Stories

My mum basically finished her studies while being pregnant and then having me as a baby. Impressive right? She’s my biggest example as to what to achieve in life and she only started it all at thirty years old! That gives me hope that turning thirty is just a start for me. Still, that putsContinue reading

I have been with my wife for eight years now. We met when we were teenagers as we were both taking karaté classes, she was fifteen years old at the time and I, seventeen. I reckon the reason why our relationship works so well is because we are so similar. We are both positive, weContinue reading

My parents divorced when I was six years old. That in itself was not traumatic, as they managed to do it in a rather clean way. Later on came the difficulties, in the form of financial matters and stepparents. I had a range of stepfathers at my mother’s place and one of them stayed for aContinue reading

When I was twenty years old, I lost my mother and I was sad, very sad for a very long time. I felt nobody could understand my level of pain so I chose not to express my sadness publicly at the time, especially not on social media. Though I shared a beautiful memory on there :Continue reading

I was six years old when we arrived in Sweden with my family – as refugees from Kosovo. It was difficult for me to live because as a child, I did not fathom the gravity of the situation, nor why we had to leave our home and I felt sad to leave my relatives behind.Continue reading

When I was young, we were living in a farm, in the Finnish countryside. Our neighbors were a couple and they were drinking pretty much all the time. One evening, there was a storm and their building completely burned down. Nobody died, nothing happened to the couple but from what I heard back then, theContinue reading

My grandmother was headmaster of a residence facility for the elderly. When she got ill, she insisting on staying there for her ‘final years’, so my mother decided to stay there with her and take care of her. Bon. It was surely painful for both of them, but I can imagine it was a little more soContinue reading

I was happy back in Lyon: I was living with my boyfriend, it was my first relationship. Then, when we broke up, my whole world started crumbling down. All of a sudden, I was heartbroken, I could not recognize myself and I could not even see myself living there any longer. I needed to goContinue reading

Oh, I am very emotional. One all time event that moved me was the birth of my first daughter, Marta. Becoming a father is a truly unique experience. On a more melancholic note, I still get very emotional when I see my father, whom I do not see often as he lives in Barcelona. ItContinue reading

I went to Jewish school until I was thirteen years old. Jewish schools are…you know, surrounded by police officers and high walls for security reasons, so there is always this weird feeling you have – that you are constantly under threat. One of my early memories from school was that we had fire drills. IContinue reading

We met whilst studying at the College of Europe. They told us at that they needed musicians for the opening ceremony of the college. So, since we turned out to be the only guys that had brought their instruments to university, we ended up becoming the guys who played the European anthem at the ceremonyContinue reading

I have two children and I have always tried to teach them about organization and discipline, just like I had taught myself. One of them is having a very organised life, she works at art gallery and she loves it and the other one is more into music. He even has a band. He isContinue reading

I lived through the war. I was bombed many times. I remember being woken up by my parents in the middle of the night to find shelter and I remember the sound of the sirens*. I remember the fear of being attacked, the anxiety, the tension. Many Croatians still remember this and it is perhapsContinue reading

I used to be a scuba instructor and when I started taking photos under water, I realised that I very much enjoyed photography. It all started when I was travelling across Latin America. I met this girl in the Dominican republic, she was a scuba diving instructor and I fell in love with her. SoContinue reading

I was not a very happy child. I was sensitive and I already knew that I was different but I could not understand why, which children probably perceived this as weakness, because they repeatedly bullied me. Once, I was attacked physically: three kids grabbed my arms and pushed my head onto the ground to make me eatContinue reading

I was by the metro station once, with my bicycle, when I suddenly heard an explosion* and I started seeing chaos: people injured coming out of the station and blood everywhere. At that moment, instead of going inside and helping people, I took my bicycle and went away. Because I thought – those who areContinue reading

I am eldest of two younger brothers; the only girl but our parents always tried to raise us in the same, egalitarian way. My mum was a stay-at-home mother and my father was an entrepreneur. I have to say that I looked up to him quite a lot : he had to pay for hisContinue reading

I want to become less judgemental of other women. I simply feel that us women tend to be harsher on each other, perhaps because we share much more with each other; we share personal stories and for some reason that opens up room for judgement instead of understanding.  Through this club, I learned to pauseContinue reading

Of course love exists between Arabs and Europeans ! I am a living proof of it, aren’t I ? If my parents did not love each other, they wouldn’t have decided to have a baby and I would never have been born! To be frank I barely see a difference between my Egyptian Muslim familyContinue reading

Getting married to her doesn’t feel like a change for me, because I’m already committed to her. We’ve been together for a long time and often times it feels like we’ve always been together. This official commitment is simply a formality.  Marriage means to me : putting on paper the promise that ” I’ll alwaysContinue reading

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