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GET TO KNOW OUR STUDENTS: MEET DANIELLE!

It was time for a new interview in our "Meet our Students" series. This time introducing the wonderful Danielle!
Danielle started with an A2.1 course in September 2019 and finished the B2 level with us in the beginning of the year. During the courses with Vu, we got to try her delicious, homemade bread. :) Now Danielle has further professionalized her hobby and shares her knowledge on her YouTube channel Wunderbrot.
Check out her videos and her Instragram and read here what the Corona crisis had to do with WunderBrot and how political bread can be!

And, as always, you can find a German version of the interview by simply clicking the "de" language option at the top of the screen.
Transmitter: Hey Danielle, we already know each other from many courses you have taken with us over the past few months. Can you introduce yourself to those who don't know you yet? Since when are you in Berlin? What are you doing here? And why did you come to Berlin?
 
Danielle: My name is Danielle Lemieux and I moved from Toronto to Berlin in August of 2016. Originally my partner and I moved because we wanted a change of scenery and a change of pace from what we knew in Canada. Honestly, we chose Berlin by making a lot of pros and cons lists. I had never visited Germany and my partner had never even been to Europe but we just took the leap. The plan was to stay for one year but we quickly fell in love with the city and made so many strong friendships that we decided to stay. Most of the time that I've lived here I have worked as a content curator and producer for large events. 
T: What do you like about Berlin? Do you have a (secret) favourite place? 
 
D: I love so, so, so many things about Berlin. It would take 10 pages to name them all. But when I first moved I was so surprised at how many parks there are! People rave about the club scene and the art scene but the parks are probably my favourite part. I'm a Neukolln dweller so I spend most of my free time in Tempelhof and Hasenheide but I've never found a park in Berlin that I didn't like. 
T: How has the city changed in your eyes since March?
 
D: Well, I live in Schillerkiez which is next to Tempelhofer Feld so even during the peak of lockdown the area was quite busy since I think everyone thought that the perfect place to social distance was an enormous flat field.
I have noticed a significant drop in the number of tourists around though! I used to hear more English than German in my neighbourhood but it seems to be more evened out now. 
T: You also started a new cool project because of the Corona crisis. Can you tell us something about it?
 
D: Yes! I've spent the past few years baking sourdough bread as a hobby. But when Coronavirus hit it seemed like suddenly everyone I knew was interested in baking sourdough. I was getting questions every day from friends and family about my method, asking for a recipe, asking how to make a starter etc. Since my partner is a very talented videographer and video editor we thought that it might be fun to make a little video series about how to make sourdough for beginners. We called the show "Bread in Captivity" and put it up on YouTube expecting that it would make my mom and a few of my friends happy. But we were blown away by the response. It's been really cool to connect with people all over the world who are getting into sourdough for the first time. 
T: Vu and I still remember the selfmade bread you brought for all of us! What are your plans for "WunderBrot" in the future?
D: That's a great question! And I should have a better answer to it! So far we have posted four videos on the "Wunder Brot" Youtube channel and I participated in a "Bakers Against Racism" bake sale with fellow Transmitter student, Rosie Horgan, to raise money for Black Lives Matter. Right now I am hoping to create a few more videos for the channel and hopefully build it into a bigger blog. Maybe I'll even get some posts up in German one day! But if Corona taught me one thing it's that we can't predict the future, right now I'm focusing on appreciating everything I have in the present. 
T: What a perfect and very true sentence to end the interview! Thank you for letting us participate in your project. We wish you a lot of luck and many more happy moments with it. And of course we are looking forward to welcoming you back at Transmitter soon! You are always welcome here. <3