HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... DUSSELDORF - Fishily enough, working in Dusseldorf can give you a serious taste for sushi

It may not be regarded as the most exciting city in the world, but Bob Breen can’t get enough of Dusseldorf. In fact, he likes it so much that he’s lived there for 25 years. So what is it that stops him from saying ’auf weidersein pet’ to this small German city?

It may not be regarded as the most exciting city in the world, but

Bob Breen can’t get enough of Dusseldorf. In fact, he likes it so much

that he’s lived there for 25 years. So what is it that stops him from

saying ’auf weidersein pet’ to this small German city?



’Perhaps it’s a well kept secret,’ says Breen, international advertising

director at GWP Media Marketing, the sales and marketing arm of the

giant Handelsblatt publishing group. ’But my friends keep coming back -

and they absolutely love it.



’When I was at college in Germany I had a ball, so when things got tough

in the UK in the 70s, I moved back here. My first job was selling men’s

clothes in a department store. Later I sold French, Austrian and Swiss

paper to wholesalers. Then, fortunately, I was offered a job at

Handelsblatt.



’Dusseldorf is a city of only 600,000 people, so it doesn’t have traffic

or pollution problems. The fact that it’s clean and that everything

works efficiently appeals to a certain pedantic streak in me.



’In terms of nightlife and eating out, it’s certainly not a

wine-drinking or fish-eating area. The food tends to be on the robust

side. But apart from the traditional beer and pork knuckle combination,

there are plenty of international restaurants. It’s the largest centre

for Japanese expatriates in Europe, so you can get great sushi.’



Preferable to pork knuckle, we’re sure.



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