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Ailén from Italy

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, E52 has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Ailén Gamberoni Country of origin: Italy Work: Owner of Cucina Italiana and journalist Behind Stratumseind, a street full of pubs and clubs, is a green oasis. It is the street called Het College with houses, shops and ateliers covered with vertical gardens. On the corner, you find Cucina Italiana, the cooking studio of Ailén. “I was here during GLOW in 2015. This street was part of the route. I was so surprised: this in the city centre? We were lucky to find a place here. Most housing for expats is furnished, but we didn’t want that. Our cooking studio is downstairs and we live above it. And we have such lovely neighbours. They help whenever they can.” Ailén got to know Eindhoven when she visited the city two years ago as a journalist, writing for a travel magazine. “I felt the good vibes immediately. We thought about changing our lives drastically and started making plans to move to Eindhoven and organise cooking workshops. But would it work? We wanted to test our concept, so we came to Eindhoven during a few weekends and were very happy to use the kitchen of Yetunde for our workshops. When I...

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Gisèle from Curaçao

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, E52 has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Gisèle Mambre Country of origin: Curaçao Work: Communications consultant The history of Curacao is quite complicated and we really need Gisèle for some clarification. “Curaçao has been an independent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2010, just like Aruba and St. Martin. The other islands are special municipalities. At the time that was all settled, I already lived in the Netherlands for a long time,” she says on the terrace of Down Town Gourmet Market, “I came to The Netherlands for my study when I was eighteen years old. At first, I studied English, but after finding out I didn’t like it that much to be in front of the class, I transferred to Journalism. Before I arrived in Eindhoven, I lived in Amsterdam. But for my love, I chose to come here.” “Eindhoven is very accessible and I think that is very nice. When I decided to live here I said I wanted to taste the city for two years first. I was having a good time in Amsterdam and was wondering if I could find the things I appreciate here too. To me, music is very important, for example. At first, I lived...

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Mpanzu from Congo

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, E52 has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Mpanzu Bamenga Country of Origin: DR. Congo Work: City counselor in Eindhoven, coordinator Den Haag Wereldhuis and co-founder Inclusion Leaders Network (Incleaders) It’s summer and so we meet Mpanzu on a terrace in the city. We get a firm handshake and a warm welcome. Mpanzu is ready for the interview. With coffee and water at his fingertips, he enthusiastically starts his story: “In addition to my work as coordinator of the World House and City Council member, I am involved with Incleaders. I set up this movement with three others. Leaders from the public sector and business and creatives work together to create an inclusive society. A society that allows everyone to participate. That requires a change of culture. In order to achieve that, support is needed in society. Incleaders as a movement can support ideas. I am in politics, have dreams and a vision and it is of no use if my ideas have no bearing. We need ambassadors in the city who are committed to an inclusive society.” In his work as a councilor, Mpanzu put himself on the map for the first time when it was decided whether refugees would be taken in at the...

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