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Day 3 in Berlin: SS, concentration camp, a broken toaster and a little of freedom (strange combination).

Even though Jorge was completely exhausted, as you could read in the Blog of the first day, he volunteered again to write… So, Jorge again: It has been a very interesting day today! After taking three trains, three buses (and a flight if it was necessary) we finally arrived to Sachsenhausen memorial. (Well, before writing anything more, I have to say that some rumors have arrived here due to...

Second day: How is the fate of POWs commemorated today?

The Blogger of today is Ilze from Latvia and I really appreciate her iron will to write a short text after that stressfull day we had, exploring the German-Russian-Museum in Karlshorst, visiting the Memorial Schöneweide and following a lecture about the camp life of Soviet POWs. Not to mention fighting the public transport in Berlin… So here comes Ilze: Today was really interesting day, full...

Delayed Day 1: Message from a Spaniard in Berlin…

For the first day Jorge from Spain was supposed to be our Blogger, yesterday it was impossible to write anything, so here it comes now. Jorge: I have to apologize because yesterday it was impossible to write anything on the blog. We were completely exhausted! After many days waking up very late, it’s not easy to get up at 7 o’clock in order to start with the work, but finally it wasn’t so bad! Tha...

First day in Berlin: Too much to do, too much to see

The first day of our seminar in Berlin, the so-called introduction day was so full of impressions (including a sightseeing trip to Berlin), that we will have a little delay with a detailed blog post. At 10 pm the volunteering Bloggers were already too exhausted from todays’ program. So I will leave here just a group picture from the Brandenburg gate and promise you a detailed report for tomo...

Minority stories X: The challenges of discrimination

Liva (Latvia), Sanni (Finland) and Zlatina (Bulgaria) met Nasreddin Boulahya, a 24 year old moroccon-belgian man, at his house in Anderlecht to talk about the challenges of discrimination and the life of an immigrant, from a young mans point of view: We were immediatley  treated with the generous moroccan hospitality, as we admired the beautiful, very moroccan influenced house of his family. Nasre...

Minority stories IX: A life changing moment

Today we had an interview with a very special woman Quyen Truong Thi. She is 39 and she is from Vietnam. Now she lives in Brussels because she thinks that this city is the best for everything. She says that people in Brussels are very nice and helpful. She told us that in 1981 her father came to Brussels with notorious Vietnamesse boat people (poor people, who want to have a better life and they a...

Minority stories VIII: A fairytale that became a reality

Today, we – Tony (Bulgaria), Francesca (Italy) and Aleksandra (Poland) – interviewed Katarzyna Sawicesa – a Polish woman who came to Brussels when she was 20 and is still living there. She took a chance in 1990s and has come to Belgium as a tourist for three months. Then, she decided to stay in Brussels and was working illegally looking forward to a better tomorrow. The beginnings of h...

Minority stories VII: “Africa is where my heart belongs”

Britta (Estonia), Enja (Norway) and Krista (Finland) interviewed a Rwandan woman, Marie-Pierre, 44, who moved to Belgium to study for an university degree because she was unable to attend a Rwandan university due to her late father’s high position in the past. She intended to return to Rwanda after finishing her degree, but was unable to due to the growing instability in the country which cu...

Minority stories VI: “Niciun plan, niciun viitor!”

No plans, no future! “Am plecat din oraşul absurdului şi am ajuns ȋn oraşul suprarealismului.” I left the town of absurd and I ended up in the city of surrealism. Simone (Germany), Viktoria (Switzerland) and Cristina (Romania) have had a chat with a very talkative Romanian woman. She left the Romanian town Slatina (where Eugéne Ionesco was born) for Brussels ( the home of René Magritte) in 1991. U...

Minority stories V: Chinese minorities in Brussels – interviewing Chan Chi How

Britta (Estonia), Sanni (Finland) and Yolanda (Spain) went to Anderlecht for their interview: Our assignment to study chinese minorities in Brussels, led us to the house of Chan Chi How, situated in Anderlecht. Mr. How is a 42 year old IT specialist, who was born in Brussels and belongs to the second generation of Chinese immigrants. His grandfather arrived to Brussels before the Second World War,...