Salome in Bremen // 1st Report

I was in dire need of some major life changes. After the whole COVID situation, my student life in Georgia turned upside down. No new faces, no exciting events, and after that it remained like that. I craved hearing different stories from different people, going on adventures, and expanding my horizons. So, when I got the news that I was in, I couldn’t believe it. A brand-new life was about to kick off and I was so enthusiastic, ready to prove I could handle everything life threw at me – strong and independent, you know? Of course, I had some jitters because I really wanted to fit in at work and do everything perfectly, but then I realized that it’s not the most important thing, especially if you’re not professional. My coworkers also helped me in it, they always support me and if they don’t like some details in my work, I see that they try to be cautious with words. I really appreciate it.

Living with four complete strangers? Yeah, that was a difficult part.  It was a big challenge for me. I had lived with flatmates before, but they also were from the same country. But soon I realized that it’s so cool to have people from different cultures, you can learn something new in everyday life.  Of course, it also has difficulties, but through these, you learn much: how to compromise, how to be patient, how to express your worries about what you’re bothered by, how to be responsible and respectful with common spaces, and much more. 

Over these past few months, I’ve been on a crazy rollercoaster of experiences. I’ve learned how to shape clay into mugs and how to paint with stencils. We’ve had amazing workshops with kids, teaching them how to record voices and create graffiti. Additionally, I undertook the role of promoting numerous concerts through social media platforms. I helped my coworker with a theatre project where 200 children were involved. But the most fascinating which I’m proud of was writing an article for our magazine in German, I did some research about children’s theatre in Bremen, and I had meetings with people from different theatres, which was enjoyable, I met interesting people and took interviews from them, I even was invited for one of their performance. Although in the beginning, I was struggling, it felt pretty awesome to be a journalist, something totally new for me.

During this period, my wanderlust led me to explore 5 different countries – Denmark, Poland, France, Belgium, and Netherlands. Two destinations, in particular, left an enduring impression. Poland was unforgettable thanks to the Rammstein concert, while Denmark exceeded my expectations with its delightful September weather, allowing me to take a refreshing swim. I tried Couchsurfing for the first time there, which had its ups and downs. Copenhagen, with its rich culture and the intriguing district of “Christiania”, where a unique community lives by its own rules right in the heart of the city, like modern-day hippies, stood out as an unforgettable destination. 

Time flies by so quickly, and sometimes I regret not using every minute wisely. But this feeling pushes me to do more. Plus, the renovations at my workplace are done and that means new events and opportunities are on the horizon. I can’t wait to contribute and be a part of the upcoming events.

Salome is hosted by Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Bremen on our project financed by the European Solidarity Corps and Jugend für Europa.