GernGeschehen: The cafe where the world meets in Hamburg

Just two steps down the level of the street, a small white door allows the entrance of customers to GernGeschehen, a lively cafe where internationals and Germans alike share drinks, organise language meet ups and cultural movie nights. Once in, a warm “Hallo” emerges from the nearest table to the doorway and welcomes the newcomer…

Time’s up for time zones: a Syrian entrepreneur and his global clock system

The future is here and it’s about time – literally. When Hussam Hebbo (31), a software engineer from Syria gone entrepreneur, once again got stuck scheduling appointments across four different time zones, he thought of a solution. hTime: an algorithmic clock that unifies time and rotates according to your location. We sat down to talk…

From maths to beer: four friends and their brewpub in Altona

Many of us have dreamed about it: opening up a bar with your friends so that you’ve always got the best things on hand: tasty beer, good people and your choice of music. For Francesco this became reality when he, together with three Italian and Spanish friends, opened up Malto: a brewpub in Altona. With Birrificio…

The Tastillery cousins go on a whisky adventure

It is 12.30 pm on a Monday and I have the smell of a 16 year old whisky in my nose. In front of me a tall shelf full of spirits, probably worth more than someone’s six month rent. However, this afternoon is not about day-drinking: in a cozy co-working space in the heart of…

Kill the plastic! Going zero-waste with Alana Zubritz

Alana offered me a bite. This was the first time I was consciously eating a zero-waste meal: toast with goat cheese and pear – delicious, by the way. In guter Gesselschaft opened its doors one year ago as the first zero-waste cafe in Hamburg. I had the opportunity to sit down with Alana Zubritz, one…

Dancing to the top in Hamburg

Dancers Silvia Azzoni and Alexandre Riabko left their countries as teenagers to study at the prestigious John Neumeier School of Hamburg Ballet. Little did they know that in Hamburg they would reach the top of the dance world, fall in love and find their home. In an exclusive interview for Gute Leute Magazine, the principal…

Spicing up Hamburg life with a few drops of habanero

When Alejandra Torres invited me to her place for dinner she brought several bottles with oils to the table. “Ale”, originally from Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico, moved to Hamburg 5 years ago. She told me to put only a few drops of the habanero oil on my food – if I dared. “It’s very spicy,” she warned me. “I like spicy,” I replied. I spent the whole dinner using tissue after tissue to dry my tears and my runny nose. Ale was right. “I told you … you gotta be Mexican to handle that spiciness”.

Creating homes for internationals, one city at a time

Niels van Deuren from Rotterdam started HousingAnywhere: a platform through which you can safely arrange housing for your next international adventure. The platform is thriving in over 60 countries, but getting it to launch in Hamburg was no easy feat. In fact, it took about 5 years! I managed to track down my fellow Dutchie…

Singing in falsetto: the life of a Dutch opera singer in Hamburg

Singing like the sweet-voiced castrates of the olden days: for Joël Vuik, a budding Dutch opera singer in Hamburg, it’s his calling. A classically trained countertenor with a tall physique and eye-catching red hair, it’s not hard to imagine why Joël’s star is rising fast. Meeting over a coffee at the Hochschule für Musik und…