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…

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…

Pop art from the streets of São Paulo

The walls of LKB/G are covered with stencils, paintings, used templates and posters that would not look amiss on the streets of São Paulo. Pop art ladies in vibrant colours fill the room. It’s the opening night of Rouge: Daniel Melim’s first-ever solo exhibition in Europe. One of Brazil’s most renowned street artists, Daniel seems like…

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…