This is Natalia. Natalia is a real Muscovite who moved to Southern-Germany when she was eleven years old. Her dad was a scientist who came to Germany on a grant for a year. One year turned into two and two into more until they finally decided to stay in Germany for good. Natalia spent her teenage years in Stuttgart but then moved to Mainz in order to study Media and Economic Science. As a young student she already started working at the German public-service television broadcaster ZDF and as soon as she graduated from University, she came to Berlin to continue her work as an editorial assistant at the same TV station. “I always wanted to live in Berlin,” Natalia says and tells me that she knew that she had to leave the city one more time in order to become a freelanced journalist. A trainee ship at NDR, the public television broadcaster in northern Germany, followed as well as some freelanced work for Deutsche Welle in Moscow until she finally came back to the German capital. “Everything is big in Berlin,” Natalia says, “and the streets remind me of Moscow. I love the energy in the streets at night, as well as all the Spätis,” she raves about the city and refers to Berlin’s convenience stores which are open 24/7. “And that you can buy gummy bears even late at night,” she adds, smiling.
Natalia works as a freelanced journalist and lives in Berlin-Schöneberg. To find out more about her work go to konyashina.tumblr.com.