The ones who became friends in a bar

cropped-ameovi-cathy1.jpg12:10 . (Kathy) “Sometimes people are in a hurry; they just order their drinks and leave the money behind. Those are the times when I feel a bit piqued. A simple hello or a smile would be nice. After all we always smile! Inversely, when clients are being nice it brightens up my day.
(Amiovi) But then again, this happens everywhere. If people are being nice they are being human. If they are being rude they are also only being human.
Thankfully I have patience! (She laughs)
Amiovi and Kathy have been working at the Mickey Mouse café of the European Parliament for more than 15 years – and have been friends since.(Amiovi) “ – It is a nice atmosphere to work in, because no matter what people say about the EU institutions, at least here people ought to be respectful. Of course, we have all kinds of clients. There are good and bad people here. But then again, there are good and bad people everywhere.
– The working conditions here are really good. We all have our place in this institution and I think it is important for the world to understand that. That we are all important at different levels and functions.(About their childhood memories)(Kathy) I miss the smell of wood, my father’s wood. He was a cabinetmaker. Everywhere I see or smell wood, brings me back to my childhood. I also miss my mother’s homemade dishes.
(Amiovi) I am Belgian like Kathy, but I also always miss my Togolose and Congolese roots.
Of course I consider that I am European. But I will never forget where I come from.
– I think the concept is beautiful, to be European. To be “all in this together”.



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