Uerijeta Kuhanga: My first days in Germany, when we arrived everything was well organized, I cannot really complain or say something was bad, because everything was just like perfect and on time. The first thing that came to my mind was, „Yeah. Welcome to Germany“. Because, in Namibia, are not always punctual. When I came from Münster, were we had the first days of preparation, when we started to travel with the busses, you are new in a place, and they give you a ticket and you have to travel with people that you don’t even know. And when you are waiting for the bus, in Namibia it is normal when people say „Hello, how are you?“ to you. But here, even if you say „hallo“, only some will respond and some just look at you and say „What?“ That’s it.
On my first days, when I started to use the bus I sat down on the bench, and a few people stood up and preferred to stand. They were not the younger people, it was the older people, the elders.
They stood up, and they were holding their shopping bags closer to them. I was thinking „Ah okay, maybe the heard something that black people take more often other people’s things“.