There should be struggles to have progress
posted by Sanelisiwe Mokoena on 6 December 2015
Nana in Berlin
Nana in Berlin

Change is not an easy thing. Being away from home, from my loved ones, away from my umbilical cord was not easy at first, but has brought up a good change in me. I have learned independence; I have learned to deal with challenges and to grow. Sitting here in this moment I am looking back on where I have been in life, on how I used to do things, on how I use to handle challenges, how I use to become easily irritated and how I use to run to my parents whenever I thought I am having hard times in life. Time flies, I can´t believe I am halfway through my stay in Germany, but can still remember my first day. I can remember having a hard time to adapt to the system, language and the city of Bremen.

This month I have good and sad stories to share with you all, I have spent some time with some teenagers from Durban, they came here to participate in the pass book competition. We did a city tour with them. I went to Berlin in a German-African-youth-initiative workshop. I was so privileged to be part of it. I got to meet interesting people from other parts of Africa as well as Germany. The workshop was based on making future plans for Germanan and African partnership.

At one moment I felt bad to hear other Africans saying that they don´t consider South Africa as one of the African countries because South Africa is more privileged and South Africans have pride. I had to defend my county, but you can think how hard it was for me because this argument reached to the xenophobic attacks and I was the only South African there.

I enjoyed my stay in Berlin sleeping in a 5 star hotel, but on my last day I lost my phone, I was picked pocketed. I couldn´t believe it, but that did not stop me from getting to know about the Berlin wall history and to get to see the parliament and some memorial sights. I am so grateful to have Birgit as my mentor; she is the one who took me for sightseeing in Berlin.

One member of the incomers from Durban went back to South Africa on the 30th of November. I was jealous of her, I wished that I was the one who is coming back home. It was not easy to say goodbey. I thought about lots of things. The cold German weather and it is getting worse from day to day. I thought about my Birthday on the 7th of December and I will be turning 21. I don´t even know what to do on my birthday here since the weather has become terrible in this time of the year here in Germany. People here don´t care so much about the 21st birthday. To them it the same as all other birthdays. But the Christmas vibe has already started. Many houses and shops are already decorated for Christmas and the city at night looks really beautiful, even though it is cold. But I am looking forward to experiencing the German Festive Season.

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