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‘I can’t imagine being in a city that I could love more than Berlin’

19 Nov 2010, 09:48

Published: 19 Nov 2010 09:48 GMT+01:00

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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.


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Click here for Sophie’s story.

A transgender woman and an authority on English literature, Sophie plays mother to Berlin’s expat community in her bookshop.

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Sophie is the founder of Another Country, a store with an impressive selection of English-language books that has become a mecca for the city’s foreign residents. For more than 20 years, she has resided in Kreuzberg, a district dominated by immigrants, students and artists. “I can’t imagine being in a city that I could love more than I love Berlin,” she says.

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22:50 November 19, 2010 by DinhoPilot
What a odd looking lady in da pic.
21:29 November 20, 2010 by wvs923
Although I have retired from the U.S. military, I found Berlin to be a nice place to live. Berlin was my first experience overseas and I thoroughly enjoyed the two plus years I spent there. There was always something to do and the history of the city during the Cold War (I was stationed there from 1978-1981) made it even more so. I can only imagine how much more interesting Berlin has become the reunification. I would gladly go back if given the chance!
09:05 November 23, 2010 by DepotCat
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21:18 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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20:31 November 26, 2010 by jcbayley
Isn't anyone else just a little weirded-out by the photo?
05:16 December 1, 2010 by rebdo
Sophie's great!
19:50 December 29, 2010 by tomjack
I bet she can put here hand on anything.
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