Saturday, 17 December 2011 07:41

Getting started...!

Written by Laura Onita

Nine o’clock and the reception of the Sunflower Hostel was buzzing with excitement. The newly formed group of 24 young Europeans was ready to go.

Awakened by the cold, and after a short journey through the maze of Berlin’s streets, we arrived at the Hertie School of Governance – our location for the E&M workshop.
We paired up after the introduction speech. It was time to turn into noisy ‘journalists’ for five minutes and find out as much as possible about the person sitting next to us. Some shared the nostalgia of a city they both loved and visited. Others found different meanings for similar words.

With a flair for details, everyone managed to unravel at least one particular thing about their interviewee. The person sitting next to us was no longer a name from a country, but a friend with whom you share passions and know personal things about. Someone was ‘afraid of spiders and the dark’, others liked ‘The Butterfly Effect’ and ‘Love actually’, many felt more comfortable among foreigners than in their own countries and many study or have already studied abroad.

This was our team, a bunch of great people with different backgrounds who will spend a week in Berlin trying to find some answers to the question ‘Do you speak European?’.
The clock was ticking. Divided into groups, everybody was ready for the next task: discovering Berlin in its most intimate shape by researching different areas, not the tourist traps.

We pushed the doors open and the cold hit us in the face. It didn’t matter. With a smile and plenty of energy, we ventured into the city…


This workshop was organized in cooperation with: Kulturstiftung.Compressed
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This project is financed with support from the European Union through the program YOUTH IN ACTION. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the national agency JUGEND für Europa and they cannot be held responsible for them.


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