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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


“Something prevented me from sleeping, I was afraid to open my eyes”, Galyna Panchenko

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My story is about life in Germany, which is totally different to what I expected it to be.

It’s about the little things that surprised me.


I was born in Ukraine in 1980. Today I live in Hamburg, where I am studying Illustration.

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1. When I arrived in Germany, I was very surprised that Germans couldn’t pronounce my name correctly. Karla / Galina / Gala / Eva

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1. In one year I’ve moved apartments three times and have slept in hundreds of beds

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1. People in the photo booth look happier than usual

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1. In Hamburg hares jump in the streets and nobody eats them

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1. It’s cold and damp sleeping in the grass near Alster at night

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1. The day of the mono-eyebrow