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“You can expect authentic personal stories that will complement, contrast or even contradict one another.”

Stanislav Daniel

“Identity is not exclusive – you don’t have to chose to be just one thing”

When Slovakia and Czech Republic separated in 1993, Stano was thirteen. Living in Skalica, on the Slovak side of the border, it meant he could no longer bicycle freely -he now needed an ID. Currently based in Bratislava, Stano also lived in Budapest and Warsaw, working as Roma rights activist across Europe. Through his work, he collected many stories in which home, belonging, travel and migration feature prominently. A Roma himself, he has a very personal experience of what it is like to be a minority in your home country.

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Agapé Szkárosi

„Our family histories are full of stories of migration“

Agapé is a third generation Greek from Budapest and even though she does not speak the language, her life has been influenced by her unusual Greek name (Agapé means selfless love). Even though she is an experienced traveler, a longtime member of the couchsurfing community and has lived and studied abroad, she loves her hometown and feels that you can only truly feel at home when you can freely and creatively express yourself in your mother tongue. She works in higher education and manages a ballet company.

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Natalia Skoczylas

„Travel makes you challenge your own boundaries“

Natalia is a true nomad, having lived in Iceland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, France, Belgium and has no intention of stopping there. She believes that home is like a model you carry with yourself and replicate when you get to a new place: you meet people, you find places to eat, to shop, to hang out, learn the basics of the language, create your rituals, your community. Her secret of adapting to a new place – biking around a lot. She is a music journalist and online community manager.

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Duong Nguyen Jirásková

„A bridge between two cultures is the best place to live”

Born in Vietnam, moved to Czech republic at the age of eight, graduated in France… Duong knows about multiculturalism and isn’t afraid to ask. A freelance copywriter who recently liberated herself from the constraints of corporate world, Duong uses her writing not only to make a living, but to break down stereotypes and fight prejudice. She blogs on a popular news site, where she writes about the Czech Vietnamese community and particularly about the struggles of her generation: embracing European culture, trying to fit in and at the same time meeting the high expectations of parents and respecting the traditional values of Vietnamese community.

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