My First week with Berlin Forum of Religions
The first week was with full of mix feelings like excitement for new colleagues, tasks and feeling loneliness, homesickness (missing my wife and kids) because of limited activities and only sending emails to a lot of organizations and people for meetings. Anja (Ifa Tutor) guided me to understand train routes and to settle down with new apartment in a busy area of Berlin. Still feeling that I am living in an empty building because couldn’t see anyone from 2 weeks in my whole building.
Because of very kind and experienced, Dr. Micheal Baumer(Manager, Berlin forum of religion), I was able to get some appointment and understand German working style in small initiatives with limited staff, mostly volunteers.It was wonderful meetings with friends of Berlin forum and some from coordinating body like Dr.Gerdi Nutzel and Peter Amsler. We had a great discussion about state and religion working here german within its framework. I got chance to answers their question about the journey as a peace activist, reasons of working for the interfaith and current situation of small religions in Pakistan.Mr. Peter invited me to one bigger discussion regarding Long Night of religions and Youth Development Foundation works in Pakistan. Dr.Gerdi invited me, cooking for peace activity to cook Pakistani Biryani to share with 30 German youth.We had shifted 5000 books to the second floor but it was fun ended up with new friends, nice coffee, and chocolate.