Personal Stories

Personal stories and experiences from people from Berlin

Girl surrounded by gifts

My First Real Christmas
Written & illustrated by Adi. G

My first true German Christmas celebration happened this year, with my German boyfriend’s family. We did it all, the decoration, the church, the food, the presents, and the singing!

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Local Tourist
Written by Lisa K. & illustrated by Adi G.

I was born and raised in the south of Berlin and never really left: Going from Tempelhof to Steglitz to Friedenau, my ‚Kiez’ has always looked remotely different from that cliché ideal of glorified Berlin…

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Fertile Ground
Written by Monika K. & illustrated by Rachel K.

It wasn’t love at first sight. I came to Berlin in 2017 with a suitcase that fit all my belongings and no clear plan of what to do next. I had visited this city once before with a friend who was entirely enchanted by Berlin’s charm…

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The Homes We Create
Written & illustrated by Adi G.

Maria came from Portugal to Berlin 7 years ago. She is 37 and she is a graphic designer, an illustrator and textile enthusiastic. She never imagined that she would one day live in Germany…

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