I have already wrote about nicknames people gave me - with and without my consent. One thing I have been called since I was growing up, was the brother of someone. First I was called “Sina’s brother”. Then when I grew older, it suddenly changed from my older brother to my younger brothers and I was suddenly called “Kamal’s brother” and later “Soheil’s brother”. Now, it is changing again and more and more I’am called “Ana’s husband”.

What maked the whole thing a bit awkward is that when Ana and I started dating, I could not spell her surname. I’m embarrassed to say it took me sometime to learn it. There is more. When I was doing the paper work for our wedding, the civil servant and I were curious how someone from Nicaragua is called in German. The next time I was in the office, the civil servant told me it’s called “Nicaraguanerin” - which I have trouble to pronounce - and spell.