William

Works at a hospital parking lot

 

“I try to make people feel better when they’re visiting patients in the hospital. It’s easy to be kind. Everybody should try to be kind.” 

(San Francisco, California)

Angel

Vegetarian restaurant owner

“My partner and I started the first vegan restaurant in Tarragona. We got a dog a few years ago. That made us start thinking about why we save some animals and eat others. All animals have a right to life. This as a justice issue. I’m a trained economist and my partner is a musician. We changed careers because we feel so strongly about this issue.”

(Tarragona, Spain)

Paul

Rock singer

 

“I’m the Don Quixote of rock and roll. I live with my wife in New York City. She just retired, and we’re deciding what to do next.”

 

(Tarragona, Spain)

Bihnan

Owns icon and jewelry shop in Grand Bazaar

“I’ve worked at this shop for 50 years and 8 months. Time passes quickly when you love your work. I plan to retire soon, but I will miss it … here I call myself Burhan, but my real name is Bihnan. I’m a Syriac Christian from Mardin.”

(Istanbul, Turkey)

Ali

Simit seller

“I came to Istanbul from Tokat 30 years ago, and selling simits was the first job I could find. It was the easiest thing to do. I still enjoy doing it.”

(Istanbul, Turkey)

Tin

Works at a shop in San Francisco Airport 

“I really enjoy working here at the airport. It’s a little weird to be stuck here in a store while all these thousands of people are hurrying off to catch their flights and travel the world. But I’ll have my chance to travel again soon. One things that’s nice is that most people who are traveling are in a good mood.”

(San Francisco Airport, California)

Roy

River rafting guide

 

“I never fight with my wife. We wouldn’t even know how. We have a rational relationship. It’s not based on emotions like my first marriage. I told her when we decided to get married that ‘I don’t love you now, but I can learn to love you a little more each day.’”

 

(Absarokee, Montana)

Waricke

Mormon missionary

 

“I’m here in Salt Lake City for an 18-month mission. I’m originally from Basel, Switzerland. When I give tours here at Temple Square I meet people from all around the world. I really like that. The people who come here for tours are ready to listen and learn, so it’s a lot easier than when you’re a missionary walking down the street and trying to start conversations with strangers.”

 

(Salt Lake City, Utah)

Luca

Salesperson at Schiphol Airport

“I enjoy working here at the airport because it’s exciting. It’s never dull because there are so many people here. I meet lots of interesting people every day, and no days are the same. I rarely get to meet customers more than once here. My next plane trip is to Berlin this fall and I can’t wait!”

 

(Schiphol Airport, Netherlands)

Stefano

Cook 

 

“I never do anything with a plan. That’s not the way I live my life. I followed my girlfriend here to Leiden. Before that I was working as a video editor for TV shows in Italy. I never worked as a restaurant cook before, but I got hired and learned on the job. I like it because it keeps me busy, and I enjoy the atmosphere in the kitchen.”

 

(Leiden, Netherlands)

Steven

Steven

Blacksmith

“The thing I like most about my job is that every day is different. You never know what you’ll be asked to make next. Some clients come in and ask us to make some really crazy things.”

 (Leiden, Netherlands)

Debora

“I’m usually in a good mood. Many things make me happy. I try to look for the positives in life.”

Safet

I was a child during the war. One of the worst memories from the war for me was the cockroaches. Many of the old buildings in Sarajevo had a cockroach problem, and there was no electricity. It was dark at night with no lights. I used to wake up in the middle of the night with cockroaches walking on my chest. It was terrible. You can get used to the sounds of shooting, but you never get used to the cockroaches. The Germans lost World War Two, and then there was a re-education in Germany after the war. But there’s been no re-education with the Serbs. They still think Karadžić and Mladić are saints though they are convicted war criminals. There’s no change in their thinking.”