean unchanging one.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Petra (Pit), 46, Educator for Children and the Mentally Handicapped   “I was born in the Harz mountains in the Eastern part of Germany… I finished school in 1988, and afterwards I was allowed to go to extended secondary school,…

  • Berlin

    The Ups and Downs of life in Berlin

    The Place: Berlin, Germany “There are problems that come with such a size…Berlin, in a sense, feels as though it may topple under its own weight; but while it stands it remains a hotbed of diversity, culture and attractions waiting to be discovered.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Claudia Herper, 33, Receptionist I was born in Berlin, and I grew up here. I took a bachelor’s in biotechnology, and moved to Münster in Western Germany for 4 years to do a masters in molecular biomedicine. I’m half-Polish, half-German; my father comes from West Germany…

  • Germany,  Lenzen

    Nature, food and more – Heiko (Lenzen, GER)

    The Place: Lenzen, Germany “Nestled a stones-throw away from the banks of the Elbe, Lenzen is a gentle reminder of civilisation when you’re travelling through the most sparsely populated part of Germany, and has about it an air of tranquillity; a sense of refuge in an unspoiled stretch of German countryside.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Heiko Berg, 37, Visitor Centre Vice-Manager   I have lived here for about five years. I’m quite happy about that, you can see this wonderful nature; this is my workplace. I moved from Berlin, but I originally come…

  • Germany,  Hamburg

    Martina & Jorg in Hamburg, Germany

      The Place: Hamburg, Germany It’s easy to fall in love with Hamburg. For those not usually a fan of big cities, this one may offer a solution. Before you have time to feel claustrophobic, or walled in by the hustle and bustle around you, you’ll stumble across one of the many canals that carve paths between buildings. Or perhaps you’ll find yourself on a lakeshore in the city centre, watching sailboats glide through the water. The abundance of water is calming, and you’ll feel like your in some city-countryside hybrid as you explore the waterways and the banks of the famous Elbe river that cuts right through the heart…