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Week 35: @flavia81 (Flavia Costa)

FlaviaWho are you and what are you doing in Bremen?

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…)
2 Schnoor
3 Beck’s factory
4 viertel
5 Zoo in the Bürgerpark

Who should be tweeting as @Iam_Bremen?

I would definitely suggest Heike, “die Glucke” (@piep_dieGlucke)

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Week 33: @Olaf_HB (Olaf aus Bremen-Nord)

Who are you and what are you doing in Bremen?

Well… my twitter bio says “a logical & free mind, music freak, radio show host, still a dreamer & fool after all those years, who feels like an alien roaming on earth quite often…” 🙂 But seriously now… I’m an almost 46 years ol’ guy, whose passion since 18 years is to do his own radio shows @ RadioWeser.TV (formerly known as “Offener Kanal Bremen” or “Bürgerrundfunk Bremen”, which is a public broadcasting station here in Bremen). Back in 1995 I’ve founded the JVR Network with some other radio enthusiasts to do “our own thing” & actually play the music we really like! Since then I did countless very different radio shows from pure “DJs in the mix” shows like my “Alien Disco” to maritime specials with more talk than music like the “Radio Nautilus” shows, which started in autumn 2012 & are usually transmitted live from the signal station in Bremen-Vegesack. Apart from that great hobby, I currently work @ the Kulturhaus Walle in Bremen-Walle as an audio editor & archivist, which is a really cool job, as I’m also very interested in historical things – especially about my hometown Bremen! We do interviews with contemporary witnesses there & present them @ a specific website – the “Digitales Heimatmuseum Bremen”, when edited later on.
When there’s still some time in between my work during the week, the various radio shows I do on the weekends & some sleep, I like to cycle – but only during good weather, so mainly from the end of march until early october, if possible.

What’s your Twitter account?

For all personal things it’s @Olaf_HB & for all things concerning my radio shows it’s @JVR_Network.

Are you originally from Bremen? If not, what’s your story?

I was born & raised in the northern part of Bremen. The first 14 years of my life I’ve lived in Bremen-St. Magnus, before my parents built a house in Neuenkirchen near Bremen, where we lived from 1981 until 1988. Then I lived for 3 more years in Bremen-St.Magnus again, before moving to Bremen-Grohn in 1991, where I’ve lived since then, albeit I’ve once again moved to a different place, where I live since june 2012 in a really nice penthouse suite. 😀

What do you like most about Bremen?

I love its almost endless diversity! The city is so different to the outskirts & especially the northern part of Bremen or Bremerhaven.
Bremen is a wonderful place to discover & even after over 45 years, there are still places in Bremen that are new to me & rather interesting!
It’s also a great city, if you like urban exploration, cycling or walking through parks & the green along the river… so many possibilities that I hardly want to ever move away! I just love my hometown & won’t change it for any other!

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What’s your favourite place in Bremen?

Apart from the place I currently live & also where I work, there are many nice places, like the Bürgerpark, Knoops Park, Wätjens Park besides other parks & greens… & of course such wonderful cafes like the “glücklich” cafe & a new place simply called “lokal”, where a twitter meeting will take place on thursday, the 21st of march, starting @ 06 pm, so come along, if you tweet & are from Bremen!
If I want to travel back in time & enjoy the technical side of things like my great hobby – broadcasting – I of course go to the Bremer Rundfunkmuseum to enjoy its fascinating atmosphere & all there, as I’m also a club member of the museum since this year, because I think that it really needs especially younger people to explore & take part it its activities!

What’s your top 5 list of things to do in Bremen?

Besides doing radio shows, interviews, taking countless photos, doing endless bike rides & enjoying music & life in general, you mean? :mrgreen:
There’s no “top 5” nor even a “top 10” or so… simply take your time to really explore the whole of the city – from Bremerhaven up north to the outskirts of Bremen, known as Bremen-Nord, to the life in & around the city itself!
Take the public transportation system like trains, trams & busses or cycle & walk along the river Weser or Lesum for hours without end, when the weather is fine & try to really enjoy the beauty of nature in itself – undisturbed!
Especially the parks & cafes here are a must see for themselves, but there’s always much more to discover, if you really take your time & explore it for yourself… enjoy!

Who should be tweeting as @Iam_Bremen?

Without a doubt a really good choice would be Heike, “die Glucke”, (@piep_dieGlucke) who’s doing a very interesting online magazine about (guess what?) – BREMEN, from a female point of view especially!

Cheers! 😎

Olaf_HB – from the north of Bremen! 😉