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Friendships & living abroad

What is friendship? When do you start calling someone a friend? Culturally speaking, in Germany we tend to use this term a lot later in our relationship with someone than other cultures do. In fact, we have the word “Bekannte_r”, which translates to acquaintance, that we use a lot for people who we know but… Continue Reading →

Living abroad during a pandemic

We’re almost halfway through 2020 and the Coronavirus has been the number one topic not only in the news, but, whether we like it or not, also for all of us on a personal basis: Home office, social distancing, cancelled trips, vacations & weddings are just the tip of the iceberg, and actually these are… Continue Reading →

Reflections on 2019: from Istanbul to São Paulo

This week was Ramazan Bayramı, the feast that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting practiced by a big part of the Muslim world. For the past five years this was an important part of my reality, first and foremost because it usually means roughly a week of holiday, but also because of the… Continue Reading →


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