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Internationals in Eindhoven: Pollyanna from Brazil

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, Innovation Origins has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Pollyanna Niehues Country of origin: Brazil Work and Study: manager Broeinest Café and  studying to become a yoga teacher In the mail contact prior to the interview, Pollyanna invited us to her workplace, the Broeinest Café on Strijp S. Broeinest is a materials library and meeting place for (interior) architects and designers and they have an in-house café. “Welcome!” says Pollyanna with a big smile as...

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Internationals in Eindhoven: Avril from France

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, Innovation Origins has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Avril Guarino Country of Origin: France Work: Freelance Graphic Designer On a somewhat stormy morning, we meet up with Avril at the Parktheater. It is already quite busy at the theatre at this hour: groups of kids doing workshops and the Seats2Meet workplace is filled with people. We get a cup of coffee and find a place to sit. Of course, we want to know how...

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Yama from Afghanistan

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: Yama Saraj Country of origin: Afghanistan Work: entrepreneur / autonomous economist To date, Yama never wanted to join this series with an interview. But after asking one more time, he finally said yes. “The reason to participate now is that I experience a discrepancy in the way we deal with immigrants and expats. People react differently when they find out I am a war refugee and not...

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Stefano from England

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: Stefano Capacchione Country of origin: England Work: writer Since we started this series, a lot of internationals have helped us to broaden our international network. Like Colin; we interviewed him last year and he suggested asking Stefano to join the series. And here we are, in the apartment that Stefano shares with his girlfriend, a cosy living space in a short stay facility in the heart of the Eindhoven city centre. “Unfortunately we have to leave this place soon. You can only rent it for six months,” Stefano tells us, “We are currently looking for a house, this time one to buy, but that is quite difficult. Since we started looking two or three months ago, we have found some nice houses, but they were sold very fast. We will find something but we might have to rent in the meantime.” Stefano is a self-employed writer with a focus on commercial content for companies. “After we travelled for one and a half years through Central and South America, my girlfriend found a job at TMC here in Eindhoven. When she first moved here, I stayed in England because I had a lot of work to finish. I...

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Federica 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: Federica Di Lodovico Country of Origin: Italy Work: Actress If you already have taken a look at the brand new catalogue of the Eindhoven Parktheater, you may have seen Federica. She is featured in one of the stunning campaign images. Federica and the theatre make a very logical combination together: she loves to be on stage as an actress. She arrived here 8 months ago. Her boyfriend works at Philips and the first year and a half he was here by himself and they travelled back and forth between Eindhoven and Rome. But they wanted to build a life together and that is quite a challenge when you live in different countries. “Living in Rome is also very stressful. It is crowded and noisy. Here it is much more peaceful. Coming to Eindhoven was a good choice.” Before she moved here, Federica did some research on Eindhoven on social media. “At the Instagram account of Eindhoven, @eindhovencity, they reposted a photo made by a Dutch girl from Eindhoven. I checked out her page and saw she’s about my age and that she likes a lot of things I like too. I sent her a message with the...

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Antonio from Mexico

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: Antonio Colin Country of origin: Mexico Work: automotive engineer at TMC Antonio has invited us to TMC on the High Tech Campus. Through them, he works at various clients on automotive related issues. When we enter the brand new building, he is already waiting for us. Antonio takes us to the common room on the ground floor and we are pleasantly surprised with what we see. The...

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Lenise from Australia

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: Lenise Collimore Country of origin: Australia Work: freelance writer and founder of Eindhoven in Motion The Australian Lenise is a true globetrotter. Before she and her husband decided to come to the Netherlands, she lived in Japan, Turkey, Finland and England and visited over 30 countries. “Most of my travelling I did on my own before I had my own family. If we want to go somewhere nowadays I have to consider school and jobs, so it takes more planning in advance,” she tells on the terrace of Het Koffiehuisje. “My Grandfather worked at a shipping company and he sent postcards from all over the world. When I was a child I already knew I wanted to see the world too. My grandmother and parents also encouraged me to travel.” Lenise is married to a Dutchman. Years ago they lived in London, but they could only stay there for two years. So what was next? “My husband studied in Eindhoven, and he suggested we should live there for a while. We stayed for two years and then left to live in Australia. After five years we wanted to go back to Europe and chose Berlin as our...

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Esther 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: Esther Cavini Country of origin: Italy Work: Project manager at JL-Mag We take a short drive outside the city to meet with Esther. She lives in Eindhoven and works in Schijndel. We can meet her during her lunch break. We arrive at the company, which is located on a business park. Esther makes tea for us and in the meanwhile eats her grilled cheese sandwich: “Lunch is quite different in the Netherlands, compared to Italy. At a few of my former employers was warm lunch available, but at the majority, I had to bring my own sandwiches.” With our tea, we go upstairs to a conference room and Esther continues her story. “Back in 1997, I came to Eindhoven with the Erasmus program. Earlier I was on holiday in the Netherlands and met an Italian girl who also studied here with that program. Back in Italy, I discovered I wasn’t able to go to the Netherlands because there was no program for my Chemistry study. Thanks to the connections of my mathematics professor, I could go anyway. I was fortunate to join the group of professor Bert Meijer at the Technical University of Eindhoven. I was supposed...

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Konstantin from Estonia

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: Konstantin Asmanov Country of origin: Estonia Work: Program Manager at Stichting Ruimte Konstantin welcomes us at the Designhuis. The former district court has a majestic hallway and on the right, you can see the studios of local television and radio station Studio 040. “The Designhuis is also the home of Stichting Cultuur and the students of TU/e Industrial Design and Fontys Future Media Lab,” tells Konstantin, “In the former council room we organize meetups. I work for Stichting Ruimte and this is a foundation that manages spaces owned by the municipality. These spaces we turn into affordable ateliers. The Designhuis is one of the buildings managed by Stichting Ruimte.” Konstantin’s life in the Netherlands started in the city of Breda, where he studied Hotel Management at the NHTV school. “As a little kid, I picked up English really fast and later on I knew I wanted to do an international study. My first encounter with the Netherlands was in an exchange program and I stayed in Utrecht for a week. I had a good time. A few years later I was at a study fair where the NLCC (the Dutch-Latvian Chamber of Commerce) was also present. They...

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Christos from Greece

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: Christos Kougianos Country of origin: Greece Work: Manufacturing Engineer at ASML On arrival at ASML, ready to meet Christos, we have a little mix-up. It turns out we are supposed to be in a different building. Luckily it is in walking distance, so a few minutes later than planned we shake hands with Christos. He takes us to the ASML Plaza, the enormous company restaurant. On the way there we pass walls full of patents and the showroom. Next time, we would love to have a look there! “This is my first job after I graduated in Greece,” tells Christos, “My job interview with ASML was via Skype. I have a bachelor degree in Physics and a master degree in Material Science and now I work in engineering. You would think they are different disciplines, but it is all about the way you think and approach engineering challenges. I work in a great, very international, team. At ASML we have over 100 nationalities!”   “I didn’t know Eindhoven that well when I moved here in June last year. But I know now this city is the only city in the Netherlands that makes this much progress. Of...

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