The ones who came from the South



10:00 . (Giuseppa) Sometimes people ask me why I look so serious, they even ask me if I am in a bad mood. You know what? I’m actually almost never in a bad mood. I simply look serious because I take my job seriously!
Personally, I think that because I am a woman, some people simply expect me to put up a smiling face all the time. But I have a strong personality and I don’t want to put up a certain face or smile in order to please people. I am the way I am and if people love me for it then good. That is what my parents always taught me back in Italy. If people do not like this attitude well… I guess they have to deal with it. 

(South of South)

10:15 . (Mohamed) When I was a teenager, I arrived from Morocco to settle here. I do miss it sometimes, but my life is here now; my kids as well. I am Belgian and I am Moroccan. Life has been pretty good here: I have been working here for more than twenty years now and Reda here as well. We sense that our work is linked with that of everyone else working in this institution. They wouldn’t access wonderful food if it weren’t for us .

(Reda) I originally come from Algeria. Mo’ and I are really good friends. We share a lot of jokes at work and it makes it an agreeable atmosphere to work in. We also feel that we share similar backgrounds and cultures.

(Mohamed) – Do we ?

(They both laugh)



(Giuseppa, Mohamed and Reda work at the main self-service canteen of the European Parliament.)




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