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 a […]

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 : […]

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. […]

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, we […]

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, the […]

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 so […]

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 go […]

I still get very emotional when I see my father, whom I do not see often as he lives in Barcelona. It is true that when you separate from your family in the beginning, it is slightly easier but later on, the distance becomes difficult to cope with, especially as your parents grow older. I […]

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. I […]

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 ceremony […]

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 is […]

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 perhaps […]

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. So […]

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 puts […]

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

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 are […]

I am eldest of three: the only girl with two younger brothers, 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 […]

I want to become less judgemental of other women. I just feel that us – women – are harsher on each other, perhaps also 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 pause […]

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 family […]

Getting married to her doesn’t feel like a change for me, as I’m already committed to her, we’ve been together for long and it feels like we’ve always been together. Getting officially married is simply a formality. Marriage means to me: formalising the promise that ‘I’ll always be there for you and you’ll always be there […]


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