Anna，德國人，來到柏林快十年了。目前身兼多職，除了在公司上班，還有自己的外燴公司Blackbird和咖啡店Melro，提供葡式餐點。 Anna is a German and she has moved to Berlin for almost 10 years. Now she works in a company, she also has her own catering business, Blackbird, and a bistro, Melro, which provides Portuguese snacks.
為什麼在柏林？ Why did you move to Berlin?
在我完成我成為廚師的職業教育（Ausbildung）以後，我開始在漢堡上班，後來得到一個工作機會在柏林，那時候我想，從孩童時代，就常常聽大家說柏林，我所有的好朋友大家都想往柏林去，於是，我也去看看這個城市長什麼樣吧。 After finishing my Vocational education （Ausbildung）to become a cook, I worked in Hamburg. Later I got a chance to work in Berlin, and since I was a child, everybody was talking about Berlin and all my friends wanted to live there. So I thought, it is time to take a look of this city. 喜歡柏林嗎？ Do you like Berlin?
我既喜歡又討厭柏林。一開始的幾年我總覺得，我應該無法在其他的城市生活，這裡實在是太方便，太有趣了，你覺得自己永遠不會寂寞，不管是幾點走在街上，總是會有人，不用害怕。已經待了快十年，我有時會有是時候去看看其他的城市的念頭，例如溫暖有海洋的地方。不過因為我2013年七月才剛開了這間店，所以我想，我應該還要在這裡再待上好一陣子吧。 I like it and I hate it. The first few years I felt that I couldn’t live in other cities anymore, because this is such a convenient and interesting place. You will never be alone. No matter how late it is, there is always someone stroll on the street. You don’t need to be afraid. It’s almost ten years, sometimes I think, it’s time to live somewhere else, such as a city that the weather is warm and near the see. But since I have just opened this cafe in July, I think, I will still stay here for a while.
有什麼可以推薦給我們的柏林景點媽？ Do you have any tips for Berlin?
在這附近有一個Maybachufer 市集，那裡有很多有趣的東西，很多不同的文化在那裡，因為大部份的攤販都說著土耳其話，有時會覺得自己也土耳其化了一點。 There is a market not far from here, called “Maybachufer”. The combination of lots of cultures let this market become really interesting. The most vendors speak turkish, so sometimes you will feel like you are also a little bit turkish.
I like this
cafe! When the first time I came in, I looked around and then chose the seat in
the corner next to the piano. The moment that I sat down I thought, ah, nice,
this is the cafe I’m looking for, with comfortable and relax atmosphere. What’s
the concept of this cafe?
I love Portuguese
food. When I was lived in Hamburg, there was a restaurant, which provides
Portuguese food. I visited there very often and I love it! I also visited
Lisbon many times for inspirations when I was planning this cafe.
So, you know
that you like to cook since you were little?
I have studied Business after I moved to Berlin. This helps me a lot not
only about my work in the company, but also my personal career. I know how to
do my tax and to manage my own business. Working in kitchen and serving the
customers let me learn to fix everything one by one without hurry. Even I am
really exhausted, people still can’t feel it.
How did you choose the music here? And there is even a piano!
I have made some list for the music here, but I also let my partners to
play the song they like. The principle is no Hip-Hop and no stressing music.
Piano is just happened to be here. A friend said he can rent me a piano with
good price, I think, ok, so we have a piano, and it did match the style of my
Then do you have
any new plan? For example, you can hold some
small concert here!
Yes, I’m thinking about that. To be
honest, I found this place accidentally and on the next day I just signed the
contract. I want to open my cafe in summer, because it is the season that
people are willing to fool around the corner, or try something new. In winter,
most people will go to where they already know directly. And it was already
June; I must do that as soon as possible. Thanks to many friends' help, we
finished the entire interior in 3 weeks and opened in July! Of course it was
like chaos at the beginning, but it works and it’s getting better now. After
Christmas and New Year, the busy season of catering, I will have more time to
plan for the concerts.
I found this lovely cafe accidentally. The first time I was there I just took a name card and left since I have another interview in the same day. After I went home I sent her email and got the positive feedback. During the interview I can't help but ask how old she is, because she looks really young (and she is young in fact!). But she already has her own business and a cafe. I wish I could be like her someday, who is independent and has great ability as well!
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Valli comes from Greece. She is a sociologist. She has moved to Berlin this September, but this is not her first time in Berlin. Now she has a delicacies shop, Rises, in which she sells several products made in Greece and they are all made from small scale producers.
We have two daughters and they both live in Germany now, and we have many German friends, therefore, we come here very often. When we visit friends here, they always ask us to bring some delicious Greek Mediterranean delicacies. Since my daughters are older enough now, so we thought: it’s time for us to do something different! Frankfurt am Main and Berlin were the cities that we considered to move to, but we love the tempo of life and the atmosphere in Berlin more than Frankfurt. Berlin is not that commercial, and that match my philosophy of this shop. Besides, the people are more open minded. This is a city with lots of new opportunities.
Do you like Berlin?
當然 Of course.
Do you have any tips for Berlin?
I love arts. One must visit the museums here, and all these wonderful art exhibitions!
Rises means root in Greek. Basically it supported to be written as Rizes, but due to the pronunciation in German, we decided to change z into s, so that it sounds much closer to the original pronunciation. And if you ask me why why I made this choice?It is because of the many meanings of the word: tradition, longevity, nature. The roots are the basis of the tree, and I like the stability and concreteness of trees.
What’s your philosophy of your shop?
Back to nature!
Does it have anything to do with the concept of health or it is more focus on the relationship between people and land?
用整體的方式來看這個概念，當我說back to nature，對我來說，是回到最自然的生活，最初的人。我的意思並不是我們應該要回歸山野，自己種菜，不去珍惜我們已經擁有的文明的果實，而是去思索生活的意義，什麼才是最重要的。這裡所販售的產品都是我一個一個去找來的，總共花了我快兩年的時間去準備。透過朋友的介紹和一些雜誌，我一個一個去拜訪每一個小製造商，我希望顧客都知道自己在吃的是什麼，而且清楚吃的東西來自哪裡，以及每一個產品背後的故事。我們應該追求質而不是量。試著透過適當的飲食來享受真實的滋味。
I think of it in a holistic way. When I say “back to nature”, for me, it means back to the basics, it means to live a natural life as a human being. I don’t mean that we should live on mountains or plant everything by ourselves or not cherish the fruits of civilization, but to think about the meaning of life, what means most to us. All the products that I have here have been chosen individually. It took me almost 2 years to set up the concept for this store. Through some introductions of a friends and the magazine I got the informations of these producers. I visited every small scale producer, I talked to them and learned a lot about their products. I want my customers to know what they are eating, where the food comes from - and the stories behind the food. We should pursuit quality, not quantity. Try to eat moderately and to enjoy the real flavor.
In these years, Greece has been the epicenter of criticism. But we have a variety of landscapes -mountain and see, and our main industries are tourism and great food. I want to show people the beauty of my country. I want them to taste Greece.
And I muss tell every one of you, the Greek coffee is really delicious! I’m the one who normally does not drink coffee, but it was really nice - I drank two cups!
Apart from the food and the great coffee, we also play quality Greek music in the shop - Hadjidakis etc.
Oh! It is the music from Greece! The music was very nice and fresh, I felt, what a wonderful morning!
I made the interior design by myself. Because there are lot of products and not every customer has time to hear my introduction one by one. It was important to me to give every product their own corner as well as the information about the producer and exact origin. All this information, along with the prices, is hand-written on papers on the shelves.
I found it really lovely, instead of the feeling of reading something, I felt more like that someone is talking to me!
I think you were really brave to do this, to put down everything you had in Greece, and to start a new life in Berlin. Aren’t you afraid?
No risk, no fun.
Is there anything else you are planning for this shop?
I am planning to serve Greek breakfast on Sundays. I want the shop to have a home-feeling atmosphere, where people can come in and really take a break. After the closing time, this place can also host small events, in which Greek food and wine will be provided. We’ve tried this a couple of times, and the feedback was really positive. Customers have told me that they felt like home. This is exactly what I want to achieve.
To be honest I was attractive by the interior and the logo of the shop, that was the reason I went inside. When I was looking around, I kept wondering, how could I never notice this shop before? Then I talked with Valli, and she told me it's just opened, no wonder I won't know this place before. During the interview, we changed a lot of opinions, and she was so energetic and very hospitable to answer my question and explain the Greece food. Besides, she let me try many food as well. Of course I was asked, why are you here?
I think, the most important thing for both of us is the thought to do some change. Yes, we should always be brave to do some change.