May 20, 2015
Moin Moin. My name is Inken and I am the current intern in the Cultural Department of Deutsches Haus at NYU. Before I set off on my New York adventure I successfully finished my graduate studies and received a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and European Studies.
I grew up in a village close to the North Sea where I spent most days either on horseback or near the coast. However, having been bitten by a travel bug several years ago and still suffering recurring side effects such as Fernweh and akutes Reisefieber, being away from Germany for some time is not new to me. I even spent a year in the US as an exchange student during high school. Although, given that I was in a small town in Southern Texas, the experience clearly does not compare to living in New York.
Arriving in mid-April, I believe I picked the ideal time of year to explore first bits and pieces of the city, as trees were blossoming and everybody outside was in a good mood and excited about the warm temperatures and nice weather. Everybody at Deutsches Haus has been very friendly and welcoming from the start and it feels as if I have already been here for quite some time. My first weeks at Deutsches Haus went by incredibly quickly. They have been colorful, all different from one another, and definitely quite eventful. Some of my personal favorites so far include the breakfast discussion with journalist and television host Ali Aslan, the book reading and drawing workshop for kids with Torben Kuhlmann and his beautifully illustrated flying mouse, the very entertaining reading by Wolf Haas, and last but not least the wonderful Literary Mews Festival.
As the spring term is about to come to an end, I am very curious to see what will happen in the next weeks as we start preparing the new cultural program for the fall, and I am definitely looking forward to explore a little bit more of this fascinating, diverse, and culturally rich city and getting to know more of the wonderful people who call this place their home.