What do you both like about Berlin?
Mudar: It’s really multicultural, you’re free, everyone’s allowed to have an opinion – and to wear their hair, for example, as long as they want (laughs). That’s not possible everywhere in Syria – even if it’s easier in Damascus, where I come from, than anywhere else. Berlin doesn’t influence how I should live my life.
Erkan: The motto is: Live and let live. Here, you can walk half-naked across the street and no-one will object. For me, it’s the only real big city in Germany – with all its pros and cons. Berlin is dirty, loud and crowded. But that just reminds me of Istanbul where I spent the first eleven years of my life. Then I moved to a Swabian village to live with my parents, and I quickly felt like that place was a prison.