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'If I got paid for every smile I'd be a rich man'

1 Oct 2010, 10:39

Published: 01 Oct 2010 10:39 GMT+02:00

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Berlin has long been a magnet for outsiders, from provincial Prussians centuries ago to Brooklyn hipsters today. Strangers at first, these newcomers eventually make the city their own and reshape its social fabric.

This process continued even while Berlin was divided during the Cold War, but 20 years after reunification, the German capital has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreigners hoping to start a new life.

Julia Lipkins’ multimedia project for The Local lets these new Berliners tell their own stories.

Joe C.

Philadelphia, USA

Click here for Joe C.’s story.

Trained as a singer in America, Joe C. found a stage beneath Berlin.

Story continues below…

Joe came to Germany over 15 years ago. He performs regularly in metro stations throughout Berlin after moving to the city from Munich. He has a repertoire of over 200 songs and has been a pianist since childhood.

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19:14 October 1, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
I wish I the balls to moveout too. Stay on track Joe your awesome.
17:49 October 2, 2010 by beautifulworld
What a sad depressing place that Berlin is. I can't wait to get out. You are an amazing human being Joe.
02:16 October 5, 2010 by annan1063
So strange the comment regarding smiles...When I arrived here from the USA, I was so shocked to discover that generally speaking, the average German on the street DOES NOT SMILE! C'Mon people, SMILE!!!
11:32 October 5, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Like I said before (that is before my comment was misteriously erased)...

'If I got money took for every bitter/sad/grumpy face I'd be the man biggest debt in the world..."

Where do you see people smiling nowdays?! Life is hard
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