In 1978 I came to Bonn to start my worklife as an English interpreter at the Federal Ministry of Post and Telecommunications which does not exist any more as a result of the privatisation of the former federal monopoly. (I got a degree in English and French from Mainz University). I worked as an interpreter for 20 years, as from 1990 at the headquarters of Deutsche Telekom. Four years ago I retired and was looking for an interesting activity where I could use my core competences (communication in the broadest sense). And so I became a Bonn guide.
Like many people living in Bonn I was not born and raised here and I will never be able to speak the local dialect like the natives. But I feel at home here and love this "small town in Germany" (title of a spy novel by John Le Carré, a diplomat at the Britsh embassy in Bonn in the 1960s). Bonn boasts a wide variety of cultural events, still has an international flair although all the diplomats went to Berlin and you can meet incredibly interesting people here. Not to forget the wunderful landscape nearby (Rhine valley, Siebengebirge mountains, Ahr valley und Eifel mountains).
I take great pleasure in showing tourists the sights of Bonn and in talking about its more than 2000 years of history and what makes Bonn today. Into the bargain, I can talk about my memories of Bonn as the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany/seat of government because I saw 20 of those 50 years as an inhabitant of Bonn and employee at a federal ministry.
And last but not least I really appreciate meeting people from all over the world coming to Bonn.
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