I’m 31, I’m Italian and I’m in Bremen to work; I am currently teaching English at LRS, but I’m a Film and New Media expert;
in fact my work experiences go from organising international film festivals, like I’ve seen Films with Rutger Hauer (yes yes he himself!) to consulting on an curating social media for businesses;
What’s your Twitter account?
Flavia81, it’s public, follow me!
Are you originally from Bremen? If not, what’s your story?
I come from Milan, but how I ended up here?
of course was casual, I wanted to go to Erasmus and I had to choose three destinations: Glasgow was my first, since it was the only English speaking city in the group, and I fel more comfortable; Heidelberg was my second, just becuase the University had more courses in common with my studies in Italy; and Bremen was the third one, just because the stay was supposed to be minimum 10 months, and I wasn’t sure how I would have reacted to my experience abroad: well I stayed for 18 months!
I totally fell in love with the city, I made friends, good ones, those that are for life; then I had to go back to Italy to finish my studies, but when I had to go I felt eradicated;
then I stayed for five years in Milan, working there, but I always wanted to come back, besides visiting my friends from time to time;
then the moment came and I just said: either now or never! packed my things, stayed over friends and started my new life here, in the city I feel I belong to.
What do you like most about Bremen?
this is a difficult one, because I like many things;
let’s start from the people: we southern countries have the idea that Germans are cold, and the northern you get, the colder they get; well I always say it’s not true! I always find a smile on the street, on the tram/bus station, a nice word and help if I ask;
I also like the fact that here everybody can be themselves, with their own style as behaviour and as clothing;
I won’t forget the public transport and how on time they are! believe me, for an Italian that is on time, relying on such a good service is priceless.
I love the vegetation, in the park, in the city centre, ando also the flowerbeds on the sides of the street, full of narcissuses in spring;
the organisation: you go to public offices, the cue is not long, because they deal with what they can immediately, otherwise they give you an appointment;
the cultural offer: there is always something to do, for all the tastes and needs, all year long, with a huge choice: you never get bored;
What’s your favourite place in Bremen?
it’s a draw! the first one is the city centre: whenever I fell lost or in need to reconnect to the city, I go there, and everything goes back to place;
then the Bürgerpark: I jog and I love to do it in the park, with the different paths, always passing by the small zoo; it’s the place where when I’m confused or overwhelmed, I find a new and constructive point of view, reordering my thoughts;
What’s your top 5 list of things to do in Bremen?
1 the city centre (Mill, Cathedral, Townall, Roland…)
3 Beck’s factory
5 Zoo in the Bürgerpark
Who should be tweeting as @Iam_Bremen?
I would definitely suggest Heike, “die Glucke” (@piep_dieGlucke)