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…

Breaking taboos one organic tampon at a time

Sometimes people change jobs radically. That happened to Heide Peuckert, who at the beginning of 2018 decided to run her own business and switch from her job at a digital agency to try out her luck in another field: feminine hygiene. With MYLILY, Heide produces organic, biodegradable tampons and delivers them right to your doorstep…

A passionate photographer with a double life

When I first meet Raimar von Wienskowski in his elegant Eppendorf apartment, I’m instinctively drawn to a large, colourful photo on the wall. Playful faces stare directly into the camera, it’s as if I’m involved in a game of tag. I hear it was taken on a voluntary trip to Namibia for Steps for Children. It…

The peacock on stage – Rampenfau. No more stage fright. 

You have been asked to present something in front of an audience. Your palms start to sweat, your voice trembles and you walk from one side to the other like a scared chicken. Thomas Coucoulis knows very well what stage fright means and he can help you to overcome it so you can deliver the…

Bringing blockchain to the people: a blockchain lead in Hamburg

A former professional tennis player turned blockchain lead, Daria Suvorova, originally from Moscow, Russia, seems to have an exceptional sense of how to make life interesting. Although she still has most years ahead of her, her experiences are worth a lifetime. She spent her teenage years between Moscow and Miami, where she trained to become…

von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…

Cooking from scratch: a chef’s life in Hamburg

Never talk to a chef when you’re hungry. I learnt this lesson the hard way when I met Benjamin Heins, executive chef at WERFT Craft Food & Cocktails, located at the INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen hotel. When we shake hands, I notice a black glove on his right hand.

Californian cruising in Hamburg

With arms full of ink, friendly blue eyes and an enviable full beard, André Langer (33) greets his customers at Electra Bikes like old friends. The shop oozes the laid-back vibe that brought about the Electra brand in Southern California in 1993. 25 years later, we meet bike-expert André — hard at work at the only Electra…

Running away from home: a chat with Nico Homolla

Nico Homolla (26) quit his job to travel around Indonesia and discover what it’s like to be alone. Now, he works as a host at Sturmfreie Bude, and sometimes helps his friends organize techno raves.

The life of two French part-time beekeepers in Hamburg.

The life of French part-time beekeepers in Hamburg. Thomas Canton and Benjamin Puech. There is a bee on the roof These two friendly French guys work as engineers, but that’s only Monday to Friday: on the weekends they put on heavy protection suits and jump onto rooftops. Why is that? In March 2017 they started…