Who are you and what are you doing in Bremen?
Hey, I’m Janina, I am 28 years old and I work as a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at Bremen University. After 3 years of writing my PhD in linguistics and film analysis in Bremen, I now give classes in German and interdisciplinary linguistics at the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Science. I also work in a project on film, emotion and affect.
What’s your Twitter account?
Are you originally from Bremen? If not, what’s your story?
No, I’m not. I am originally from a small town near the Dutch border in the deep, deep west of Germany – not Bochum, but Bocholt. I grew up there and then went to Münster where I studied Linguistics, German and French Philology. In 2008, I got a sholarship for writing my PhD in Bremen in a doctoral group called “Textuality of Film“. From then on, I stayed in Bremen and came to love that town.
What do you like most of Bremen?
It is actually the closeness to the sea, its “northiness” and the people behaving “northily”. For a girl from the west (the deep west) it was quite strange not to get a ‘good morning’ when buying some bread in the morning, but to hear a ‘moin’ in the evening. I slowly got used to the rather reserved friendliness, but now really prefer it to the intrusive courtesy of the Rhineland people, for example.
What’s your favourite place in Bremen?
I just moved from a very small flat in the Neue Vahr Süd, where Sven Regener used to live, to a lovely place in Findorff and I think the Bürgerpark will be my new place to be – especially with all the autumn leaves now… And I just got to know: the Findorff market (on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) is absolutely great, too!
To admit, besides, Bremen University is not that beautiful and I am still longing for Münster’s University buildings, but my job is here in Bremen and I do like it very much, so I also enjoy being there and living the University life. That’s also what I will mostly be twittering about in the next few days.
What’s your top 5 list of things to do in Bremen?
1. Visit the Findorff market on Saturday, buy some noodles at the Nudelei and fresh fruits from around Bremen.
2. Visit the flea market at the Bürgerweide in summer and find books and some extraordinary stuff you don’t find anywhere else.
3. Go to one of the small cinemas, the Bremer Filmkunsttheater, and watch a movie in its original version.
4. Visit the Schlachte both in summer (and then drink a cocktail outside) as well as in winter (and find the medieval market there with a lovely sea of lights in the dark).
5. Coming back home from a trip out of town and smell the Jacob’s aroma and the Weser when driving down the motorway.
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